so this morning i couldn't use my laptop because everytime i started it up, it would just leave me at a black screen with a cursor on it.
i was super close to reinstalling windows 10 until i found out all i had to do was unplug my drawing tablet and reboot.
wow. i'm dumb.
edit: turns out i need to unplug everything just so i could get to the log on screen. i'm sure i'll get used to it.