My Computer & Windows Exploer Crashing

  joethebow 20:06 11 Oct 2005

XP SP2 on an AMD XP1600 with 512Mb Ram and Nvidia Video. I've Grisoft AVG, Microsoft Anti Spyware and McAfee Firewall up to date and running.

8 times out of 10 when I click on a file in either Windows Explorer or My Computer the computer hangs.

Ctl Alt Delete and Task Manager says the folder is not responding.

I close the task in Task Manager and the desktop clears including Icons and Task Bar. A few seconds later the Task Bar and Icons reappear.

I can use 3rd party software to access the files with no problem. (ACDSEE, Video Players and Word)

It's happening on 2 separate disk drives.

I've run a registry cleaner and Hijack this which removed a load of crap but didn't solve the problem.

Tried a restart, no help.

Don't know what else to do, probably have to do a reinstall of windows, yet again. Unless, of course, one of you has an answer.

  joethebow 20:33 11 Oct 2005

TRied a system restore back 1 week but, if anything, it's even worse.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 21:23 11 Oct 2005

OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
click here

OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

REpair XP
click here

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