Dear Mr Santonu, sorry I've been away so long but other things intervened, I'm afraid.
I tried copying some pictures to CD using the Windows wizard but first they wouldn't appear for about 2 or 3 minutes, then when they did and were selected seemed to copy all right (only about 8MB, not 100MB as you suggested), but then the CD looked suspiciously unrecorded, then, though the file name appeared on platback, clicking it produced a blank screen and finally an unresponding message. This now happens all the time, so I have to return to the desktop to do anything else.
Oddly enough, text files copy and safe okay, and Corel Photo Album 6 shows all the pictures I've got (1000's of them), but when I revert back to opening them from the main folder in the hard drive, everything stops responding again, though there's plenty of free space on the hard drive.
The C: drive is partitioned, has only about 2.85GB free (15.9GB used) but the other part has 67.2GB free and 28.4GB used (which is where all the pictures are stored).
I've used Spybot-S&R to clean up malware, run SystemMechanic 8 at startup, and have Uniblue RegistryBooster installed, so could there be a conflict somewhere causing this very slow process, followed by non-responses?
Also, I can't find System Restore which seems to have disappeared, so I can't go back a month or so when everything was fine.
For information the computer has an AMD Semplon 3000+ processor with 1GB RAM and NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500, also a Maxtor hard drive and VIA SATA RAID Controller.
Dear Mr Santonu,
Disk Cleanup worked well on both partitions on the drive, as did defragging them. As for Spyware Doctor, after saying that I had 122 low risk items aboard (which puzzled me since Spybot and AOL's own clean up tool gave me the all clear!), then proceeded to scan the system and had to be stopped after nearly nine hours (by which time it had only scanned about 44%!). Naturally, they wanted me to buy a licence to go any further, but I thought I'd try opening those files again first, just in case disk cleaning and compressing had worked.
Well, I'm afraid it hadn't, as soon as I called up the drive with the list of files I wanted and tried maximising it to fill the screen the whole thing stopped responding instantly. This doesn't happen with the written document folders (my writings, spreadsheet, other files, etc), only the folders with pictures. Therefore, I can't transfer any of them to CDs or DVDs.
It seems to me that there is a problem with some software somewhere, probably in the Registry, but I can't get any further with that, so what do you think?
Yes, I can't maximise the folders, they keep freezing and/or take a very long time (I mean many minutes) to show their contents, if they are pictures. However, Corel Photo Album 6 has no difficulty with this and can easily show over 500 pictures down the side bar, each of which can be moved to the screen for viewing or adjustment (though I use Paint Shop Pro for that).
Also, I think that the change to blue may be a result of compressing all files to gain disk space, which I did yesterday on the smaller partition of drive C. Anyway, it doesn't worry me too much, it's the not responding and inability to fill the screen which is annoying. Finally, Windows Installer now keeps saying it can't find the ISUS file, but I know it's there, so you can see that I'm getting pretty fed up by now (as no doubt you are too!).