I'm having similar problems!!
I'm writing about VISTA, preloaded on a brand new Hewlet Packard, purchased
last week. The computer belongs to an elderly woman who wants it mostly for
e-mail, household budgets & word processing. (It's FAR too much for her
The only application added since it was taken out of the box and plugged in,
is activation of her AOL account. (She's still using dial-up, though I've got
her highspeed coming soon). No other applications have been added (though we
need a driver
for her Lexmark printer B/C M$ doesn't supply it ). She's
having a similar problem, with the computer locking up. Yet the only thing
she does is click on AOL, then read her e-mail. But Vista is locking up
**daily**. When I tried to check Task Manager, it would not even open -- we
got the error message "low system resources". It wouldn't shut down. I had to
hard boot the computer to shut it off, then run system restore, then
re-activate her AOL.... I can't keep going over and doing this everyday!
I thought part of the problem may be that it's trying to acess the internet
to search for a driver for the lexmark, OR to 'register', update security
files, etc... So I set those security things to off for now. What else can we
try? It's not an application thing, b/c she's added no apps (not even a word
processor). Friggin M$ doesn't provide ANY help literature, or even
explanation as to basics for running the system.
Some other forums I've checked say that it's a hardware/application software
issue -- Vista is too advanced & things have to catch up. But this came
pre-loaded... To me, it sure seems like another example of Microsoft
designing for designers and not basic users. Those PC/MAC ads have far more
resonance for me now (and I've been using PCs and Windows since the 80s).
Your sage advice much appreciated!
> I was using Vista Ultimate and once again, the "explorer" component
> has frozen or crashed or hour glassed or something to the point that
> task manager doesn't even open and I'm going to have to hold the power
> button down to restart the computer.
> This time I was searching for and in files over the network in another
> computer's shared folder. The first couple of searches searched and
> worked. The last search took some time, but I let the address/progress
> bar pass the refresh/cancel button before I cancelled the search.
> After that, I try to just go back to another folder location and it
> doesn't. Try, try, try and the explorer window gives me three options
> and I chose to close the program.
> Now "explorer" or dwm or whatever it is, takes the taskbar with it and
> I have two non-explorer applications windows open. I try to browse the
> file system through one of the application via Open dialog box and
> that application is frozen with the O cursor.
> Ctrl+Shift+Esc doesn't give me task manager. Alt tab has reverted to
> the XP like rectangular icon switch. Flip 3D works with the two frozen
> application windows left open. Ctrl+Alt+Del comes up and I try the
> task manager option and it doesn't come up. Winkey + U works. Shift*5
> Finally, I was able to switch user and the user's desktop comes up and
> its "explorer" and taskbar comes up, but then I try to log off and
> Vista is still stuck Loggging off... while I'm typing this post.
> The sleep button made Vista fade to black. Now how do I wake it up?
> Num lock toggles.
> The computer woke up and it's still trying to log off.
> Why is this Vista so buggy? Is it just me? Is it the OEM installation
> of Vista? I feel like I have to do a clean reinstall without the other
> junk. Why can't I at least open task manager and run explorer if
> you're going to fall apart on me?