I'm very new to these forums so hello to everyone!
I've looked through a bunch of other threads to find a solution to this problem and so far haven't had any luck, so here goes.
I've recently done a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate RC 64-bit Build 7100 on my Dell XPS 420. Everything was running fine for the most part but recently i've been getting an odd stuttering when booting into windows. This problem seems to occur randomly; sometimes windows boots and is perfectly fine. I've also noticed that neither my network or sound volume icons appear on the taskbar and many programs refuse to launch. Right clicking on the desktop seems to show the most noticeable stuttering since it takes 5-6 seconds for the menu to appear. Basically it makes windows unusable.
There are a couple of things that i can think of that may be causing this but i'd like to see if any of you might have come across this before i spend time reinstalling every application or reinstalling windows!
I've got a Quad-core Intel Centrino, 8GB RAM, nVidia 8800 GTS, Creative X-Fi Fatality. I've installed manufacturer drivers
for the sound and graphics cards. I also have Steam, Norton Internet Security 2009 and MagicDisc (Virtual CD Drive) installed. I do have MagicDisc and Norton installed on my laptop which is running the same version of windows and i've had no problems with that.
Any help on this would be appreciated! Thanks in advance for any responses!