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#1 rmwatson89

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

I have Windows XP Professional (2002 Version). Until recently, my computer started up slowly and was unable to hibernate, standby, or restart. This was because there were far too many programs which started up as my computer turns on. So I turned off most of them. After this, my computer had worked fine for a couple days, but suddenly it is unable to open many of my programs. iTunes, Microsoft Word and Excel, Symantec Antivirus, and most of my other programs won't open, displaying a "[Program] has encountered a problem and needs to close." error message. Strangely, my Mozilla Firefox browser, Adobe Acrobat, and a couple other random programs (like Hearts and Audacity) open and function fine.

Microsoft auto-linked me to their website where it said "Windows isn't able to open a file on your computer's hard disk. This might be a temporary condition that could go away after restarting your computer, or it could be a more serious problem with your hard disk or its driver." I tried restarting my computer and error-checking my hard drive but neither of these solved the problem. Does anyone know how I can fix this problem?

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:30 PM

Did you try system restore?

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:48 PM

I hadn't yet. I'll try that now.
If that doesn't work, is it hard drive failure?
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Posted 24 January 2010 - 06:50 PM

I don't think. anything indicates hard drive problem. It looks more like system files\registry problem, so system restore MAY fix it.

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