So I had been dealing with this for a while now and was just trying to work around these system hangs and other issues, but now I'm just fed up and want to fix this. Back when I updated with the Creator Update, I had tried to use microsoft support to remedy these problems and they began by telling me my computer was not compatible with Win10, even though Dell lists my computer as compatible. They then told me I had to reinstall my operating system to fix the problems, and disable updates to avoid having the Creator Update reinstall itself. I have no large external storage device and therefore am not willing to lose all my files if I do a full OS reinstall, so I'm looking for anything else I might try before I go down that road. I will try to be as specific in describing the issues I'm having so bare with me.
#1. Computer start up- It used to take less than one minute from pressing the power button to the point where windows was up and running/usable. Now, when I start up, I enter my password, and then it takes more than 3 or 4 minutes with only the desktop image shown (no icons, no mouse cursor). The day before the update, it was fine, the day of the update, this problem began.
#2. Windows Explorer Hang-ups- When I open windows explorer from the icon on my task bar, the window opens immediately. If I try to navigate to any other folder from there, either from the quick access bar or the icons in the main window, windows explorer hangs for around a minute. There are no indications from the task manager that anything is happening and computer just sits at idle.
#3. Deleting files/folders- Once I get to the file or folder I want to work with, I sometimes have to delete things. If the file to be deleted is just a file (not inside a folder, just a file of any type, i.e. img, avi, doc, mov, etc.) it usually deletes right away. However, if I have to delete an entire folder, the system opens the window showing the progress of the deleted file folder and then the system hangs for around a minutes before doing anything else. I can work with anything else as this is hanging, so it is not a full system hang, just the delete process hangs. Then, once it starts deleting (progress is shown in window) and if there are sub folders in the deleted folder, the delete process hangs again for about a minute. It does this for each and every sub folder, and sometimes taking over an hour to delete a folder with less than 100MB if it has multiple sub folders.
#4. Firefox hangs- I know this really isn't the place to talk about a program like this, but it is relevant to the overall problems I'm having with programs hanging. This problem does not happen with Google Chrome or I.E./Edge, only with FF. When I open FF, the window opens and I can use the browser just fine, for about 2-4 minutes. Then FF becomes unresponsive for around a minute (not responding message appears) and then after a minute or so it begins working again with no problems. It only happens when I open FF and never happens again even if using FF for a long time (hours upon hours). If I close FF before it becomes unresponsive, the task manager will continue to show 3 process running FF yet the window is no longer open. I can open another browser window and go through the process of using it for a few minutes, it goes unresponsive, then responsive again and I can close that window and that process will end, but the 3 process from the previous FF opening are still in the task manager. The only way to make them stop is to manually end the process in the task manager.
These problems are not critical, but they are becoming a lot more inconvenient and are slowing my work down considerably. I have to now plan ahead when deleting files or using the FF browser and I'm getting very annoyed. If anyone has experienced these kinds of issues and knows what I can do to remedy these problems, please let me know. I will add that I've gone through and completely deleted FF and reinstalled, disabled all addons and extensions, and tried all the troubleshooting guides from Mozilla to no avail. Everything still happens as I've described. As far as the OS reinstall, I'm getting to the point where I might just bite the bullet and try a full reinstall losing all my files/programs but hoped I could find some other fix here, so this is my last chance at finding a solution. Please let me know if you need more info and I will provide it as best I can. Thanks in advance for anyone who can help.