Over the past few months, I've had an issue on starting up Windows where the load time has increased, icons fail to load in the systray (regardless of whether their associated processes are running in Task Manager), and usually by the time it finally finishes starting up, explorer.exe halts, and needs to be restarted. The best remedy so far is to log out, and log back in again, and everything starts then as normal. All my icons, everything! Second time's always a charm, provided that I don't reboot (which just brings it back to square one).
I have consulted one or two people in regards to this issue, only to find all the solutions; such as a Diskeeper (boot-time and standard) or Windows defrag, Virus Scanning using NOD32, and Spyware Sweeping using Windows Defender, Spybot 1.5, Ad-Aware 2007, and Webroot Spysweeper. I've even tried several Registry Cleaners, from the old regclean.exe that came with earlier versions of Windows, Registry Mechanic 7, to Advanced System Optimizer.
I have even gone as far as doing an XP Repair install, exactly as the top pinned topic suggests (it's usually an OK remedy). That failed to work. Therefore, I'm fresh out of ideas. And I'd prefer not to do a clean installation of Windows, unless it's the only way that you or anyone else can envision this problem going away.
One other thing I should mention is that my PSU is an Antec NEO-HE 430w. It's about a one and a half years old, and could maybe have been put through its paces. I do have a lot of hardware installed (see my attached System Information log), and lately, I've been disconnecting stuff I don't need just so I can be sure there's enough power distribution. My motherboard's (Abit AS8) firmware reports the "PWN" to be running at around 50 degrees celsius (after about 10 minutes of running), which is the maximum output temperature, as per the PSU's specifications. Sometimes it can go as far up as 60 degrees celsius, after exiting a game like Battlefield 2142. I would wonder if this could be the cause of all the problems, and if a new, and more powerful one, should be purchased? I'm quite broke right now, and would prefer not to until I can source the finances at no compromise to the more important things in life.
So, apart from the odd BSoD at Start-Up (possibly graphics related - will deal with that another time), and this already described issue, my PC does run quite well. However, could let you guys judge that for yourself, as you're the experts?
To facilitate your efforts as best I can, I have attached an exported System Information log and a HijackThis log; all created within the last 15 minutes.
Really, any and all help and insight would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time.
Edited by bigdave, 11 January 2008 - 07:51 AM.