XP Pro Hangs when downloading files

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billbus

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Hi Tech Support Guys,

My PC running XP Pro began hanging up a couple of weeks back. After attempting to shut down using Turn Off Computer at the Start button and attempting to shut down the process in Task Manager, I did a hard Reset Iusing the PC's reset switch) of my machine.

Since then, it has been hanging again and again. It will not let me download files, including HijackThis. I can save files if they are zipped or in RAR format.

I've reinstalled and/or repaired XP several times since then. I repaired it this morning and thought I had it. The repair worked better than the reinstall! However, my version of XP Pro is just XP1. I had XP SP2 originally when these problems began, and have downloaded SP2 on one, but not all, of my reinstallations and repairs.

Sometimes, I can't even display the My Computer screen!

If I continue to reset the PC long enough, I eventually get to the point where XP fails to boot. It gives me a missing <Windows root>\system32.\hal.dll message. When this happens, I reinstall XP

My guess is that I'm losing my Windows profile or settings because I'm not waiting for Windows to shut down completely by itself? This is after waiting a minimum of 3 minutes each time after shutting down, if it indeed gets to the shut down screen.

I do have the dreaded Welcome screen which I've been reading a bit about on this and other forums. I've still not figured out a way to get rid of it.

I'm running the Seamonkey browser with download manager. I've tried not using the download manager but this didn't help.

I'm about ready to go purchase a new Vista machine at Circuit City because I've got to get some InDesign documents printed by July 4!

Any ideas why this is all happening? Is there a place I can get HijackThis in a zip or RAR format?

Thanks for your help.

Happy Trails,

Bill B.
Pittsboro, NC
 
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