zip files freeze windows xp desktop when clicked

For some reason my computer with windows XP installed has suddenly started to freeze the desktop when I click on zip files that are downloaded. Strangely as well when I open the windows task manager, under applications it shows two desktop entries that are not responding when in fact only one is running.  This problem is only happening with Zipped files.
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danieldrCommented:
dou you use the windows service to unzip them?

try to use winrar or another program to do that, it would e a windows problem
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Dads_ComputersAuthor Commented:
It only freezes the computer when I right click on a zip file that is on the desktop. a zip file located somewhere else works fine.
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nobusCommented:
try running sfc /scannow from the run  box
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Dads_ComputersAuthor Commented:
I did run sfc /scannow already.
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Dads_ComputersAuthor Commented:
After a bit of checking It seems that the size means nothing because I can move much larger files to the desktop and they function ok. Now it seems that the zip files are getting corrupted during doownload. any ideas an this issue?
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nobusCommented:
>>  are getting corrupted during doownload   <<   the only thing i can can suggest is checking the download speed, or the internet connection
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Dads_ComputersAuthor Commented:
Ok I will try that. The only thing I found out so far is that there is a problem with IE7 and some apache servers but I tried using Opera and had the same result. So I am rather puzzeled now.
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nobusCommented:
run sfc /scannow from the run box, it can help
or even a repair install : http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Dads_ComputersAuthor Commented:
Not so oddly. I had some totally unrelated software installed that I noticed was frozen as well. Actually I totally forgot that I had installed it in the first place. When I uninstalled that software my problem disappeared. So I suspect that it may have been a DLL or .NET problem, even though they were in fact all the correct versions as SFC proved. Like I said this really is not so odd at all but it sure had me puzzled for a while.
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nobusCommented:
tx for the info !
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Dads_ComputersAuthor Commented:
You bet.

It is not often that I get stuck on something, but when I do, it is pretty serious, usually.

Two heads are always better than one;

This saying is actually an ancient Roman or Greek saying,

Humanity has puzzled for well over 2000 years at least, on technical issues.

We never invented the wheel; we just have not quite figured how to use it just yet.

Yet, mankind has traveled to the moon, has sent robots to most of the planets in our solar system, and beyond.

Let us hope that our children will have the same problem that we have, curiosity, for the next 2000 years or so and will continue to ask for advice.

Who knows perhaps one day we may even surprise ourselves, because a million brains working together is far superior than just two brains.  

Your help is always appreciated.

Glenn Martin
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nobusCommented:
nice words on a sunday...
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