The relevent section of windows also crashes temporarily if I open these files. This occurs when I try to run them from explorer or the start menu or other windows locations, but not when I try to import a file into a program from the program itself. For example, if I drag and drop an mp3 file into my winamp (being the program associated with mp3 files) playlist it adds it without delay and plays it fine, but if i double-click on the mp3 file in windows then I get the pause.
I searched on google for pages referring to explorer hanging and I found several suggestions. They mostly involved badly programmed context menu extensions (particularly DivX and SpySweeper), so I downloaded ShellExView which multiple websites suggested, but when I had used it to disable all non-microsoft extensions the problem hadn't changed.
I also ran System File Checker (Run --> 'Sfc /scannow' ) but it found no corrupt files.
In all other respects my computer runs very smoothly. And I am pretty sure that my computer is at present free from all spyware and viruses, having run multiple programs and inspected the registry and the running processes thoroughly. I have SP2 installed, and all updates.
Does anyone have any suggestions?
Edited by robinofnotts, 04 February 2005 - 04:10 PM.