windows xp home loads slowly

By xjoesullix
Jun 29, 2007
  1. i have windows xp home edition sp2 and when the blue bars loads, it takes a long time and can sometimes lock up

    anyone know why, i have 1gb ddr ram


  2. Ididmyc600

    Ididmyc600 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,415

    Hd on it's way out

    Have you ran a defrag on the drive recently ?

    Has the OS been on a long time...

    Has it just started doing it or has it been going for a while and just got worse..?

  3. xjoesullix

    xjoesullix TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 50

    yeah i ran a defrag a couple of days ago

    os has ben on there since november and its been doing this for a couple of weeks
  4. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    The following is what I recommend: In addition to any on-board antivirus you may have (and you SHOULD have one) the use of this procedure should provide at least some marginal improvement.

    First, let's clean up your computer and clean it out as well.

    1- Start Internet Explorer, click tools, internet options, then click delete cookies, delete files (check offline too) and

    clear history, one at a time.

    2- Then click Start, programs, accessories, system tools, and then click Disk Cleanup and check ALL the boxes displayed

    (may take a couple min's).

    3 -Open Windows Explorer and under My Documents create a new folder 'AdAware'.

    4 -Go online and download AdAware SE (free version) to that folder:

    5 -Open the AdAware folder, and install AdAware SE.

    6 -Run it, and click on the 'planet Earth' icon and update AdAware SE immediately (click 'connect').

    7 -Once that is done, run AdAware SE full scan.

    8 -When the scan is done, click the box(es) beside ANY Critical entries and continue.

    9 -Download Spybot - S&D; create a NEW folder 'Spybot' in My Documents and save it there:

    10-Open that folder, install Spybot, then run Spybot and do an 'Search for updates' immediately

    11-After updating, do a 'Check for problems'

    12-Anything in RED put a check beside and then click 'fix selected problems'

    13-Make sure your Trash Barrel is empty (recycle bin)

    14-Assuming you are still in operation, defragment your drive.


    Then, download HijackThis;

    then run it and then copy the log and paste it at the following site for an automated analysis;

    IF they say anything is critical, you can post here and ATTACH the log and maybe one of the Security guru's can help.

    Note: ' Major Geeks ' is a reliable site that has both those programs free.

    An additional thing you may want to do:

    Remnants of an installation or patch are stored by Windows as temporary files, which can prevent the re-installation or starting of programs. These temporary files are normally created to temporarily store information in order to free memory for other purposes, or to act as a safety net to prevent data loss when a program performs certain functions. These temporary files however can trick an installation program into thinking that the propgram is already installed, or that a patch is installed when the patch has not been applied properly. Because this can cause complications, it may become necessary to delete these remnants to give your system a clean slate prior to launching or installing a piece of software. To delete your Windows temporary files, click on the link below for the operating system you are running:

    To delete your Windows temporary files on Windows XP:

    First you will need to delete the standard Windows temporary files:

    Click on the Start button.
    Click Run.
    Type temp into the available text field and click OK.
    Click on one of the files in the folder that just opened, and press Ctrl and A to select all of the files in this folder.
    Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
    When prompted if you are sure, choose Yes to All.

    Next you will need to delete your specific logins temporary files:

    Click on the Start button.
    Click Run.

    Type C:\Documents and Settings\<Insert login name here>\Local Settings\Temp in the available text field and click OK.

    Note : Be sure to specify your Windows login without the greater than/less than symbols, in the bolded area above.
    Click on one of the files in the folder that just opened, and press Ctrl and A to select all of the files in this folder.
    Press the Delete key on your keyboard. You may get a warning about the Perflib file if it isn't 'hidden' as it is in use - say OK. Then change its' properties to hidden and do this again.
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