1.) Get rid of the excess programs.
Add/Remove is fine. Revo might be a little more complete, but anything 'left over' won't really be a problem anyway. Revo: http://www.download.com/Revo-Uninstaller/3...4-10727911.html
2.) Checkdisk! Absolutely! http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315265
3.) Scannow to make sure your Windows installation is complete:http://www.updatexp.com/scannow-sfc.html
4.) Take out the garbage: ATF Cleaner. http://www.atribune.org/content/view/19/2/
No install. Save to desktop and run.
5.) Stop all the unnecessary auto-start processes: http://www.winpatrol.com/
Install and right click the small dog in the tray. Select "Display startup info." Click the process you want to stop once, to highlight, and then press the 'Disable' button. You can easily go back and 'enable' anytime you want.
6.) Get Process Explorer: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...ssExplorer.mspx
Configure it: http://www.5starsupport.com/ipboard/index.php?showtopic=8275
Check out what it is showing:
For information about the various processes, here are some good places to check: http://www.ppedia.com/http://www.fileresearchcenter.com/http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htmhttp://www.kephyr.com/filedb/index.phphttp://www.what-process.com/lists.aspxhttp://exelib.com/http://www.processlibrary.com/
Of course, you can always google'em.
7.) Do a complete defrag: http://www.kessels.com/JkDefrag/
Unzip and just run the JkDefrag.exe. No install required.
Ugly as sin, as effective as it is ugly.
8.) Do several on-line anti- scans: http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1166058316
(Need to use IE)
9.) Install Comodo firewall: http://www.personalfirewall.comodo.com/
10.) Fully update Windows and all other applications, including Java.http://secunia.com/software_inspector/
(Uninstall all but the most recent Java--'6.3')
11.) Trim down your 'Services.' Compare and contrast the 2 sites to determine your needs. Set unwanted Services to "Manual." That way Windows can start them if needed.http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htmhttp://www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm
12.) Get ERUNT and start it working for you:
ERUNT info and tutorial: http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/erunt.txt
Download free ERUNT: http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
For more see: http://doc1101.vox.com/