When I start my computer it let's me enter my password to log in and then it gets stuck on the wallpaper with no icons showing except for a small windows icon in the corner that usually has all my programs in it. The cursor moves and turns into a timer when it hovers over the small windows icon but I can't click on anything or do anything. I've run a fast system test and everything was working there: memory test, hard drive/SsD optimized DST check, I forget what else it checked. I am running a second pass system fast test right now that takes an hour. Please help. Thank you!
@Cnimer -- it is possible that your Windows installation is messed-up, and that your hardware is OK.
One way to prove this is will take some effort:
if you do not have a "spare" disk-drive, purchase one. Maybe, a local "owner/operator" computer-store will have one for $10 to $20. Even a 60 GB disk-drive will have plenty of capacity for this experiment.
open-up the computer's case, and disconnect the data and power cables from the disk-drive.
remove the disk-drive.
connect the "spare" disk-drive.
if you use an Ethernet cable from the computer to your cable-modem, disconnect it from the computer.
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