I'm using Windows 7 Ultimate and I have a problem when it doesn't start properly. It hangs at the desktop, doesn't load any icons on it except the ones in the taskbar. I can move my mouse around but can't click anywhere and cannot open task manager or anything like that. The way I "fixed" it was to turn it off by holding the power button down for a few seconds, start it into safe mode, then restart and start it normally. It usually works but today it gave me a bit of a trouble. Now this might sound silly but I figured I should point it out anyway. Earlier today I made Steam not start up as soon as I turn my PC on. After a couple of hours later my laptop froze (it does that sometimes) and I tried the old method of turning it on again but it didn't work even after like 10 times. I then went into Safe Mode, made Steam start up as soon as my laptop is on and restarted my whole laptop and it worked again. Does Steam by opening give it a little "push" so it doesn't hang at the desktop? Pretty weird if you ask me. Now I've had this problem before, a year ago. I would hear noises inside my laptop and I had same problem. I had warranty and they said hard drive was busted and needed to be replaced. After I got it back it worked fine except I heard the noises again. Then they replaced the fan. After that everything was fine, no noises, windows started properly. But now, about a year later I have the same problem except I don't hear any noises (I can safely assume, those two problems weren't connected). So it's weird to me. They already replaced the hard drive but is it possible it's the same problem again? Or is there something else?