Alright, I'm not exactly sure what the hell is going on with hp laptop but I'll try to explain it as best I can.
Six days ago (8/22) I turned on my computer only to get an error message telling me that windows failed to launch. I immediately tried to do a system repair, but after about twenty minutes I got another message telling me the problem couldn't be automatically repaired.
An hp menu opened up afterwords and gave me a few different options on what to do, and after backing up everything on my computer onto a 32GB flashdrive, I did a system restore to six days prior to that (8/16). Once it finished, I got a message saying the system restore wasn't fully successful. Before I could read the entire thing though, my computer restarted and windows launched. After taking few moments to load another message came up saying that the system restore was successful, and as far as I could tell everything was working properly.
I of course ran a full system scan through Norton Antivirus 2012, and had a look through task manager to see if anything suspicious was running, but I couldn't find anything that looked out of place nor could Norton, as it came back saying my computer was fine.
Now, six days later (8/28), windows failed to launch again. After system repair failed once again, I once again did a system restore, this time going further back to 7/24. After getting the same message that the system restore wasn't fully successful, my computer restarted and windows launched. This time though, my computer was a lot more sluggish, possibly due to all the updates trying to come in at once. More importantly though, I can no longer get Norton to open, and it occasionally pops up with an unclosable window that says error 8504, 104.
Looking on Norton's site, that error seems to suggest that I may have a rootkit, but I'm also concerned that my windows may be corrupted. I'm going to go ahead and follow the steps on the Norton site for now, but any feedback, comments or general advice would be greatly appreciated.