You should try to delete junk files and defrag the hard drive.
Over the last 2 days, my instance of XP has become extremely slow, essentially unusable. However, when I check the resource manager, CPU utilization is at 1%. I'm not sure what gives, as this happened all of a sudden.
Startup takes about 15-20 minutes. Safe mode makes some difference in the execution times, but it is still very slow even in safe mode. For example, it takes approximately 10 minutes to load up the system restore utility. I can get into a command prompt okay and work the file system from there, but that's about all that works quickly. I noticed that there was an automatic update that occurred a day or two ago, since then I think it's been ridiculously slow to use the machine.
This is an 2.4 GHz CPU machine with 2GB of RAM and a 500 GB HD. Anyways, I'm at a loss as to how to try to tackle the problem, so any tips or suggestions would be useful. Should I try an XP repair installation? Could it be low voltage off the PS? Ahhhh help me!!!