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Having an issue on an XP box where I get either a BSOD or an auto reboot when I try to open  exel files or when trying to browse certain directories.  I will try replacing ram first, but would like to know what plan B may be.....  Other than the specific issue above, the PC runs perfectly fine.   Any ideas?
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Could be a bad sector in your hard disk. Try to Check your hard drive for errors first. Right click on each partition go to tools tab and click on "check now..." check "Automatically fix file systems" and "scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors".
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Sounds either memory or paging file related.  Try moving the paging file to another partition or drive.  Also download and run memtest from http://www.memtest.org.  It's free btw.

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It's not the RAM it's the hard disk. And if it's faulting that badly, backup all your data RIGHT NOW and then play with memtest or fdisk or look into replacing the drive.
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and they to Re-intall the office because of spyware problem
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OK.... 2 votes for the hard disk.  Will run chkdsk after a full backup.  I will try replacing ram anyway, just too eliminate that as a possibility.
Additional Info:  this happens in safe mode as well.  I ran Malwarebytes and it found 99 items, most of which were "image file execution" entries in the registry.  I have seen this before where they are there to hijack any anti-virus programs you may have installed.  Mbam.exe was NOT one of them, luckily, so it ran without any problems.  I will run additional AV scans to make sure it is clean.  I REALLY do not want to have to reformat this machine as it is used as a POS server in a restaurant/food court with 3 registers connected--and also has VPN software installed.
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....and now that I've thought about it.....   I will back up the drive by cloning it to a new drive and try booting from that and seeing if excel works then.  Does anyone see a problem with this plan?
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If the files are corrupted then cloning it will take the problem with you. A re-install of Office may be required.

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OK.... will keep that in mind.   So Plan J is a possible office re-install.  Thanks!
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If you copy the files to a different computer and they open then it isn't file corruption. (As a side note, a corrupted Excel file shouldn't ever cause a BSOD. A corrupted Excel might, but not a file). Cloning might work depending on how bad it is. It's certainly worth a try.
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Interesting.....   I was able to open Excel itself by clicking the .exe, but when I would try right-clicking an Excel file and selecting "open", the PC would shut down and reboot.  When I do this in safe mode, I get the BSOD, specifically:  PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA.  I forget how to read the mini-dump files.... I've done this before, but forget how.  Any guildance here would be helpful...    Keep in mind that this happens in other areas besides Excel.  While in safe mode, I tried clicking the "+" next to the My Documents folder, and got the BSOD, so the problem is not limited just to Excel.
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That's because the hard disk is damaged at the location where those files (or part of them) are stored and not where the MS Excel is, so when you open the file and the Excel SW tries to read from the hard disk the windows reboots or you get the BSOD when gets on the bad sector or the scratched area. Even when you click the + in the My Document the windows will fail to load the files from the hard disk and again you get BSOD.

For reading mini-dump files:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315271/
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Yes, that makes sense.   Looks like this is happening with Word files also.....  I double click to open, and I get a reboot or BSOD....    Just tried running Hitman pro.   it found a suspect file: OPOS2.bpl.  When I tried to save the log.xml file on the desktop, the PC rebooted.   This seems to be getting more serious.  
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It usually does keep getting worse if the disk is failing. I'd just replace the drive and end all the misery.
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OK......
Replaced RAM= same issue.  It is not RAM
Cloned HD to get a system back-up and replace the drive= same issue (as stated above, if files are corrupt, then a clone will not repair this.)
Ran CHKDSK on the clone:  it said the drive was clean.  Tried opening an excel/word file= same issue.
Examined the event logs and found this:  "rror code 10000050, parameter1 dcac0000, parameter2 00000000, parameter3 8063e662, parameter4 00000000."   No idea what this means....

Next, i will try reading the mini-dump file for anymore clues.....
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Tried system file checker;  no go.  I have not rules out virus activity completely, but if this is virus damage as opposed to activity, then it looks like a reformat is the only way to go....
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Before reformat you can defragment the partitions and see what happens, if still the same then reformat should fix things up. If there is any hard disk issues also will appear at this stage.
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Looks like registry corruption.  Thanks to all who contributed possible solutions!!
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