I have been having strange issues with Windows 7 lately. I have no idea what causes them. Before it started, I had not installed anything new or made any changes to windows settings.
One day a few weeks ago, startup took an abnormally long time. It hangs on the black logo screen sometimes for 30 seconds, sometimes for 5 minutes. Sometimes it cannot start and restarts, prompting startup repair options. The problem seemed to go away after 2 or 3 days. Now it is happening again.
When it does start, there are often system and software icons missing. Restarting may fix it or not. Sometimes the volume icon will be missing. After a restart, the volume icon may reappear, but the network icon will be missing instead. When this happens, the options to show these missing icons is greyed out in the properties menu.
So far I have:
scanned with malwarebytes, ccleaner, and spybot
startup repair- says repairs have been attempted, restart to see if they work
system restore to a day when this was not an issue- never works
disabled all startup tasks in task scheduler
sfc /scannow- often reports that some corrupt files cannot be fixed- will post the CBS log, not sure how to interpret.
disabled non-windows programs from running at startup
unplugged all usb devices when starting up
I really appreciate any help!
Edited by tVEC, 02 July 2016 - 03:40 PM.