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Xp & All Programs Are Slow To Respond When Opening A Folder

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#1 tonytis


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Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:47 PM

I've have a PowerSpec Pc for three years. P4, 2.8 Ghz, 1 Gig ram, 300 gig HD, onboard lan, sound and video. It not the best but it is dependable.

Two months ago I backed up all data, installed a new HD and fresh copy of XP Pro. I did this because I wanted to minimize the chance of any hard drive problems (even though I backup my data).

The system has been running fine, but recently I've noticed when I'm in Windows Explorer, Word, Outlook or any other program and I want to open a folder, the system takes about 30 seconds to respond, then it's fine.

I've never seen this type of delay. The system runs SP2 and is up to date on all Microsoft patches and security updates.

Does anyone have any suggestions?



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Posted 19 June 2007 - 07:21 AM

Typically these are resource issues that happen as your Windows installation ages - BUT, it can also be a sign of a malware infection.

Check the Process and Performance tabs in Task Manager to see what's causing the slowdown. Additionally, when in the Processes tab, select the View menu item, then select "Select Columns", and then place a checkmark in the IO Reads box. That'll show you excessive disk reads that can cause this issue also.
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