Just to give an update on the situation, I clicked on Internet explorer and timed how long it takes to load. It took 33 seconds from the time I clicked to open it until the time it actually loaded. I've never seen anything or heard anything like that. I've tried to search online for some remedies, but I don't even know what to call my problem. Any help or insight would be helpful.
I have a very up-to-date computer. General information about it is a Quad-core processor, 2 Gig of RAM, Nvidia 8000 GTX video card.
I woke up this morning to my battery backup alarm ringing saying that it has switched to battery backup due to electrical noise. I decided to shut the computer down. While I clicked "shutdown" and it started to shut down, either my battery ran out of charge or something but it immediately powered off while it was going through the shut down process.
Now, when I started it back up, my screen stayed blank for about 3 minutes after the Windows XP logo until the log in screen showed up. Then it took about 1 minute to even get it to go past that point. When Windows finally loads, any time I click an application like Internet Explorer, it takes 30-40 seconds for the program to run. After the program has started, it moves at normal speed.
My Windows booting process would never take more than 20 seconds to load and nothing more than a split second to load a program after I clicked on it. I tried running a few games and programs that I have and it works fine while I am in them, but it is getting them to start quickly is the problem.
I am afraid something has been damaged during the power failure of the shutdown process and was wondering if there is something I can run or do to fix it. I tried a system restore from 2 weeks ago and that didn?t fix it. Please help.