For some reason my machine booted up this morning on its own for some unknown reason while I was in bed!! I thought nothing more of it started up a game (but there was no sound) then rushed out and left it running.
This afternoon when I returned and closed the game, the first thing I noticed was that the task bar was half hidden below the bottom of the screen (I usually have it at twice the standard size to give a full row of quick start icons).
I managed to get it back to the correct size by removing the quicklaunch toolbar - which hid the taskbar completly - and then re-enabled the quicklaunch buttons which enabled me to expand the taskbar.
Further to this, windows pauses while it starts up for 30 seconds which it never has done, all network connections have dissappeared and none of the programs that usually start with windows start - including norton.
Norton crashes on running from the start menu and Internet Explorer opens for a fraction of a secon and then it closes.
I cannot copy and paste files to my external HDD so that they can be backed up and a fresh installation of windows made.
Has anyone any experience of this problem or does anyone know what is going on??
As an edit, I have thought of a few more things...
Folders eg. My documents do not show as normal in the taskbar.
The CPU usage is around the 95% mark continually
The machine will not perform tasks such as defragmentation!
Edited by james85, 15 November 2006 - 05:28 PM.