From: Computerpilot on 09/06/2002
I do not know 'Jeff' but he is very knowledgeable about computers and has brought forth a good KBA. In the future (which I surely hope that you do not have to do), please post your problems together. It will help us better pinpoint the issue(s).
I have worked with friend's computers that have young kids and run Windows 98. Not pretty. I think it is wonderful to get kids learning the PC at a young age but it does put a lot of stress on the OS. I always tell my friends that they should not find it unusual to deal with errors and reinstalls every six months.
I would run an SFC. This is the System File Checker and will check all your system files to see if they are missing or corrupt and replace them. It is a good way to recover problems with the Operating System without having to reinstall (use Restore Disk). I suspect you are having problems with a corrupt system file.
It is really easy to run and won't delete or erase anything so here are your instructions:
1)Click Start, point to Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, click System Information, and then click System File Checker on the Tools menu.
2)Choose, "Scan For Altered Files"
You will probably need the install disk to do this.
Do you have a high-speed internet connection? Also, are you networked (connected) to other computers? This would make a little more sense with what Jeff was suggesting.
For a good operating system for kids, I would purchase the newest version of Windows (WINXP) for the upgrade price of $99. It is a very reasonable price and a great OS for kids (no blue screens and more durable). I know that there may be some minor conflicts with current gaming software (usually newer games are completely compatible) and you might have to consult with a computer nerd but it is truely a gem when it comes to abuse (uses an event manager to store problems and describes in detail what the issue is without interrupting your work or locking up). It also has a better interface for multiple users and allow you to do work with your login and allow your kids to play on another (login id's are identified by a picture).
Hope this helps...