my computer has been running extremely slow, it has happened in the past and a reformat fixes it, however it always comes back. system restore to an earlier date worked about 2-3 times to fix the problem but eventually became useless. i have run the following programs: ad-aware, spybot s&d, mcafee virusscan, and windows defender. all of these programs are up to date, but have found nothing to fix the problem.
the computer runs slow for the most part, but struggles the most when starting programs etc. even the windows startup sound skips. when running in safe mode everything runs smooth with no delay.
i own a dell dimension 2400 running XP, 1 gig of ram and 2.39 celeron processor.
i have only installed standard programs, frontpage, photoshop, cuteftp, etc. disabling startup items in MSconfig does not fix the problem. safe mode runs smooth with no issues.
here is the original post with several replies on trying to diagnose the problem, at the end i was told to try the XP forum, so here i am. thanks for your help.
Edited by kable, 20 June 2006 - 02:07 PM.