SLOW Win XP home (on laptop)

By Spunks3
Sep 15, 2003
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  1. okay... my bro brought home his laptop from college cus its going INSANLY SLOW.... im talking 20 minutes just to get past the windows loading screen... once u finally get logged on to the user (another 10 min's)... it takes forever to load simple thigs...i.e. folders, explorer, and so on.... hes got a total of 18GB and has 12GB free.... what can i do to fix this..... and i cant just simply re-install windows because he needs everything thats saved on it.... please help
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Well for starters it would be a good idea to back everything up one way or another, by a netowrk or CDR.

    Next, what are some more specifications of this machine? What was changed recently to make it go slower all the sudden(or has this been going on quite a while?)? Is it up to date with all updates?

    Try running adaware and spybot, in case it is a virus that is slowing it down.


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  3. StormBringer

    StormBringer Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,871

    Try what Poert suggested, as well as running a full AV scan and check the fragmentation of the HDD.

    Full system specs and a list of services may also help determine the problem.
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,745

    Ah antivirus I knew I forgot something, I got the spyware apps. Good check Stormbringer.
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