Looks like my 4 year old cheapo Acer desktop PC has bit it. Started acting funny on Sunday and got to where stuff wouldn’t load normally, Firefox crashing and stuff like just the control panel taking many minutes to load. System restore to a previous date ended up not possible, there were no restore dates to use, though I’ve used it before without issue. Don’t know what happened there, unless it’s part of what a virus might do.
Since I don’t store much on my PC, stream most everything and what is stored is backed up on Google Drive, I figured I had nothing to lose by doing a Windows reinstall. It took 5 hours, and now won’t complete the startup. So, that’s it. Right? I’ll try the reinstall one more time, but figure it’s a waste of time. Time to buy another cheapo?
Since I’ll likely spend $250 or less on a replacement, I don’t know if it would be worth taking it to a repair shop before giving up completely, if they can’t fix it, it’s just more money I don’t really have to spare.