Windows XP freezes on wallpaper and mouse

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
August 25, 2011 at 21:08:40
Specs: Windows XP Service Pack 3, Intel Celeron
Why does my pc running windows xp just show wallpaper and mouse and nothing else?

This happens after letting the computer sit idle or while it is running an app like defragmenter for a short while.

The only thing I can do it get the computer back is to hold the power button in to restart it.

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August 26, 2011 at 12:27:38
Chances are that you've got way too many things running in the background. Press "Ctrl", "Alt", and "Del" (otherwise known as the 3 fingered salute) to bring up the Task Manager, and click on the "Processes" tab. How many processes do you see in the list? Any more than about 25-30 is way too many. With Firefox running, I have a total of 21 processes in the list.

Many programs are set by default to start when Windows boots, e.g. MSN Messenger, et al. To stop these programs starting at boot, you'll need to check the settings of each program.

By default, Windows starts a few unneeded services/processes on boot. While some users may need these, most don't. Go to the Black Viper Service Configuration site (Google for it), and follow the recommendations in the "Safe" column.

You can also click Start > Run, and type in "msconfig" (no quotes) and click OK. Click the "Startup" tab and disable anything that isn't needed. All you really need in there is anti-virus and firewall. To clean up the list, Google for "MSCONFIG CLEANUP", a free utility. Run it to remove unwanted entries in your "Startup" tab.

Also, download and install CCleaner, and use it regularly. It's a freeware program that will help to keep your machine free of unwanted temporary files and other junk. It also includes a non-aggressive registry cleaner (the only one I've ever fully trusted). I use CCleaner once a week, minimum.

Try these suggestions, and let us know if they have helped.

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