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Windows 2000 Desktop Freeze!!!!

One or more times a day my windows 2000 desktop
goes into a state of half freeze. I can select desktop icons and look through the start menu but clicking or double clicking on anything will not run the application.
Only the applications currently running will work.

The only fix I know of is to go into the windows task manager and select "explorer.exe" kill it then rerun it again...but this removes half of my critical system tray icons...

Also i have another computer which also has the same problem and it has different specs.

The specs of my system:

Celeron 566
Gigabyte Motherboard GA-6VXC7-4X
128mb SDRAM chip (PC133) and 64mb SDRAM chip (PC133)
10g Fujitsu Hard Drive
Awe64 Sound Card ISA
3dfx Voodoo Banshee 16mb PCI
Realtek 8139(A) PCI Ethernet Adapter

A giant thankyou in advance to the pro who figures this one out!
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>>Also i have another computer which also has the same problem and it has different specs.

I think this says a lot!  I suspect that you've installed some bad software on BOTH of these systems.  I'd take a hard look at all of the 3rd party programs you've installed here and remove them one at a time until you discover the culprit.

  I would run the Start-windows update to make sure that you have the newest updates.

In addition Cleanup the startup stuff.  for win95 , NT or win2k,
Download the Startup COP a free pcmag utility from
 Run it and it will show you everything that is listed in all the possible startup
                        places, and allow you to disable things one at a time until the problem is eliminated.
 A lot of probelms are caused by excess old baggage - programs that have not been properly  un-installed. Startup Cop will eliminate leftovers and un-wanted programs that you no longer want.
Older Antivirus programs and Norton Utilities have been known to cause problems
try disabling them also !

Update and run 2 good, updated antivirus program- Norton, McAffee etc.
 Then run SFC from the Start-run command, and have it fix any broken files.

ALso check into getting driver updates for ALL of your hardware, BIOS, VGA, motherboard etc.

Realtek cards have a poor history with their drivers !!

I hope this helps !
can you start the programs with the command line or by right-click -> open?
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The first two comments are great and I would also start with them.

If that dont work then start checking your virtual memory to see what the settings are at for 192mb it should have at least 256mb pagefile

Check these numbers out by going

Control Panel / System / advanced / performance options

even switching from background services to Applications may help but not guarranteed or recommended.

Also another possiblilty is that you can go step by step thru the task manager and stop unneeded processes.  But this seems to be a memory allocation problem IMO.  

Also you may have a Processor over usage with it being only a Celeron, well sounds like you need to monitor it closely and make notes when it happens.  Possible windows update and latest Service packs may help for IE and W2K.
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