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im running win xp proffesional with service pack 2, i have all the updates (bar a few of them). i have Norton Antivirus, firewall & anti-spam, ad-aware 6 prof, win patrol, system mechanic, registery mechanic & microsoft antispyware installed on my PC to help you out.
the problems im having are...
1 - System restore wont work (wont create or restore) and just crashes
2 - when install/uninstall programs it does nothing for ages (about 25mins) then will either install or time out
3 - The auto updates dont install it just says 'Initializing installation...'
4 - When i right click on 'My Computer' then go to properties it takes ages to show up the properties box