Problems on my friend's laptop, which I'm trying to fix. First problem. Boot up (~35 seconds) and I'm on desktop. Open Start Menu and click on a program (say for example, IE). It loads for a bit, then the icon on the taskbar disappears. Let's open a different program, Chrome. Loads for a bit, then taskbar icon disappears. The same happens with every program on Start Menu. (Note, however, that when I use shortcuts on the desktop or taskbar, Chrome loads. IE still doesn't.) Looking at Task Manager, the processes exist, but not the application. After waiting for about half an hour it's the same thing. Existing process, no application. Second problem. The network icon on the bottom right of the taskbar (depending on where your taskbar is, mine on the bottom). Boot up windows and connect to the wifi network. It keeps the little blue circle forever. Half an hour, an hour, same thing. Some how I'm able to access the internet this way (through Chrome). Third problem. Unable to access Services, Event Viewer etc. Using Run (windows + r) "services.msc" I'm still unable to open up the window. Even through task manager, I can't start or stop services. Same problem with Control Panel. Right now I'm typing this through Safe Mode + networking, and everything is fine, which leads me to believe that there may be a program or driver screwing up this laptop. But I have no idea how to find the problem or remove it. I've been running verifier but no bluescreens.