cannot open "My Computer"

One of my coworker's win2k PC has a strange problem.
It constantly freeze when trying to open "My Computer"
"Neighborhood" and "Start Button/Find".  After reboot, I
can open "My computer", but very slow.  Very soon,
it freeze again.  There is no other application running.
Runing MS office is fine, running browser is fine.
The harddisk has 10G free space.

Does any one know this?
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SysExpertConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It could be a number of things.

1) Bad device driver or device.

2) Bad hard drive or Controller.

3) Corrupted registry

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

In addition Cleanup the startup stuff. In win98/Win ME -  Do a Start - Run - msconfig, startup Tab , or for win95 , NT or win2k,
Download the Startup COP a free pcmag utility from,,77594,.html
 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 !

BTW :   Msconfig can also be run on Win95,  just copy the msconfig.exe from a Win98 machine.
You should only need systray and explorer in the startup on a win9x machine.

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.

Do a Defrag from SAFE mode !

Make sure that each partition has at least 15% free space.

Check your swap file settings.

Make sure SP2 is installed !

I hope this helps !
Is it on a network ? If so try it again while it is disconnected from network.
any external devices attached (zip drive, burner)?
SysExpert has good advice, however, I'd suggest doing a hard disk check as one of the first things.

Start -> Run... and type:
and hit OK

It will tell you that the check cannot be done before right now. Follow the instructions to make it check the drive on the next system start. Then shutdown and restart windows. The check will take some time on the next bootup. If errors are found, they are fixed automatically and the system will reboot after this process. Check if it has gotten better. If not, follow SysExperts advice.
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