Have you tried defragmenting your harddrive?
Do you have service pack 3 btw?
if you don't know you can use this to find out: http://www.realhound.com/TechDocs/2008615_12633_Windows%20XP%20SP3%20-%20Do%20I%20have%20this%20installed.pdf
I have Windows XP Professional OS with a Pentium R 4 CPU, 3.2GHz, 3.21GHz, 760MB of RAM.
That was the technical stuff read off the system information, not me. Please I am not techincally minded.
This has happened to me before with my previous computer, after a while (I have had this one about three years), they become very slow. I run clean up programmes regularly and have good anti virus and spyware protection so am pretty confident its not virus based. I have spoken to people who talk about virtual memory and things above my understanding but they recommend wiping it?
When I start the computer the red light flashes likes mad and although the screen appears its virtually impossible to do anything for about ten minutes though checking sytem manager there is very little going on. I have CCleaner and Revo Uninstaller and used these programmes to stop everything thats not needed on start up.
When I first bought the machine it was like lightning and loaded really fast. How can I get back to that sort of performance?