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Win2K Extremely slow performance

by reneefalke / July 6, 2004 11:42 PM PDT

All of a sudden, my windows 2000 system is performing so slow that I can walk away and come back hours, and i mean literally hours, and stuff is just starting to load.

All Windows updates are downloaded and installed and I have plenty of RAM and disk space. My EZ Antivirus finds no viruses. I did, however, recently make some minor registry changes with the help of a program but it seemed to work fine after that. I used my Win2K CD to try to repair the installation to no avail. I've defragged the drives, run spyware removers, etc....all to no avail as well.

My PC is no longer usable as it takes so long to do anything. This is as bad as going back to the days where you had to boot up from the A drive. No, wait...those were faster!!!!

I can boot up in Safe mode with no problem and then programs load fine. Any suggestions? I'm ready to format the drive & start over but really don't want to do that! lol Someone has to have had some experience with this situation...I'm so desperate!

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Re: Win2K Extremely slow performance
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2004 12:01 AM PDT

Find STARTER with a search on these forums and take the time to understand each item that is in that tool.

What are you doing about PARASITES?

Is DMA enabled?

No real information about the machine, so I can't tell if you took some Windows Update DRIVER and are just learning that one never accepts a driver from Microsoft.


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Re: Win2K Extremely slow performance
by reneefalke / July 7, 2004 12:05 AM PDT

Sorry but my machine is so slow that I can't even access the info to provide it. I'm using my work computer right now. I have AdAware, SpyBot, and SpySweeper installed and I run them regularly. I also run Norton's Clean Sweep program. I review the updates from Windows before installing them and I don't recall installing new drivers...this didn't happen after any recent installation either. Any suggestions as to how I can provide you with more information?

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Sorry, you have cleansweep.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2004 12:27 AM PDT

1. I found the recent versions of Symantec's tools to cause more trouble than fixes.

Look up IEFIX which will automate many OS repairs, but frankly, with that Symantec package I've had to reinstall the OS for a few.

2. STARTER is a small utility which is found either on this forum's search and it's up to you to research each item listed.

3. New pests are found daily. For instance (just one!), the about blank exploit is now causing too much havoc and is not automatically cleaned with the current Adaware or other tools. STARTER is a great tool which I use to look under the hood of such a machine.


While it boots in Safe Mode well, I can't say that you have a hardware issue. I did drop a hint that drivers could have failed, but your post is void of any description of the hardware so I can't give any suggestion if installing a motherboard driver package should be tried. I often have a first response list I work, but without the details, I can't offer this.


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Re: Sorry, you have cleansweep.
by reneefalke / July 7, 2004 11:12 PM PDT

Well, I disabled NAV since I also had EZ antivirus installed & running and I removed some programs this morning. It seems to be running at it's normal pace so perhaps I had a software conflict. I will do more diagnostic work with it this evening...I just wanted to try to see if I could get it "back to normal" and it seems to be okay now.

Thanks for all your input/help. I do appreciate it!

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Re: Win2K Extremely slow performance
by suttjef / July 24, 2004 12:32 AM PDT

Just a thought, have you looked at the task manager to see how many progs etc are loaded on your system.
Kind regards

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Re: Win2K Extremely slow performance
by kingviper / November 17, 2004 5:14 AM PST

The Win2K system is booting up extremely slow in normal mode but in safe mode it is booting normallly, what I did was uninstalled the Anti-virus software and boot up normally for some reason the Win2K system is booting up normally and working fine now.

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(NT) (NT) Which AV?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 17, 2004 5:49 AM PST
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