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Windows 7: Intermittent hanging on Windows 7

25 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 7 64 bit Pro
Intermittent hanging on Windows 7

One moring recently after (apparently) a Windows update, I noticed a series of unexplained system hangs. The first was at the login screen where Windows wouldnt accept input of password. Eventually I got through that but I continue to have problems on things like closing Firefox, no response when I select "Save" for a downloaded file. Any ideas? Sorry to be a bit vague but I cant see any real pattern.


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25 Jun 2013   #2

Windows 7 64 bit Pro

As a follow up, I have noticed that one consistent failure is than, on W7 start-up when the login screen is presented, the machine will not respond to use of the mouse to select the user account icon and thus call up the password entry field. It WILL respond to selecting the icon by using enter on the keyboard. Both mouse and keyboard are Logitech wireless working through a common receiver.

Another oddity is that I cannot move my desktop icons even though "Auto arrange" is unchecked. Also, on start up the original icon layout at shut down is not preserved and the icons are all grouped at one side of the desktop!

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25 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 10x64 Build 1709

I'm assuming you've ran all your anti-malware/anti-virus scans? If not I think that should be your first step. After that, if no help, have you considered a system restore to a point before this started? Also, a sfc/scannow to check for any corrupted system files couldn't hurt. We have many fine tutorials here, written by some VERY knowledgeable people, heres one for the sfc/scannow procedure.(Just click on the link. Hope this helps.)

SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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