I bought Vista since I figure I need to do a reformat and used this as an excuse to jump on the vista bandwagon, but here is my challenge with XP.
This started about 2 weeks ago...when I launch Adobe Photoshop and go to open a file the program locks up and I can sometimes end the program and other times I need to reboot. I deleted and reinstalled the program and the same thing happened during the installation process. I downloaded a free picture editor (Faststone) and the same thing is happeneing. I also had lockups using the add/remove programs in control panel.
When I go through IE to update Windows IE locks up during the process where the blue bar scrolls while it is determining what updates are available. I was unable to update in safe mode.
Now, in safe mode I can use Faststone to open and edit pictures.
I made no changes at all to my system when this started. I ran antivirus, registry cleaners, and defragmenter but nothing has helped.