I was trying some compression utilities (Winzip beta and ICEOWS) and decided to remove them. But afterwards when I click on some types of files, I have to wait 5 seconds to get a menu. Or to rename a file. Or open one. 5 seconds for each thing. Odd because some types of files are okay. And some aren't. Even ones that apparently have nothing to do with compression utilities. It's that stupid menu, or relation to it. Even selecting a file and then going to file menu has a 5 sec delay because it has the same options. So...I did a ridiculously exhasustive search for things that the comp might be looking for, and removed a bunch of ICEOWS/Winzip 9 related items, but it didn't fix anything. Safe mode did nothing... System restore decided to stop working for the occasion. Great. ...I tried to do a repair install of XP. Real pain to do, but I did it, and..., you guessed, didn't help. In fact it created many other problems. That's to be expected, but I was disappointed. Looks like my only real option is to format. Say it ain't so!