Complete freeze of Vista 32bit upon accessing certain jpg/avi files
I have had several problems on a Sony Vaio with Vista freezing, and
managed to get rid of most of them by disabling Superfetch, Windows
Search and indexing services. However, a few still persist, namely this
one: whenever I attempt to copy/paste a folder containing pictures and
short .avis to another location, the copy window appears and promptly
ceases to respond, and the entire system winds up deep freezing within
about 20 seconds (only option is the power button to escape this). I can
recreate this also by simply selecting all the files in said folder and
clicking the 'Details' tab in the Properties window. This same sort of
freeze happens when attempting to un/install MS Visual C++ 2008, as the
system froze and required a reset during installation.
All drivers are up to date.
Things I have tried so far:
-uninstalling all 3rd party codecs
Side note: I have discovered through several HDD diagnostic tools that
there are a few bad sectors on the HDD, and I am not qualified to
understand if there might be a connection there. I'm looking to back up
all my files and replace the HDD, but this problem makes it difficult.
I apologize if I've left out something obvious I needed to include!
Thanks very much!