Win XP crashes when asked to delete a file

  Amalric I 15:47 27 Mar 2006

When I right click on a file and click delete Win XP goes into a song and dance, terminates Windows Explorer, then Dr Dobbs, and sometimes locks so that I have to pull the power plug out of the wall. Sometimes If I CTL/ALT/DEL and close everything I can get control again. Because of this have so many files everything is getting very slow and balkly. I have tried to the install disk to see if I can repair the operating system but there is no such option there. I am only offered the option of a complete reinstall which loses a lot of my work.
BTW: If I drag the file to the Recycle folder, it doesn't hang.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 15:49 27 Mar 2006

click here for Ccleaner and regscrub at click here Use both progs and delete all they find then do a scan with ewido click here or windows defender.


  ACOLYTE 15:50 27 Mar 2006

What files are they?,i remember reading about some files that did this somtime ago and it was related to the divx codec.So if they are movie files that may be the problem.

  Amalric I 10:31 01 Apr 2006

They are just any kind of files. I have just decided to use the work around, always move the file to the Recycle bin, never attempt to delete directly.

I went through the suggestions of GANDALF. Trying to dowmload ewido produces an erroronmy machine. As it is beta I don't know if is ewido or my machine which is at fault.

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  Amalric I 09:35 02 May 2006

I have run several cleanup programs, so many I cannot remember the names of them all. This problem has gone away, I don't know why nor why it started.

  Arnie 10:27 02 May 2006

"I am only offered the option of a complete reinstall which loses a lot of my work"

From the preceding statement, are you inferring that you do not have any kind of back up?

If not, at least use Windows System Restore.

  terryf 11:37 02 May 2006

Try acronis and make a backup for your own sake, it only takes 15 mins or so and can save a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

  leedsafc 12:59 02 May 2006

Interesting thread here. I have run into a few similar problems. When i was doing some video editing using Pinnacle Studio 9, messages like computer shutting down, and unable to open win explorer or My computer. I have to shut down and reboot it then takes forever to load coukld this be associated with divx codec as Acolyte suggests?

  VoG II 13:21 02 May 2006

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