So I was playing Skyrim and it crashed/hard-locked my machine right after a transition. I think it may have been in the middle of an autosave. After my machine came up, I fired up steam and it went to a black screen where the store is, dragged slow as hell, and dragged slower still when I went into the library. Just listing the achievements for Skyrim took 10 minutes of them popping up. I closed out through Task Manager and it said it was trying to autosync to the cloud and I left it to finish to see what would happen. When I woke up the next morning, it was still going.
So I've uninstalled steam and my entire library as a result, rebooted, went to steam's site and DL'd the client and reinstalled. I was able to DL Skyrim but then it still hangs. I just fired it up and the store is still black, the little advertisement pop-up of what's new is black, and my system has slowed to a crawl so long as it's running. I waited about three or four minutes, and it crashed out completely. So I'm wondering if I need to uninstall it, strip whatever remains I can out of the registry (using Win7) and try again.
Has anyone ever experienced this and if so, were you able to remedy it? I found quasi-similar things on the steam help boards but couldn't find a fix that would work. Thoughts?