Okay so long story short, for a long time now, my computer has been freezing whenever you do things like: play games, watch videos, download files, compress files, move files, browse certain sites (eg. Myspace). It used to freeze even right after startup but it doesn't anymore I have no idea what the problem is. Ive ran virus scans, disk defrags/cleanups, diagnostics programs, all of which have the potential to also freeze up my computer. I have gone through and completely erased files and programs that are unwanted, updated my system and virus programs. So now, i am left with 2 ideas: 1. There is a virus or software problem i just havent found yet 2. The RAM, Motherboard, or Video Card is screwed. Im running on Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 CPU: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.20GHz NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 420 (if you need any other info just ask) I decided that i wanted to reinstall windows xp. What im worried about it losing all of my pictures and massive music library. Ive tried transferring it all to a usb, external hard drive, ive tried compressing it all to store it online or something. BUT of course, it freezes while in the process. I am willing to reinstall, as long as i can find a way to keep all of my music and pictures. What i am looking for is either 1) a way to find and fix the freezing problem or 2) a way to keep music and pictures and reinstall windows to fix any errors. It would also help if i could determine if it was a software, virus, or hardware problem please help. and thank you in advance.