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Try making your open part or assemby window smaller, then drag the file into the empty space beside the window. Works for me in 2007.
Since 2005, we have not been able to double-click SWX files to open them; they have to be dragged into the SolidWorks window/toolbar. Double-clicking files used to cause SWX to throw a "file not found" error. Now, it randomly starts another instance of SolidWorks that is not visible to the user. You have to kill the duplicate SWX process via the Task Manager when this happens.
If you are not ending the second instance of the program, that would explain why your system resources go thpbpbpbt! (technical term) afterwards.