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Very slow and very odd performance after installing updates

I recently installed the Win XP Service Pac 2 update and ever since my system seems to be deteriorating at an almost hourly rate. The system is crawling along; extremely slow to open or close any programs; very slow to shutdown; lots of background things going on ? trying to almost constantly update MS software; asking for passwords at startup and to access MS programs ? I have no passwords on the system since I am the only user. In addition, using Photoshop [which is my business!] has become a major chore ? the system is sluggish in executing any commands, opening files, editing, etc. I do not receive any error messages; however, the system hangs on what, at least to me, appears to be a random basis. I have been unable to duplicate a crash/hang that occurs when using a particular software or executing a command. All of these problems appear related to this update, since prior to installing the update the system ran well. I have already attempted to restore the system to a point prior to installing the update but I was unable to do this because the system does not appear to recognize any restore points. Any advice? Ideas? Help? Thanks!

System specs: Pentium 4, 2.4 GHz; 1GB Ram; 80GB drive; 2 ?external drives. Microsoft Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 2

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What prep work did you do before SP2?

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Many don't clean out the spyware before the update.
Tell what you did to get ready.

You likely installed not only SP2 but .NET which is an optional module for most. It would have it change to multiple logons and you will get the logon back until you use tweakui or what method you prefer.

In closing, don't fall for "I'm the only user" trap. Many forget to have a spare account in case their profile suffers some damage and get locked out.


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Prep for download of SP2

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A small caveat if I may: I am not a computer wiz, I am photographer who relies on my computer for my work ? next to my camera equipment my computer is the most important asset for doing my work.

Prior to downloading and installing the update I reformatted the hard drive (motivated by other problems not related to this update); reloaded Win XP, ran an adware/malware/spyware program (Symantec) and also the same type program from the MS website; after all of this was completed I downloaded and installed the update.

Thanks for the warning about making sure to always have at least one other account profile ? I learned this one the hard way! When I stated that I was the sole user it was simply to clarify that no one else uses this system so I cannot blame another user for the problems.

Several people (again, not computer guru types) have suggested that I simply reformat the drive and reinstall Win XP and download the update again. I am not sure that this will resolve my issue ? and, of-course, there is that time factor involved in doing all of this once again.

One final, really stupid question: would the fact that my 2 external hard drives are formatted as FAT 32 and the internal is formatted NTFS cause these problems? Should the externals be reformatted to match this format type?


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How did you reformat?

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Did you reformat with a restore CD that came with your particular computer, or from the standard Windows XP CD? If from the XP CD, you may need to install chipset drivers separately depending on your motherboard type. Without these drivers installed, you could experience serious slowdowns and other problems. It's just a thought, but maybe it's not SP2 that caused the problems.

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How system was reformated

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Thank you for taking time to respond. I reformated using the CD that came with my system - a Dell Deminsion 8200. I assume - a very dangerous thing to do! - that the correct drivers would be included on this CD???

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I have the full picture now.

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Formatting and installing Windows is not an easy task. While you told a little about it, not many know to find, install MOTHERBOARD and/or USB drivers specific for their system. I can't comment any deeper since no make/model of all the parts was omitted from your post.

It's a common trap and one that Microsoft has yet to address.


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More on the full picture

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Hi Bob and thanks for taking the time to try to help. I installed WIN XP using the CD that came with my system. My system is a Dell Deminsion 8200. I assumed that the correct drivers were on this CD since according to the Dell tech who provided directions for the reinstall, those drivers were on the CD. I'm sorry, but I am not real clear as to what drivers may have been omitted when I reformated and reinstalled the system.

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Better focus.

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That's gets you up to XP SP1 and the drivers that came with the machine, but Dell may have issued updates to get the machine ready for SP2. I know HP had some boatload of machines that you could not install SP2 on until a HP PATCH was applied.

You need to check what Dell has for your machine and catch up.


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Makes sense

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Once again, Bob, thank you for taking so much time trying to help me resolve this issue. I will check with Dell to see if there are updates that I missed.

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The drivers and factory installed

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software come on separate CDs. All of them are included with your system. The drivers may not be the latest but, it can get your started. If you can't find the CDs, you can always find what is needed at Go to service and support, enter your service tag number and you will find the drivers needed for your system.

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...ask Dell Support on how to update to SP2 for your model. You may even get a free CD with everything.

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Hi there !

Some thoughts....

1. Do you have partition on your HD ?
Wrongly done partition can give serious hick-upp?s.
If having 2 drives....could there be some residue of whatever harmfull exe-files on your second drive.
Or on your external drives ?

2. Is your videocard driver the latest version ?
If not...try to update.

3. Could it be related to right-clicking ?
If so....

4. Have you checked your tasklist for bad exe?s running ? Is the cpu in the red field ?

Good luck Happy

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