Whenever I go into Control Panel and click "Add or Remove Programs" - the new windows says "Please wait while the list is being populated." - and then just sits there for approximately 10 minutes - what appears to be nothing. There is no hard disk activity as far as I can tell. A colleague of mine suggested re-installing Internet Explorer 6 as he's seen a similar problem, but this didn't make any difference.
The strange thing is I had this on my old PC - I have bought a new PC this week, loaded a fresh installation of Windows XP Professional, and the problem has re-appeared on my new PC now as well.
I have tried removing all the applications that I have installed but it's made no difference. The only thing I can think it is is a Windows update - but I don't want to go through and remove all of these (removing apps took best part of a day and I am not convinced this is where the problem lies)
I have searched the web and www.microsoft.com
knowledgebase and can't find anything other than confirming some registry fixes for a corrupt Add or Remove programs list - but my registry entries all seemed fine.
Anyone help please?