Windows AKA the root of all evil caused my laptop all kinds of issues. I thought I needed a new laptop already after only a year, maybe, and then my husband put Ubuntu (Linux OS) on my laptop and it fixed every problem. Now, my browser will freeze every once in a while if I have a billion tabs open, but my computer doesn't and I only have to restart like once a week, and that's only for updates. I HATE Windows with such a passion.
Anyway, sorry about my mini-rant. Anu made good points about too many programs running. Windows doesn't deal well with more than one task at a time, especially if there are things running in the background. Have you checked on things like start up programs (things that automatically launch in the background when you turn your computer on)? I've known a few people who had all their messengers set to auto-sign on, as well as other programs, and their computers froze a lot.
at 11:23 PM on Mar. 15, 2011