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Can't run programs after twenty minutes

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by interrobang, Dec 26, 2012.

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  1. interrobang

    interrobang Thread Starter

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    My wife's computer runs Windows XP SP3. After her computer has been running for about twenty minutes, all icons become unresponsive. Double-clicking on them does nothing. If I right-click on the system bar at the bottom of the screen, I get the expected menu, but if I select Task Manager, again nothing happens. I ran CCleaner. It didn't help. I am currently running a Malwarebytes scan. The scan window is updating itself as expected, but if I move it around the screen, the outline of the window remains visible. Windows XP is not updating the desktop as it should. Also, an Explorer window is active and minimized. When I expanded it, it was blank.

    Can anyone suggest anything I can do to fix this?

    Thanks very much!

    RobR
     
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    interrobang Thread Starter

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    Update: XP decided to refresh the desktop and the explorer screen is displayed normally. I don't know if those issues were related to the problem or not.
     
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