Usually such things are the result of a problem program, or programs which are locking things up.. Let's try stopping some of those programs from running at startup, identifying the problem program, then removing it from the mix..
Restart the computer into Safe Mode. (Start the computer and immediately start pressing the F8 key, till a selection screen opens. Use the up/down arrows to select "Safe Mode", then press the Enter key.)
After the machine is in Safe Mode, click on Start, then type "msconfig" in the search line, then press the "Enter" key. When the System Configuration Utility loads, click on the "Startup" tab, UNCHECK all the boxes listed there. If you're familiar with this section, you can leave a few items CHECKED such as hard drive listings a few other, but be sure to UNCHECK everything else listed including the antivirus, etc.. Then click on "Apply",, then OK and restart the computer.
Upon restart into "normal" Windows, see if things work correctly. If so, then you'll know that one of those programs, or more, is causing the issue.. So, start "re-checking" the programs, one by one, till you find the culprit.. If the culprit is a program which isn't required to run at startup, then leave the box UNCHECKED or even uninstall the program if you don't use it.. You can safely leave a few programs UNCHECKED such as Java, Adobe Reader, etc. as they're not required to run at startup anyway.
Hope this helps and let us know how it goes.
3 month old HP Dv6 Laptop with Windows 7 Problem Windows 7 desktop icons freeze after startup has completed. I have gone through all 106 posts about Windows 7 freezing at startup but I have not as yet found one that fits my problem exactly. So I will try to explain the problem but please be patient as I am not a computer expert but I can follow most basic instructions, and the laptop in question is my wife's and I am more familiar with XP on my own computer. The following problem is intermittent at switch on, and when it happens the only way out of it is to power down then switch back on again, maybe once or maybe 3 or 4 times before it is O.K. In the past couple of weeks, after switching on Windows 7 it boots up as normal to the desktop, but the first icon you try to open whether it be a desktop Icon which will highlight or a toolbar button at the bottom or even the 'Start' button which will depress the computer will not open these items. The mouse pointer can still be moved about the screen so the computer has not actually frozen. I have checked the startup folder which is empty