When I boot up my pc, randomly 15-30minutes after logging on, all of the programs running will freeze with "Not Responding" on their title bar for a few minutes. After a few minutes the programs will unfreeze, and more problems arise.
These problems include, some of the open programs working, some partially working , and some not working at all. When I try to to ctrl alt delete to close the frozen programs, an error message will pop-up Cannot find explorer.exe. Also when I open the start menu it is completely blank, doesn't show anything. Also, some of my desktop icons disappear, while some others stay. In general, the computer gets really buggy, and I cant do much.
I have been having these issues for roughly a week. I formatted on Mon, Aug 27, and the issues still arise since the format, so it appears the issues is more likely hardware related.
Since I formatted, I have chkdisk /f /r, and sfc /scannow, but the issues still arise.
About a week ago I was trying to clean my case, get rid of dust, etc, but before I did it, my case fell roughly 6 inches to the ground, thinking this issue could be hardware, most likely a bad HDD related.
Any tips or hints? Thanks