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explorer freezes windows a minute after boot

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Hi everybody.

I have a major problem on my computer (two year old laptop with xp sp2). It worked well until last night. When i pressed the start button windows simply froze. Or actually: the desktop was perfectly fine and functioning, but the start menu was frozen and unresponsive as well as the proces bar at the bottom of the screen.

So I immediatly thought of which changes to my system I had made just before this problem occured.
Two things: 1) I had installed the latest version of Daemon Tools and 2) i had installed the newest version of the Omega ATI drivers for my Radeon 9000 graphics card.

I assumed the problem was driver related so i took a look at the omega drivers. I noticed that the latest version didn't support my graphics card, so i uninstalled that version and reinstalled the old one...
The problem continued, so I uninstalled that driver as well, and installed the most recent driver that supported my card.
Still no luck.

So I turned my attention to Daemon (which have caused me problems in the past). When I booted windows with error logging turned on I could see an error message turning up (sorry - can't remember the exact message now). Naturally i tried to uninstall Daemon tools, but the uninstall program appeared to be broken. Restarted my computer in safe mode and uninstalled the program without any problems...

But the problem is still there. I am writing this in safe mode, because my computer still freezes upon startup...
It seems to be the proces "explorer" that is creating the problem - but I'm not sure - and I am at a loss now...

Can anyone help me?

If you need further informations, I'll be happy to post what you need...
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