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I am experiencing a recent and dramatic drop in performance on my Compaq Presario 1800 running Windows XP Pro SP2.

I have been running XP Pro on this computer for nearly a year without difficulty. For some unknown reason however, my system is NOW running EXTREMELY SLOW... sometimes 20-30 minutes to boot and several minutes to start a program.

I use ZoneAlarm, AVG, Spybot, Spyware Blaster, Counterspy and Ad Aware and have run complete scans detecting nothing.

I have also performed a disk defrag and run chkdsk to detect any problems.

Any suggestions?

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Have you installed anything just prior to the slow down? Just a shot in the dark here but my sister just installed a new HP printer. After that her computer would take 10-12 minutes to boot up. I did some checks and found that the computer was looking at all of the card slots (for digital cameras) as drives and was trying its best to check them before completing the boot process. Don't know why the printer causes that problem and the Epson that her husband uses, also with card slots, has no problem at all. HP's only workaround so far is really unsatisfactory to me, but she is living with it. Having to keep the USB cable disconnected until after the computer boots up would drive me bonkers!
 

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DTCAN said:
I am experiencing a recent and dramatic drop in performance on my Compaq Presario 1800 running Windows XP Pro SP2.

I have been running XP Pro on this computer for nearly a year without difficulty. For some unknown reason however, my system is NOW running EXTREMELY SLOW... sometimes 20-30 minutes to boot and several minutes to start a program.

I use ZoneAlarm, AVG, Spybot, Spyware Blaster, Counterspy and Ad Aware and have run complete scans detecting nothing.

I have also performed a disk defrag and run chkdsk to detect any problems.

Any suggestions?
Dennis
Try disabling unnecessary items from startup. Do u think you need more RAM, it might help. ALso what about HDD space? Why not run a disk clean up aswell? Clean out the trash and then run the defragmenter once again, if your paging file or MFT is badly fragmented, it can slow down the system, if so get a specialzied defrag software that has features to defrag these as well. Did you try deleting prefetch? check out these links
http://www.tweakxp.com/article36979.aspx
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/slowcom.htm
 
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