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explorer.exe hangs unless cmos is cleared

by luxy76 / May 28, 2009 5:32 AM PDT

It seems something has been corrupt in Windows. I am unable to restore system back to any point. When I boot up, the system is extremely slow and I am only able to run commands through task manager/file/new task. When I shut down system, I get the explorer.exe needs to end task dialog box. System won't boot after hibernation either, I have to delete restoration data, but still have the issue with only running programs through task manager. If I clear cmos, then the system will boot up fine, other than having to change time back. It seems to be software related, because I have switched to another hard drive and the system will boot fine. Unfortunately, that hard drive is waay overdue for a reformat as it runs very slowly.

Anybody have any ideas? It's an HP laptop with Win XP, SP3, all updates.
Thanks in advance!

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