To access safe mode, when you FIRST turn on your computer, while it's booting, press the F8 key. Select "safe mode" from the list when prompted. Once you are in safe mode, you should get a prompt to use the system restore feature of windows. Follow the on screen instructions and restore your computer to a few days before you started having problems. If your restore is successful, make sure you are running anti-virus software. If you have no antivirus protection, you can get a Free antivirus program called Avast at www.avast.com. Another is AVG at www.free.grisoft.com. Then you should update the anti-virus and perform a full system scan.
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Your system loaded with Windows Xp Operating System might get affected by various viruses and malware. The antivirus softwares installed in your system for the removal and prevention of viruses from your system cause the freezing issue. This antivirus softwares might take too many time to load and it also make the entire system slow to boot. The antivirus programs result in the freezing of the Windows Xp during start up. Thus you need to temporary uninstall the antivirus software during the start up of your system.
It seems some programe or driver having problme with sp3. try to using system restore to restore it with previous version saved.
Or you can make a thorough scanning with anti virus software installed.. as there may be some infected files with your sp 3 installation.
1. change your theme to windows classic and then setup your favorite wallpaper.
2. if this fails create a new user account and see if you have the same problem in it too. If no, you can use the new user account and delete the one which you are using currently.
You have to do some maintenance cleaning and check up. Both hardware and software. As this age usually two years.One common failure is the harddrive. You should get some backup procedure.
As for software you may do the following.
1. Registry cleaning (Ccleaner is good but be careful also)
2. Application cleaning, uninstalling those program not needed in the system.
3. Log and history cleaning.
4. Defrag is good.
5. And virus scanning it also one of the major cause of system freezes.
6. And unloading some files (back it up then unload)
As for hardware. You may do some dusting or reseating. Usually the CPU fans and system fans and its airways.
I think your account might be corrupt, and should probably be deleted. I would highly recommend backing up your data to an external hard drive or create a temporary folder on your C drive, then create a new user account through the control panel. Once this is done, log off of the current account, login to the new account. Locate the icon titled My Computer. Right-click the icon and choose Properties. Look for the tab titled Advanced- click it. Midway down under User Profiles there should be a button titled Settings- click it. IN the list that populates with the user accounts (profiles) stored on your machine, highlight the account that you were just previously logged into (the original account that you were experiencing problems with). Once the old account name is selected, choose the button titled delete. Now, you can restart and log back in. This should put you back at a ready state. It will also resolve your problem if spyware was to blame for your inital problems. Let me know.
Dynex Wireless-G Desktop Adapter is making my Win XP freeze within seconds after logging in. I've tried uninstalling, installing about 5 times. I'm doing everything by the install directions, nothing seems to help. It's a Compaq Presario Desktop.