Click on Start then Run and type cmd into the search box and hit Enter. Type sfc /scannow at the prompt and hit Enter, if asked to insert the XP disc, please do so. If it tells you the disc does not match the installed version you will need to slipstream it with SP3. Slipstream XP with SP3 and SATA drivers
you can simply miss the section concerning SATA drivers if you do not need them.
You could also try uninstalling McAfee and replacing it with Microsoft Security Essentials
which should not use so many system resources. You must use this tool `McAfee Removal Tool
to completely remove McAfee after you have uninstalled it using Add/Remove from the Control Panel.
I would suggest you avoid using any kind of Registry cleaner as they can do more harm than good, frequent use of this kind of software might be the reason for your systems poor performance.
If none of the above helps to speed things up then a full format and a clean install may be the best way to go, but I would suggest you run the manufacturer's diagnostics on the hard drive before doing so as a failing hard drive could also be the reason for the slowness.
Identify the make of your hard drive and then use one of the links below to get the manufacturer's diagnostics for ISO (CD)
not the one for Windows.
When the download is complete right click the file and select Extract Here and burn the image to a CD.
In Windows 7 right click the extracted file, select Open With
, then select Windows Disc Image Burning Tool
then follow the prompts. For all other versions of windows (if you do not have an ISO burner) download this free software. ImgBurn
Install the program and start the application. Select the top left hand option to burn image file to disk and then on the next window click on the small yellow folder icon and browse to the file you have downloaded from the links below. Then click on the two grey discs with the arrow in between (bottom left) and leave it to complete the operation.
Boot the PC into the Bios setup and set the CD/DVD drive to 1st in the boot sequence. Insert the disk in the drive then reboot and the disc will load into dos.Excelstore
Use EStest CD imageHitachi/IBM
Use the Drive Fitness Test - CD Image.Seagate, Samsung, Maxtor & Quantum
Follow links for SeaTools (For DOS ISO image)Western DigitalToshiba/FujitsuIf you have a Toshiba/Fujitsu hard drive I would suggest the use of the diagnostics from the Seagate link as this will work on all makes of drive and on any OS.
Edited by mark1956, 24 February 2012 - 12:15 PM.