Why do almost all programs I start in Windows 7 not respond?

22 Sep 2010
22 Sep 2010 | |

Nearly every program I start in Windows 7 opens and then immediately enters a not responding mode, indicated by a note “(Not Responding)” in the title bar just to the right of the program name.

I have re-installed Windows 7 several times and it still occurs. I have removed my antivirus software (AVG) and replaced it with Microsoft Security Essentials and it still happens. This  step was suggested in the MS Help forums.

Is there a specific cause to this that is able to be fixed?

I have all updates and patches to all software. I have all drivers and BIOS up to date. Even my father-in-law who is an MCSE has no clue what is causing this problem!

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