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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by krsone, Apr 15, 2008.

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  1. krsone

    krsone Thread Starter

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    Recently when I'm booting up Windows XP my hard drive light stays on and the computer is slow for at least 20 minutes. I can do work but it is very slow and then after about 20 minutes when the hard drive light goes off everything seems to be fine. I've checked my Startup Sequence through msconfig and unchecked anything that looked unnecessary. I've also done a Virus scan, a Spyware scan, a disk cleanup and a disk defragmentation and it keeps doing it. Is there any type of utility that I could use that would show me what the hard drive is doing and maybe make it stop? Thanks a lot for any help!

    Patrick
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Are AV or malware scans scheduled for startup? Check Task Manager and see what is busy.
     
  3. krsone

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    Thanks for your reply.

    >Are AV or malware scans scheduled for startup?

    No, should they be? I have Spybot which I run from time to time, would you recommend that? Should I add it to Startup, how do you do that?

    >Check Task Manager and see what is busy.

    I tried that and only one program popped up and that was for my ISP which is normal. Once it went away the Task Manager was blank the whole time until I loaded up this webpage, the hard drive light is actually still going as I type this.

    The Task Manager had always around 80 processes going and the only one that seemed to take up a lot of the CPU was the System Idle Process. I'm not sure if all that is normal or not.

    Thanks again for any help.

    Patrick
     
  4. Elvandil

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    What program does the ISP have?

    Look at the schedule for you AV just to be sure that it doesn't scan on startup.

    You coulkd also look as the Windows Task Scheduler to see what is scheduled. And, as always, run a disk check.

    Are you on a network?
     
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