I should point out now that I have NO malware. None. I'm sure of this. To give you an idea of what errors I have, here are a few examples off the top of my head.
I think one way i can help explain is also to follow up each with related programs I have installed. Maybe you can spot some unfriendliness between software that may be causing an issue.
1. All my file associations related to media files disappear. If I re-associate them, they can still play. I never have a clue of what destroys all those associations. This normally happens during a session. It doesn't happen at boot or on shutdown. They can all vanish and be stuck with no idea what to open it with if I just open a folder. This IS system wide. This actually happened on two different Windows installations. (For the record, this is always the same PC)
Programs related to media on PC:
VLC Media player
ffdshow codec pack
(These I'm currently dealing with)
2. Missing Windows Dialog attributes. Here's a link to a screenshot image to show what I'm talking about. To those familiar with Photoshop, you should know something is wrong with that image. (Hold the jokes, that's NOT photoshopped! It's what was on my screen) http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z254/Zyrolasting/tmp.jpg Luckily, I only saw this happen in Photoshop.
3. Error box popping up as the computer is shutting down informing me some memory at some address could not be "read" or "written". I do not remember the exact text, but I know one address it mentioned was 0x0000001 or so. This happens every other boot.
The above two may be related to my compiler, couldn't it? If I write a bad program, could it cause some issues like these? I'm told otherwise, but I cannot imagine what happened with no malware around.
While on the topic, I use these security softwares: AVG8 Pro, SpywareBlaster, SpywareGuard and Spybot S&D. I check for updates every week. AVG checks every 4 hrs.
I reinstall windows every couple of months due to something nutty like this because I also notice a performance hit... I figure I have some bad habit I don't know about. (Excluding reintalling windows so often =p)
I do very well with disk management, so I don't know what that habit could be. Just curious, on the side... How much of a difference is Quick format from full format when I reinstall Windows XP? Rather, would it help me any to go Full? I always did Quick.
The PC acts wonderfully when I reinstall, so I figure somewhere along the line I screw up somewhere. I just can't pinpoint where.
I think I'm missing something. Do you need any information from me to help trace the issues? I don't know what to offer, so let me know.
Edited by zyrolasting, 10 December 2008 - 06:10 PM.