Did it get it's yearly dollar dustup?
See -> http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11319_7-6240575-1.html
Tell me about disk space. Got scads? How about temp files (see CCLEANER.)
Running Win XP sp2 on 4yr old Dell w 512MB RAM (yes, it could use some more memory) Two weeks ago, computer suddenly developed severe slowing. On surface, it looked like it was going to be a cpu resource issue, but checked it using task manager and nothing is using a lot. Has the proper availability numbers. Ran defrag, scanned for viruses, spyware, cleared the temp files, recycle bin, did disk cleanup. no recent downloads of anything, no new devices were added... checked the system logs, nothing going on there. Tried to Restore but that failed. User just does email, goes to the same two websites, does some Word docs. That's it. Nothing else. No games, no music, no surfing, no commerce, no nothing.
I've checked MSCONFIG and turned off all non-essential stuff, no difference. This was sudden change, symptopms:
when you click the mouse the button looks like it's 'stuck'.
Has taken up to 2 minutes (yes, it was timed) to open Outlook Express
Takes that long to load desktop,
No windows or menues open quickly though time varies.
I've worked with hundreds of computers, added memory to dozens and dozens and know that is where most of a user's perceptions of slowness comes from, but this is something totally different. Acts like some malware but can't find any.
Could this be a corruption of Win explorer (not IE, people!) ? I'm thinking since it's on the open that everything grinds to a halt...never seen this before.
Should I do an XP repair?
Running Norton 2006 Internet Security (yes, I know it's a hog, but this is sudden) and SpySweeper. Turned off spysweeper from running in the background. Not much difference. And like I said, been watching Task Manager like a hawk and the solution does not appear to rest there.
OK, can't think of anything else to tell you all.