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OS: Windows 7 64-bit My desktop icons are frozen all of a sudden. I can't click on anything, I can't select anything, etc. BUT it is only my desktop. All of my programs runs perfectly fine. This goes away whenever I restart, or log off, then back on, but returns after like 5 minutes. Has anyone else had this issue before? I think that LogMeIn Hamachi or Skype may be the culprit but im not sure. enter image description here enter image description here

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The desktop is shown by the explorer.exe process. Have a look at your running process (press the start button and type in: taskmgr for taskmanager) and also the eventlogs (press the start button and type in: eventvwr).

If there's something that needs too much resources and causes explorer to hang, you will probably see it in taskmanager. If there's something wrong with an application, there may be an error in the application eventlog.

Once you found the problem you should un- or reinstall the problem application if it's third party. If it's the explorer itself, you could try to run windows repair.

If you found errors in your eventlogs but you don't know how to proceed, post screenshots of them here.

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Task manager says explorer.ese is using 60,000 k of memory, and its CPU usage is usually at 00 and occationally goes to 1 2 3 4 or 5 really quick, but mostly its at 0 is this normal? – Oztaco May 19 '12 at 0:49
I'm currently at a Linux box, but I think that's normal. What do the eventlogs tell you? Any application crashes or errors? – wullxz May 19 '12 at 0:51
I didnt find anything that had Windows Explorer, Skype, or Hamachi thats recent that looks bad, but I found alot of Kernel Event Tracing errors, I'm posting a picture right now... – Oztaco May 19 '12 at 0:57
in task manager, i ended Internet Explorer, and the problem mostly went away, but it never did this before even when I had dozens of tabs open, so i think something else might be related to it as well – Oztaco May 19 '12 at 1:10
have a look at your application logs. These are under "Windows Logs". If you find anything in there, please double click on those events and post a screenshot of the detailed event. You could also start IE without addons (I think, the shortcut to IE w/o addons is somewhere in the accessories) and then deactivate all addons that aren't necessary. – wullxz May 19 '12 at 2:18

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