I'm cleaning/tuning up a friend's pc and, after rebooting, programs are slow to open--Firefox, IE, any program in Programs List, etc. Once I've clicked on one and wait for it to open, it closes normally. After opening/closing a few, then the pc starts opening/closing progs. better, but not acceptable. However, once opened, using them is a wait and see (hesitations, browser pages taking forever to display and change, typing in Word hesitates, navigation in programs is "stuttery", etc.) Bootup and shutdown times are acceptable. Below are some of the things that I've done to try to solve this problem:
Auslogics--defragged & optimized
ran Windows Disk Cleanup
ran Error Checking on c:\--all OK
ran Malwarebytes, Spybot S&D, Superantispyware, Ccleaner--all OK now
ran Avast full system scan and boot time scan--OK
turned of all startup entries except Avast with Ccleaner
turned of all unneeded services via services.msc at blackviper.com
Sysinternals Process Explorer with the larger values shows:
Task Manager shows:
no unusual processes
I have to admit that I'm as dumb as a box of rocks on the Process Explorer and Task Manager readings, but in my research some helpers seem to be interested in these.
I'd greatly appreciate any suggestions that I haven't tried yet. It's probably something simple and obvious, but I can't find out what's causing it. It seems to me that something is running in the background and is causing this behavior. Thanks in advance.
Dell Dimension 2400, 2.4Ghz, 1GB RAM
Windows XP Home Edition SP3