Apologies, I don't have much to go on here in terms of diagnosing this. I didn't make any changes to my computer. All of a sudden when i booted it up yesterday it operated exceptionally slowly. Windows seems to load ok, in the sense that I get to the login screen. After i successfully login, that's where things bog down. Usually what happens is the desktop tries to load, and the taskbar loads over the course of maybe 10-20 minutes. My startup apps appear slowly. From that point, I can try and open say Chrome, and it will open exceptionally slowly. As i speak, my desktop icons finally appeared after 10 minutes after a safe mode boot. When i mouse over the start menu, even now, i get the blue "processing" circle. Windows help and support is trying to load, but the window shows "Not responding". I have had a couple of popups during various bootups saying "Microsoft Windows is not responding", and oh there we go now Windows help and support seems to be loading, and now its stuck. I'm slowly able to open Task Manager, and see that the CPU is at 0% and Memory is at 13%. My last Bios time is 6.5 seconds. Still taking 5+ minutes to toggle between tabs. Don't hear any HD activity. I'm very slowly able to load the windows 8 start menu. 2 minutes. You get the idea.
I was able to boot into safe mode originally by holding shift when I pressed the power>reset button from the windows 8 login screen. Before booting into safemode, I tried to run a boot diagnostic, but windows said that it failed.
I booted into safemode with command prompt, things seemed to be running normally (!), at full speed, and i ran MSconfig. I decided to play with a few settings, including setting safemode-minimal as a default boot setting on the boot tab. Also, I selected i think it was a bootlog, and maybe a diagnosis option on the general tab? Then i reset the computer again. Back to painfully slowly, and the symptoms i wrote about above.
Trying to load MSconfig for you guys again so i can verify precisely what options i selected that may have returned me to the symptoms.
Not sure what other steps to take to help diagnose.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by fretallack, 18 February 2016 - 11:12 PM.