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Windows 7: Computer suddenly starts acting weird and becomes unuseable

16 Jan 2015   #1
realflow100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Computer suddenly starts acting weird and becomes unuseable

I go to restart my pc (nothing new) then when it tries to start up. Takes ages. At least 3 minutes to get to desktop! Rather than the usual 15 seconds or so (bad guess)

And when it gets to the desktop. I can do like 1-2 things. Open task manager for a few seconds (Nothing unusual there. Normal processes showing and low CPU usage. Then suddenly absolutely everything freezes except the mouse pointer and keyboard lights. Have to hard restart by powering off via button or power cable.
Any idea whats wrong? Im in safe mode with networking (Took ages to boot even in safe mode but didn't freeze. so that's really weird it freezes in normal mode with looong boot times but doesnt freeze with long boot times in safemode)


250 views and no replies?? Really? Please help! I don't want to have to reinstall windows because of an unknown problem

350 views and still no answers on how to fix this..... may end up just reinstalling and losing all my data


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22 Jan 2015   #2
realflow100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Help?
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23 Jan 2015   #3
realflow100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

really does nobody know what the problem might be?? i need this to be fixed! I can't use a computer that doesnt work right
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23 Jan 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Because of this in you System Specs no one know where to start.

Quote:
Antivirus Unknown//N/A//in-use?
In todays world of internet using no Security program is a death wish for computers.

If I was brought a computer in this fashion for repairs the first thing I would do is a Clean Install with all updates and MSE as a anti virus to start off and go from there.

Here is a couple of tutorials that can help with the Clean Install.

By Brink:
Clean Install Windows 7

By Gregrocker:
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Here is MSE.

Microsoft Security Essentials - Microsoft Windows
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23 Jan 2015   #5
realflow100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

i gave up and just reinstalled windows through an extracted iso onto a usb stick. works better now sorry the problem couldn't be resolved sooner. i haven't had any virus issues for years scanned the entire windows.old folder (saved all my important data rather than formatting) with malware-bytes Anti-Malware and nothing was detected so i don't know what caused it and i hope the issue doesn't reappear.
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23 Jan 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Malwarebytes Premium and Microsoft Security Essential work quite well on both of my system. They both play well with Windows 7.

Make sure you have the Windows 7 Updates including SP-1.
For Window 7 to work properly and safe it is a must to have SP-1.
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23 Jan 2015   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

If you're happy with how things are running, consider making backup images.
Then it takes less than 30 minutes to restore if anything goes wrong.
I create backup images at least once per month.

Tutorial by whs for Macrium:
Imaging with free Macrium

Tutorial by Brink for Windows built-in Backup:
Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

I prefer Macrium.
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23 Jan 2015   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Good idea David.

I also prefer Macrium.
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25 Jan 2015   #9
realflow100

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I have no CD/DVD drive (Filled with a 250GB hard drive) so would that work? to store important stuff on?
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25 Jan 2015   #10
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

I just bought a Western Digital 500 GB external drive from eBay for less than $50. YMMV. But skimping on imaging is just begging for disaster. Full disclosure: like Bear and David I am also a Macrium disciple.
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