Earlier this week, my PC decided to lessen it’s functionality to that of shiny paperweight. I’ll do my best to explain what my PC is doing and what I’ve tried doing to fix it.
For starters, my specs (these are just off the top of my head cus I can’t actually view them lol)
- 1tb HDD
- 32gb ddr4 ram
- intel 17 3770
- nvidia gtx 970
- Windows 10
One day, I got home from work, and turned on my monitors. I had left my PC on since my last use, and saw it was on the login screen, so I assumed it was a windows update. Upon logging in, I was greeted with a black desktop with the icons not properly loading and an uninteractable task bar. I assumed this was caused by the windows update and rolled back to the previous version. It didnt yield any results, so I tried to load a recovery point from a couple of weeks ago. At this point, not even the icons nor task bar showed. I could still open the task manager and see that my system was using 100% of the disk, and windows explorer was not open, and it would not work even by starting it manually. At this point I started unplugging all unnecessary hardware from my pc, but nothing fixed the issue. I want to clarify that the login screen functions perfectly fine, and I have logged in with a test account made with command prompt to ensure its not a corrupt user.
I decided to do a system restore (not deleting my files though, as I have lots of important stuff I can’t lose). This once again did not fix it. I’ve done most of my troubleshooting in safe mode, and it hasn’t made it any better.
I followed this guide as best as I could. The only things I couldn’t do were the device manager and regedit options, as I can’t open either. None of the others made any differences.
I’m sure I may be forgetting some details, so if you need any clarification, please ask. I’m desperate to isolate the problem to find a quick fix as soon as possible, as some of my livelihood depends on it.
Much thanks, lads.