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Solved: XP Pro SP2 is running like a slug!!!!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by davidpat, Jan 22, 2007.

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  1. davidpat

    davidpat Thread Starter

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    I am at my wits end!
    I finally upgraded to SP2, but I don't think that is the reason since it was running this way to some degree prior. I uninstalled Norton System Works and installed Kaspersky Anti Virus 6.0

    When I click the start button it can take 20 seconds to open. I started the calc and it took ~1 min to open. I'm at the point where I am going to format this ^%*&% and start from scratch!!!!

    HELP!!!!
     
  2. davidpat

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    I guess I soupd say that what I'm looking for is some guidance in where to start in fixing this pig, and/or some diagnostic tools, etc...
     
  3. davidpat

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    I've noticed that when I run 2 or 3 apps at a time they all seem to hang for a long time, and that is at 1% CPU occ. I have 512 meg of memory and I ran a memory tester to check it and it came back clean.
    I'm not sure the online upgrade to SP went well. Is there a way to check that? Is there anything I can do if it didn't?
     
  4. jrbuergel

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    Try to add more memory if possible, as your 512 mb RAM is barely enough for XP to run well. Also do some maintenance, such as run the disk cleanup tool, the defragmenter, and mayby download and install a memory available monitor and release program such as FreeRAM XP pro. Also mayby reduce the number of programs which startup with windows too. Here is a really handy app for startup control; http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml which installs in the Control Panel and is better to use than the windows msconfig.exe tool.
     
  5. davidpat

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    Do you know how I can figure out the type of memory I have installed. I built this PC a couple of years ago and I don't remember. Is there a tool that can help?
     
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    I think the online RAM companies like Crucial and Kingston have online system scans to find the right type of memory for you. Or just carefully remove a RAM module stick, and then look really close at it and write down the info from the label on it. Be sure to dissipate any static charge by touching some bare metal on the PC case. Here is one such web site to check; http://www.kingston.com/tools/umg/default.asp
     
  7. davidpat

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    I found a Memory scan tool on http://www.crucial.com it told me what I have and what I can add based on my motherboard.
     
  8. jmtechserv

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    It might not be a bad idea to scan for Spyware.

    Spyware Doctor works well for me.

    www.pctools.com
     
  9. 1101doc

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    Control start-ups. Start-up cpl is good. So is WinPatrol. Remember, you don't need it to start with Windows if you have a shoutcut handy.

    Control Processes. Sysinternal free Process Explorer is very helpful: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/ProcessExplorer.mspx
    Download link at bottom of page. Get process information from: http://www.processlibrary.com/ And also: http://www.fileresearchcenter.com/

    Control "Services." Read here first: http://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm
    Remember, when in doubt, use a "Manual" setting.

    Control clutter: Programs like CCleaner: http://www.ccleaner.com/ And also ATF Cleaner: http://www.atribune.org/content/view/19/2/ Both do a great job. I like ATF because It is not necessary to install it. Caveat: Both will allow cleaning of the Prefetch Folder. Bear in mind that doing so will considerably slow the opening of programs the next three times. If you clean Prefetch regularly, all your programs will always be very slow to load. Windows holds 128 entries in Prefetch and dumps the last for each new. Absent a malware problem really no benefit from cleaning it.

    For specific irritations/problems check out the help files at http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp.htm

    SP2 brings some new conditions, and it will probably take a while to get used to it, but in the end I believe the benefits outweigh the annoyances. Good luck, and please post back with your progress.
     
  10. davidpat

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    Thanks for the help but I was getting no where fast, so I am reinstalling XP...I'll add SP2 this time.
     
  11. Old Rich

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    FWIW . . I find if I install SP2 immediately after installing XP I have the fewest issues . . then install chipset and other drivers, then apps
     
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