I would suspect video, audio or network drivers and we can chck some of them now. You may need to do some wizardy withyour USB stick to transfer the info to your working system, but this will answer a lot of questions.
Please provide additional information about your system:
Click Start, Run and in the box enter:
Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select All, Copy and then paste the information back here.
There will be some personal information (like System Name and User Name), and whatever appears to be private information to you, just delete it from the pasted information.
This will minimize back and forth Q&A and eliminate guesswork.
For video driver information, expand the Components, click Display, click Edit, Select All, Copy and then paste the information.
You should get Process Explorer so you can see what is "really" running. Nothing gets installed - you just run it. You'll like PE when you get the hang of it. PE is the Windows Task Manager on steroids.http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb896653.aspx
Expand the columns, make the screen bigger, etc. so you can see the most information as possible in the window.
The CPU column is usually the most interesting to get started with performance issues - who is using the most? It is okay and normal to have multiple svchost processes running, but there could be a problem behind one of them.
You would like the most to be associated with System Idle Process If you see spikes (or not) double click the graph in
the top left coner to display the usage graph. Hover the mouse over any spikes to see what causes them.
To create and email/post/print a screenshot:
Press the Print Scrn button to copy your entire screen to the Windows clipboard.
Press Alt Print Scrn to copy just the active window to the Windows clipboard.
Open MS Paint:
Start, Program Accessories, Paint
When Paint opens, press CTRL-V to paste the clipboard, save the new Paint file to your desktop or someplace you can remember. JPG files take up less hard disk space than BMP files and just as readable.
Make as many screenshots as you need. Practice makes perfect. Be careful your screenshot does not contain any personal information. Practice viewing your images before you upload them to be sure they are okay.
Some sites will let you attach a file directly to your post. If the site has some kind of attachment/upload function it is usually easiest just to use it. Bleeping Computer has such a function under this window.
When you are done, what you post for others to use should look something like this: