For some time now, I have been living with and working around an annoying problem in Windows XP whereby any time I open a file dialog (Open/Save) in any program, not long afterwards, that program will hang (the GUI will completely freeze and “ghosts”).
I have done extensive tests and can confirm 100% that it is file dialogs that are the problem. directory-selection dialogs do not cause the problem.
The obvious explanation is that some shell-extension is misbehaving, but I am having difficulty determining which one.
I tried using ShellExView and Autoruns to disable shell-extensions, but that did not help, especially since there are 333 items in ShellExView and 154 items in Autoruns, so disabling and rebooting for each one would be a nightmare (particularly because even though the problem is consistent, it is not immediately reproducible; I have to just kind of wait for it hang some—random?—time after).
Does anybody know of a way to find out what shell-extensions would specifically affect file dialogs?
(No, there are no network-mapped drives.)