Posted 05 January 2009 - 12:15 PM
Often when I try to open applications, they do not open for several minutes. BUT, this is no ordinary slow machine. Every already-open application works great during this time. The mouse cursor quickly changes back to the standard pointer (no hourglass) after attempting to launch something. Incidentally, starting programs from the command prompt/Run menu has the exact same delay.
Eventually, all programs that I have tried to open during this time of delay open all at once. The length of delay doesn't seem to be dependent on the number or complexity of applications opened. The Task Manager also delays opening, which makes it difficult to check out runnign processes, but I did succeed once, in keeping it open after a delay and experiencing a later delay, and none of the applications I opened showed up in the processes list until they were all visibly opened.
A delay is never guaranteed, and after a delay has completed, programs open normally (until another delay).
Perhaps related, when launching/using Windows Explorer, it hangs (or sometimes just takes a very long time) any time I try to access My Computer. I can do anything in any folder (e.g. Run: C:\, C:\Windows, or D:\), and open them directly, but I can't access My Computer with its list of drives.
PS: My computer is running Windows XP Pro SP2.