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XP SP3 freezes after boot on desktop

All of a sudden, every time I boot, the desktop icons and background come up normally, and the mouse icon moves - but NOTHING on the desktop that I click on works. The mouse arrow becomes a hourglass icon on the blue bar at the bottom. No new software or hardware.
The ONLY way to recover is to go to safe mode and restore to an earlier time. Interestingly, even if the restore says it was NOT successful to an earlier time and unchanged, the machine then works normally (until the next reboot). I've done: sfc scannow, crapcleaner, utility drive and registry scans, antivirus scans, chkdsk, etc - no help. I've looked carefully at ipconfig, but only the bare bones usual stuff is there. I'd be grateful for any suggestions. Thank you.

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Tried Reinstalling SP3 Like This?
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more complicated:

Thanks for this good idea. I did this SP3 in place reinstall, but the problem persisted. Someone suggested an inadequate power supply - so I changed the PS to one double the wattage - same problem.

Here's the kicker: In desperation, I put in a new C:\ hard drive (a second D:\ one is left alone) - formated it and put the XP sp3 op system and programs back on. This at first seemed to do the trick, finally -- but suddenly, I'm getting the same problem (although intermitantly) again!!! (Boot to normal desktop that clicking anything does nothing, fix with system restore to anywhere, whether successful restore or not).

Maybe my machine is haunted! (All spyware checks: Malwarebytes, McAfee, AVS, Combifix, etc. are clean). Comments welcome. Thank you.

Peter S

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HELP in 2012

I am having the same problem as the OP. I've been troubleshooting for days to fix the problem, and have had little to no success in resolving the issue.

Here's what happens (nearly every time I boot up): Everything boots up quite nicely, and within a minute, I'm seeing the desktop. Mouse moves, ESET banner shows up to show that it is running - everything seems to be okay. After about 2-3 minutes, as soon as I click anything, the mouse still moves, but nothing works. CTRL+ALT+Delete is useless, and the only way to shut down the system is to force it to shut off.

Safe mode works. I am posting to this thread using safe mode, but doing anything with a normal boot is not going to work right now. I am determined to see this through to the end because I want to learn. I've got another computer that is currently doing it.

I'd really appreciate the help, ASAP. I can provide further explanations per request.

Compaq 6730s
2gb RAM
2ghz processor
Windows XP SP3
[recently had HDD replaced]
[programs recently installed: Malware-bytes, ESET SmartSecurity, Paragon Partition Manager, Ace Utilities, jv16 PowerTools, Perfect Disk 12.5]

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Re: hang

That probably means that some program is messing up things, or you load far too many programs for your PC. Let's hope it isn't caused by running the registry cleaner in Ace, because then you might have to go back to factory settings. Registry cleaners and optimizers sometimes are rather fatal.

I'd start with:
- disconnect from Internet
- go into MSCONFIG and find the startup tab
- make a good note of what's checked and what isn't, so you can go back
- uncheck all and reboot
See if it's better now. Then gradually add the programs you REALLY need/want to run, such a your antivirus and the hardware related stuff (from Intel, Nvidia and such).


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