I have an ancient Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 laptop with WinXP Pro and MS Office on it. It's always been reliable, although slow. I no longer connect it to the internet, although it has Avast AVG (with 1 service running). I usually just close the lid and let it hibernate, and I did that a couple of weeks ago without leaving it plugged in, and it ran out of power and shut down.
Since that time, it has been unuseable. I can do a hard shutdown, and it boots right up, allows me to log on, and then whatever app I try to run, it just hangs. I did manage to do disk cleanup on my admin account and run a defrag a couple of days ago, but mostly I can't get it to respond. I can open control panel and look at installed programs, but that hangs, and then I can't get anything to close. Pretty much everything looks like it will start, but at some point it hangs, and the only thing I can do is a hard shutdown. Ctrl-Alt-Del won't respond, shutdown hasn't responded at all.
Sometimes, on a reboot it does a disk check before starting Windows, and that seems to run through fine. I'm going to go do another hard shutdown, and try to check the volume for errors from Windows. I was told to try sfc /purgecache and sfc /cachesize=150, but the first command locked up the machine.
I know it won't be even worth the time to try Word (which is mainly what I use it for).
What might be wrong, and is there anything I can do?
Update: hard shutdown, restart, restarted fine and I logged in, ran disk check, and it is fine. Went to shutdown, and it has quit responding. The mouse moves, but I can't click on anything. I do a ctrl-alt-del and go to task manager, and now it won't close or respond.