very quick description of problem but to make things easier (hopefully i don't get arguments or questions regarding the validity of my assumptions) i can safely say that i do not have any spyware or viruses present throughout my computer hard drive, i am running windows xp sp2 with all recommended windows updates and some optional updates also (as of 29-06-07), and have never had any problems like this in the past.
Key changes to my system:
-Installed a new sata drive (250gb western digital sataII 16mb cache although my motherboard runs it at sata1 only (limitation))
-Fresh installation of windows xp and all recommended updates installed as well as most recent drivers for my motherboard (p4s800mx - i dont care about suggestions to upgrade because this board serves me well enuf)
in particular i am trying to install my canon ip4200 printer and the drivers have been updated since the last time i had to install my printer now having the option of automatically installing via the web or downloading a simple .exe to install offline... either way i go once i click yes i agree on the offline method or once the online method gets to 100% .. the window closes and shows my desktop and the computer is perceived to be frozen in the sense that i cannot click anything (at all!) but the mouse still moves freely... a reset of computer brings it back to life when back into the desktop...
i have brought up the task mananger and watched the cpu utilization when the computer 'hangs' and it stays 0-1% but obviously still fluctuates and is not frozen its just that i cannot click anything.
if i unplug the mouse and plug it back in it doesn't do anything at all except carry on allowing me to move the mouse but not respond to any click..
i have seen the same symptoms in this thread... Automatic updates 6.2007 freezing computer - microsoft.public.windowsupdate | Google Groups
but am running out of ideas as to where this problem came from..
it is hard to pinpoint the exact time this happened but i would say after all the windows updates where installed and operating.. and all of my programs where installed i then remembered i must install my printer but then it will not allow me to without this problem occuring..
if anybody has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated thankyou,