My laptop is slowly dying. I can't access any of the directories. If I click on Computer, or any of the drives, the computer locks up and gets the old "Windows Explorer is not Responding" message. I have searched the forums, and found that I have plenty of hardware to be running Vista successfully, I have scanned my computer and there are no viruses or updates to be installed (including drivers), I am running service pack 2, I have turned off my index system and registered my dlls, I have literally tried everything I can try. I can't do a clean install because it's a laptop.
I can't even back up to my external hard drive becasue I can't access the drive without the computer locking up.
After I close everything down on task manager, I have to restart and/or reboot, and even then sometimes windows gets hung and I have to start the process over and over again. Very frustrating. I have checked events log and looked at the bucket errors reports. No repeating patterns really, or anything that stands out.
Task manager does not show any specific drain to the system either.
I feel like my options are:
1. Back up all documents to CDs and get a new laptop (make sure it runs on XP!)
2. Upgrade to Windows 7 (I understand this does not require a clean install so I would get to keep my docs). I know a clean install is better for computer but I don't have a way to backup without using CDs, which is not very efficient to say the least.
Any other ideas here?