Since last night, my computer’s been on the fritz: I had copied a few files to the desktop, and all of a sudden, explorer.exe started closing and re-opening every few seconds. This meant that the desktop icons are continuously flashing, rendering them unusable, and I couldn’t access the start menu or do any Windows key commands. (I wanted to at least pull up the run program deal. Like a fool, I forgot this was accessible through the Task Manager.)
So what did I try? Restarting in safe mode. Rolling back a couple system restore points. Repairing Windows XP. Checking the task manager and making sure that there weren’t any weird processes. Almost doing a full system virus scan. I probably spent 3 hours over 2 days working on this.
So how did I resolve it? Delete the items I’d just copied to the desktop. Duh.
I’d be very interested to know why it happened, but I’ll just be satisifed with a working machine for tonight.