My WinXP PC has been playing up lately, with random slow-downs, restarts in about 1 in 10 boot-ups, occasional failure to load systray programs (ie. volume control and Norton Firewall) and even USB on one occasion.
I've had to cure a few DLL errors with SFC and Error reports are frequent, sometimes 5-10 per session, sometimes none for a few days.
As to why? Well, it's all defragged and scandisked, I've made no system changes or software installs for months (apart from the usual Windows Updates), there doesn't appear to be any hardware conflicts and it's virus free.
The OS installation is only 8 months old, so I want to avoid a re-format and re-install if possible.
Re: my first post - I haven't had any error reports for a few days now (at least, not in my own user account) but the start-up glitches are worse and more frequent. I sometimes have to restart up to 3 times just to get every service and program to run. I'm not very familiar with msconfig or the Recovery Console, so I haven't been able to check the boot files or disable certain services (assuming that would find the root cause). If anybody out there has had similar problems with XP and knows more, please help, before my PC meets with an accident!
The second user account (also an administrator) still gets at least one error report per day, usually first thing in the morning. Once the PC has been used for some time or gets booted up again, the problems are less common. Is this just coincidence?