I have been having an intermittent problem with my Win7 machine. I have several programs that automatically launch at startup, but sometimes it gets stuck partway through this process and leaves only some of the programs launch, with some of them apparently having hung, and never launches the remaining ones. A lot of the programs are Gadget apps, and when this happens, only some of the Gadgets launch, and then (some of?) the non-Gadget programs that usually launch after them fail to appear. And then I sometimes starts having issues with the Start bar not responding. If the start bar IS responding, I can try to issue a shutdown from there, but sometimes it doesn't act on it. The non-Gadget programs that are supposed to launch that aren't include Pidgin, which doesn't launch at all now, and Skype via SkypeLauncher, which seems to launch but gets no farther than the point where the SkypeLauncher shows the name of the account its meant to be launching, and then it just stops at that point and gets no farther. I could usually get around this startup problem by shutting the machine off and restarting it, and to keep doing this until I finally got to a session that everything launches normally, but today I'm not getting any luck on that. This time, I can't get this workaround to work at all. Sometimes it declares it needs to do CheckDisk at power on, but when it tries to, it gives an error that some other thing recently installed on my machine has disabled it, and suggests I either uninstall that, or do a rollback. This startup issue used to show up only occasionally... maybe every few weeks. Lately it has been doing this every couple of days. Where do I go from here? This is really frustrating, particularly because it has locked me out of an event I needed to be attending tonight. oO editted to add: Also, once it has gotten to this point, often I can't get other programs to launch, either. For instance, if I Ctrl-Alt-Del to try to launch TaskManager, the screen I would select TaskManager from never comes up. Oo edit2: I finally captured the error that I was getting when trying to do checkdisk at startup. The system was clearing the message away before I could fully read it, so I had to snap a picture of it with my iPad. oO The message I get is: Cannot open volume for direct access. Autochk cannot run due to an error caused by a recently installed package. Use the system restore feature to restore to a point prior to the recent software package installation. edit3: In safe mode, from the CMD prompt, I invoked chkdsk C: and it gave no apparent indication of trouble. edit4: Argh, now the machine is mistakenly convinced "This copy of Windows in not genuine" and leaves me staring at a blank, black screen at startup. edit5: The exact message is: Windows7 Build 7601 This copy of Windows is not genuine.