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Basically I kept having more and more problems with a particular user account... I only fixed my computer a few months ago! I was getting frustrated and fearing that some suppposed instability from my overclock might be corrupting windows...

Every time I logged in it would say that windows explorer has recovered from a serious error... Much of the time it would not get past that into windows and the start bar simply wouldn't load. I quickly got frustrated by it...

...but then I tried something new.

I made a new user account and vio la! NO problems. Boots up fast. I still want into my old one though. Why would that account alone have problems? What's goin' on over there? Any system file I can delete to get it back to "default" or something so it won't spazz out? I don't know what's gone wrong, but apparently it's a problem with that specific account... not windows. I'm assuming some type of software conflict... but it worked fine before!

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It sounds like some type of spyware/virus. Try doing a deep scan with whichever virus scanner you use, and try the same with some adware/spyware programs. I'd suggest using avast for virus, and ad-aware. Just run them and select scan compressed files, all the options etc.

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It sounds like some type of spyware/virus. Try doing a deep scan with whichever virus scanner you use, and try the same with some adware/spyware programs. I'd suggest using avast for virus, and ad-aware. Just run them and select scan compressed files, all the options etc.

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Yeah, I have those . Here's the update:

Deep scanned with both avast and adaware... nothing (well there were tracking cookies but you know how that is). Even under diagnostics mode and safe mode I have the same problems.

I want to think it's some kind of software conflict but, for the life of me, I don't understand why it always says "explorer.exe has encountered a critical error. Send Report/Don't send report." In normal mode it just freezes at that point. In safe mode it just "starts over" loading everything from the beginning and keeps cycling with that error message. Explorer.exe is fine everywhere else!

In fact, my computer is back at stock speeds and it hasn't been this fast since the first few days after I reinstalled!!!

The only program that I don't see running off of the top of my head is steam.exe... I know steam is terrible, and it's buggy, but I'd be surprised if all of that garbage was steam's fault, especially since it shouldn't even be loading under safe mode.
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Yeah, I have those . Here's the update:

Deep scanned with both avast and adaware... nothing (well there were tracking cookies but you know how that is). Even under diagnostics mode and safe mode I have the same problems.

I want to think it's some kind of software conflict but, for the life of me, I don't understand why it always says "explorer.exe has encountered a critical error. Send Report/Don't send report." In normal mode it just freezes at that point. In safe mode it just "starts over" loading everything from the beginning and keeps cycling with that error message. Explorer.exe is fine everywhere else!

In fact, my computer is back at stock speeds and it hasn't been this fast since the first few days after I reinstalled!!!

The only program that I don't see running off of the top of my head is steam.exe... I know steam is terrible, and it's buggy, but I'd be surprised if all of that garbage was steam's fault, especially since it shouldn't even be loading under safe mode.
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Sounds like some DLL files where damaged. Try the following :

CONTINUOUS PERFORMANCE: : To ensure that Windows XP performs at its best all the time you can use the System file checker to locate any missing or damaged system files and replace them. Click on ''Start'' ''Run'' and type exactly WITHOUT quotation marks ''sfc /scannow'' and press ''Enter''.The windows file protection monitor will now scan your entire system for missing or damaged files.Keep your original Windows XP CD at hand as you may be asked for it to replace any missing or damaged files. Other commands that can be used for this step are:

System File Checker Utility (Scan Immediately) sfc /scannow
System File Checker Utility (Scan Once At Next Boot) sfc /scanonce
System File Checker Utility (Scan On Every Boot) sfc /scanboot
System File Checker Utility (Return to Default Setting) sfc /revert
System File Checker Utility (Purge File Cache) sfc /purgecache
System File Checker Utility (Set Cache Size to size x) sfc /cachesize=x
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