Computer freezes if I try to run anything

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Soulfrost

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First, I had two office programs, MS Office XP Pro and OpenOffice, and a game, Wizard 101, that were interacting poorly. Wizard 101 wasn't loading, and instead it would tell me it was configuring Office XP. Trying to run OpenOffice would only cause it to try to load Office XP, and it would load the same configuring notice. It's the same configuring notice as if I had used up the trial and hadn't put in a correct key, though I have a valid key.

So I attempted to uninstall Office XP and OpenOffice so I could reinstall OpenOffice only. This way Wizard 101 would do whatever it was doing through a working OpenOffice instead and work just fine. I uninstalled Office XP first through the Control Panel Add/Remove Programs. Then when I tried to uninstall OpenOffice, it told me it had to undo the Office XP uninstall to work. I let it do so, so it un-uninstalled Office XP and uninstalled OpenOffice. Office XP wouldn't show up in the program list any more, and I couldn't run it from the icons, but Wizard 101 functioned properly.

I also removed some downloaded games. Remember the game Jill of the Jungle? I downloaded those games, played them and erased them. I scanned for viruses at this point, finding nothing.

On the next restart, it took like fifteen times longer to go through the startup process and get Windows loaded. Nothing would run properly. It felt like trying to run 2009 applications on a computer made in 1996. However, the task manager didn't show anything using more resources than should be used. Some applications (my Wizard 101 game for example) won't run at all. I'll click the icon on my Quick Launch bar like normal, it'll show in the Task manager as running, but it won't display on the screen. Some applications (Firefox for example) take forever to load, forever to do anything (in FF's case, look up a web page despite my broadband connection), and often will freeze up or crash.
 
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