Restart the computer and immediately start pressing the F8 key, once per second, till a selection screen loads. Use the up/down arrows on the keyboard to select "Safe Mode", then press the "Enter" key.. Once in Safe Mode, click on Start-All Programs-Accessories-System Tools-System Restore..
At the SR window, select "Restore my computer to an earlier time", then click on the "Next' button. At the next "Calendar" window, select a bold date just prior to the date of the problem, click on "Next", then follow the prompts to restart the computer and go back to a day when things were good.
Hope this helps.
I have Winodws XP on a Compaq nc6120. I opened my laptop today to get it working and clicked on Google Chrome's shortcut, and nothing happened. The hourglass cursor came up and it stayed that way for about a half hour, then I tried to turn it off and back on the same thing keeps happening. I have also tried other programs. The task manager doesn't show up and the start bar does not even respond.
I ran an HDD self-test and it said that all tests were successful. I use Avast Anti-Virus Free, and tried to download Comodo, but something went wrong, this was the day before theses issues started happening.
I'm not very intelligent when it comes to 'under-the-hood' problems with computers, so I have no idea what could be happening.
Any help would be nice