Neither of those things are normal for Win 7. The icons should open programs more or less immediately, and if windows shuts down like that there is a problem with the software.
A lot more information is needed to diagnose such problems.
You can use this; Speccy - System Information - Free Download
to find out more about your system.
Download and install it. Fill out the "My System Specs" ( Lower left of your post viewing window ), using the information you get from "speccy". Then we have some basis for diagnostics.