Please tell us the specifics of your PC.
1. What type is it?
2. You have Windows XP. Is it Home Edition or Professional?
3. You have Service Pack 2 installed. Was it installed automatically from windows updates?
4. When was it installed?
I ask that because you say the problem began just before Christmas.
But I think the problem began just after
something else happened,
or maybe a series of small things.
It will be hard to say what that was,
but you might gain valuable information by going to your Event Viewer.
The logs there will probably give us valuable clues.
5. If you have the "category views" set in Control Panel in winXP do this:start
-->Control Panel-->Performance & Maintenance-->Administrative Tools-->Event Viewer-->both Applications & System will show you logs. Double click on either/both.
Scroll down (back in time) and see what errors & warnings are listed.
You can save the logs by using the "action" tab at the top.
The logs are long.
It would be best if you could copy/paste select entries,
but your notepad/wordpad is out of action, I guess.
You should still be able to right click on the lines within the display
of those errors & warnings.
Doing so will give you links to Microsoft Help & Support.
If we know the nature of the exact messages that are displayed, it can also help.
6. I have read your prior topics posted here since October.
I encourage you to continue learning.
I know it's uncomfortable now with your problems.
Please be aware of the fact that normalcy can be restored
It can not (to the best of my abilities) be done quickly & easily without
being present at your computer.
With too many questions in mind at this end,
away from your own keyboard,
I am at a loss to direct you.
7. Do you have Windows XP on a CD? Have you ever used it to repair files?
Let us know.
It'll get better.
Let's start with the answers to those 7-8 questions,
and let us know more details.
Edited by phawgg, 05 January 2005 - 02:28 AM.