Please tell us more about the computer. How old is it? Has it run correctly before? Brand name? Home built? You mentioned the problems happen shortly after installing XP... Which version of XP? SP2? Are you installing XP from the computer Recovery Discs or from an XP disc? Is it a full and legal XP disc from Microsoft?
Did you install all the hardware drivers?
If the XP installation is legal and correct, then the hard drive is my first guess.. The files are becoming corrupted shortly after installing.. Have you done a full Chkdsk to determine if there are bad sectors?
Hope this helps and let us know more.
I have a strange problem. After I install windows XP, after a few days the following problem starts.
(a) The mouse clicks do not work
(b) Start menu does not work
(c) None of the icons on the desktop get selected
(d) Sometimes everything just freezes
The solution I have found is
(a) Press ctrl-alt-del
(b) The task manager comes up. The title bar is in focus
(c) I then click on the close button and The title bar goes out of focus.
(d) I click on the close button again and the task manager closes this time.
(e) Everything is back to normal till the next time it strikes.
I have tried AVG, Avast, Bitdefender and Kaspersky. All said that no virus. Initially i thought the problem was with my comp. But recently I upgraded , ie changed everything except the HDD. Same problem has started agin. As time passes the frequency of the hanging is increasing. Almost every few minutes on some days.
PLEASE HELP. What should i do?