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If you can boot into Windows 10, open the new Settings app (the cog icon in the Start menu), then click on Update & Security. Click on Recovery, and then you can use the 'Reset this PC' option. This will give you the choice of whether to keep your files and programs or not.
That should ‘reinstall’ windows and sort your problem if it’s software related, plus you keep all your old files.
When my missus kept complaining about her laptop I stuck a SSD in it and it solved everything.
I’m yet to see Windows 10 run well on a mechanical drive tbh.
One thing you can try is changing the delivery optimisation in the updates section on settings. It defaults to using your pc for sending files to others on the internet so it runs in the background without telling you.
SSD’s just slide into the bottom of the laptop. You remove an assess panel on the underside, lift the old hard drive up at one side and slide it out. Then pop the new one in. You’ll need to do a fresh install of windows though.
If it's reasonably new and came installed with Windows by the manufacturer then if it doesn't have the key with the machine it should just install and pick up the key automatically, the days of licence keys stuck to things are fading fast.
If it's a hookey copy of Win10 or you bought it second hand and don't know how it was installed, then not so much.
Sounds like some sort of driver conflict or some other software issue. Usually when a platter hard drive dies, it just dies.
Download windows, download Rufus (program), use rufus to make a bootable USB drive. Turn the laptop off, pop the USB stick in, and it should boot into the windows install. Just do a fresh install. If that doesn’t sort it, it’s hardware related.
I have left it on all day and not touched it, let it do it's thing and now it all seems back to normal.
It must have just had a MASS of updates to do which was causing the disk drive to go mental.
Either way, I think I'm going to drop an ssd into it to save having to go through this ever again lol.
I would still appreciate a remote from yourself though @Simon998 simon9if that's still on the cards just to check everything is normal?
Yeah I’ll bounce in for a bit on Wednesday. Shouldn’t be anything too tasking. You should still do that task I posted above. It will find any corrupt or missing files in windows and fix them. Takes a while to run though so I won’t be able to do it on wed.