I'm new to this forum and I hope someone can help me. I will be as descriptive and informative as possible. I have Windows XP Sp 2. When I power on the PC everything seems fine. When I get to the desktop I double click Internet Explorer and it comes up fine. Now the problem happens. Anytime I try to do something, whether it be open email, go to another site, etc., I'm in limbo. The envelope that you click on to open email is greyed out, I click on the URL drop down to go to another site (anything ESPN.com, etc), nothing happens. I then do the old triple finger Ctrl ALt Del and Task Manager comes up. It lists Internet Explorer of course and it says running, just like normal. I was expecting to see not responding or some error type message but nothing. So I simply click on the X to close Task Manager and voila, explorer is responding and the email envelope is not greyed out anymore and I go on my merry way. Here is another little bit of info that may help though I doubt it. Let's say that I power up and leave the PC sitting there for x amount of minutes, here comes my screensaver just as it should come up after the specified minutes. Let's say I do as before, go into Explorer, visit some sites, then I go away for x amount of time. I'm sure you can guess, no screensaver comes up. I have it set for ten minutes. I can go into ESPN.com, leave the page up, go uot for hours and when I come back there is the ESPN.com page and no screensaver. I'm sure there are worse problems, but it's quite annoying and perplexing. I have a friend that works with PC's on the technical side and she believes that it could be a registry problem. When I upgraded from my old PC to this one I used a migration software. She says that sometimes these softwares cause some minor and unfortunately for some major problems. They can cause havoc with the new PC's registry. She recomended a good one in Registry Mechanic from PC Tools. I did some research and it got basically 5 stars from everyone who reviewed it. It also states that these kind of problems happen when the registry is messed up, caused frequently by software not loadinf correctly or software not be removed correctly. I trust my friend quite a bit and also find that this software seems to be highly thought of. I also like this site very much. I have had a couple of problems rectified by the nice people on this site. So I guess I'm looking for any information that you can give me to rectify the problem and also your opinion about the registry mechanic software. Like I said this is not a horrible problem but it is quite annoying and disconcerting because possibly there are other problems that are lurking behind the scenes. Another thing is obviously this not occur on the old PC. Maybe this also indicates that during the migration something (registry ) got screwed up. I asked her aboy another software called System Mechanic, but she feels the registry mechanic is the way to gos. It also helps with system performance.
Please Help !