ITunes & Quicktime won't open but processes running

Tried to startup iTunes one day for some music before class, the hourglass came up, but no iTunes, looked in the system processes and there it was, just wasn't opening. Uninstalled and reinstalled the newest version 7.4.2 numerous times, some with leaving the application data there, most with wiping out anything iTunes related from my hard drive and trying again. Also tried earlier versions of iTunes, all did the same thing.
Nothing seemed to work, so I just reformatted my harddrive and started to put things on, at first it opened fine, then I added all my music in, and it went to get album art I believe, and I started to sort through my iTunes music folder, I go to right click to sort by name and my whole computer freezes. Now iTunes does the same as is it does before, just the processes open, and then about 2-3 mins later if I don't kill the process my whole computer freezes.
I don't know whether this would be something with my sound drivers or whatnot because it all started happening randomly, and my laptop runs iTunes perfectly fine, same with my roommates desktop (almost identical hardware). Every other media device I have runs fine, VLC, WMP, etc.

I had a similar problem with iTunes not working. Hourglass would come up, then it would revert back to arrow but iTunes wouldn't open. It would appear to be running on the list of processes, but I could not end that process.
I fixed it - or at least it seems fixed - by performing a repair installation of Windows XP. My guess is the problem was with one of the deep system files, which the reinstallation replaced. Can't know for sure, though.

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