resolved the problem and posting in case any other experience it in the future.
Opened windows update and downloaded and installed "Intel graphics 4600" on its own without any of the other 100+ updates it wanted to install.
I believe this was the fix as the install was being interrupted by one of the many other updates trying to occur at the same time when restarting the PC.
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