This is a common problem I think I've seen here at the GTG forum before. I put it under XP as an OS problem, rather than at 'Software/Apps'.
After starting over from a 'destructive' system restore and building my OS back up as scrupulously as possible, there is an explorer.exe, error Oxc0000005, & Dr Watson post-mortem debugger complaint.
I have lots of digital JPEG's. Files and folders full of 'em. When I launch Windows Explorer, or try to open any folder directly or indirectly, the thumbnails open in an erratic, confused, messy way. Then a memory error box pops up closing down that screen. Memory error # Oxc000005 - and I have the advanced settings configged to operate for 'Best Performance', with paging files custom set to twice my RAM number. One or two times after an explorer file screen shut-down, besides the above error box, another box popped from Dr Watson. The details were very sketchy.
I notice that the PC is very slow, even after a thorough defrag with JKDefrag'er. All the apps were reinstalled 'clean', so I don't know how else to tune-up the system. I'm thinking about installing one of those registry cleaner apps like PC Doctor, Registry Mechanic, Windows Optimizer, etc. Do you think it wise? Do you have a favorite one to recommend ?
I ran Norton System Works 2003's 'One Button Check' and fixed the errors it had. I also ran their WinDoctor, and fixed those errors it found. But I keep having trouble viewing thumbnails from files in the Windows Explorer screen. And the PC is running very slow.
Any help to get my rig up to par ??