Problem Descriptions: Windows boots up and allows me to logon, but after the welcome message, I see a black screen with just the arrow key. Start a new task "Explorer" in task manager, nothing shows up even though I can see the new explorer process in the processes tab of the task manager windows. I believe
I can create the explorer task in safe mode, so the file isn't corrupted or missing?
I don't know how to proceed at this point. How did I run into this problem at the beginning? It starts when I update couple outdated software via avast scan outdated software, I can't remember exactly which one I update, most likely Adobe Air, Flash player plugin, but the last one I update is itunes, it hangs or freezes so I have to reboot it and that's how I get into the problem. I really appreciate someone in the know can give me some pointers. Thanks in advance.
Yes, I can get into safe mode. I have tried to uninstall itune and apple related stuff in safe mode, but it won't let me. I have no proof but I believe
itune is causing the problem and I want to undo it.
Is there anything else I can try? Really want to get it working again.
What I don't understand is, in the choose a restore point screen, the top listed "Install: Windows Update" which is the same date the system fails to have a clean boot. I haven't been able to install any windows updates for years, and I have tried many many solutions. So what is this windows update from? Right below is when I added a new drive I believe.
The first available "System: Scheduled Checkpoint" is 6 years ago. Will there be any harm if I choose to restore to it?