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XP Pro - Is it time to start over?

A few nights ago XP Pro started running slow - like something was tying up the processor. I couldn't find any process running so I did several bit level virus scans (Safe Mode) as well as spyware scans. Everything came back ok.

Soon it started taking two, three, even five minutes to start up. The only recent program installs were Canon's CannoScan drivers and Windows Defender. I tried removing these programs but the Add/Remove Programs utility would not populate with any programs. Tried a system restore but everything is the same. I've even tried "resetting" system restore via command live.

Now I figure I have to wipe Windows and start all over. What sucks is having to re-download all the drivers, programs, etc. Is there any way for Windows to back-up the drivers before I go through the torture of reinstalling the devil?

Thanks in advance...

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Canon driver

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Have you tried using the Canon uninstaller?

Start
All Programs
Canon
Look to uninstall in one the submenu choices.

Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem.

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Windows Defender Creates AT LEAST 1 Restore Point.....

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every day, sometimes more depending on what you do/install. Several posters have found that after awhile, their restore points are humongous and causing other items to run short on needed resources.
If your machine is clean (!!) then I would try dumping your current restore points, then on restore settings move the slider to the left 'til it shows 3%(?). On my P4 XP Pro, this is enough for 2 + months of restore points. Default is about 12% of hard drive. By limiting the amount of space available, new points will simply overwrite the oldest points first.Worth a try??.

On my 98 SE machine I had a Canoscan flat bed scanner that worked like a charm (using Cannon drivers supplied w/unit). I was completely unable to make this unit function on my new XP machine. Caused all kinds of slow downs & even the odd crash.
Basically, Cannon told me that I wouldn't work, even with updated drivers & I should buy a newer scanner!!!!
So I did!! An HP All-in-one! The native drivers in XP were written by HP and worked without installing any new drivers (just let XP "find" new device). For what it's worth. Good Luck. Happy

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