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I have an old Dell XPS T700r, XP SP2. Shortly after installing XP, about a year ago, my system boots very slowly. The Dell logo stays on for about 4 minutes and it takes another 4 minutes before everything is up. About a week ago, the computer started becoming very sluggish after being on for about two hours. Page scrolling became jerky, both video and audio became jerky, and it took forever for folders and programs to come up. Shutdown took forever. The Dell logo hung forever on restart. I could only reboot by shutting it completely down and then starting it after a minute or so. Even then, it again became very sluggish after an hour or so.

I used checkdisk and defragged. I ran all sorts of scans for viruses, malware, and adware - all OK. On the day the problem started, I had coincidently increased my AT&T DSL speed. But, I tried running no internet, with the modem unplugged, and the PC still became sluggish.

The problem was solved yesterday by first shutting down the PC and then turning off the power, to everything, at the surge suppressor. When I turned the power back on, the PC booted up in a total of about 3 minutes - faster than it has in a year. I ran the PC all day with no problems. I did the same this morning and all has been well for 4 or 5 hours.

My question is, what is going on? It seems like, when I cut the power, something must have dumped. What can I do to restart as normal?

Thanks in advance.
 
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