Computer having lots of problems

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
December 28, 2009 at 02:04:09
Specs: Windows XP Professional 32
My computer suddenly has got really slow (like 2-3 min to boot up and load start-up programs, compared to the normal 30-40 sec) Also it has random problems like not being able to play music files sometimes, and sometimes not connecting to networks. This all happened after i booted it up yesterday.

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December 28, 2009 at 04:37:38
I'd start by running a System Restore.


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December 28, 2009 at 05:46:28
And also maybe a full virus scan, and perhaps a freebie on-line too via (their freebie Housecall).

Disable system restore before running any scans; and re-enable after a reboot - when system is said to be clean...

Also - before re-enabling system restore - if anything is quarantined.. delete it first; then re-enable system restore.

If possible run the scan in safe-mode (with networking) too (both for local utility and the on-line one).

Other things to do/check:

Run a full scandisk/chkdisk routine and let it fix anything it finds... If problems persist... seriously consider copying "all" data etc. to optical-media (and ideally another external HD too); so that is system actually dies for whatever reason(s) your data is safe etc... This is also a good practice to observe at all times; regardless of state of laptop/desktop etc...

Did you per chance go anywhere on-line that may have dumped something nasty into the sytem; did you install or otherwise change the system as was?

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December 28, 2009 at 12:31:28
Yes, it's very important that you disable the System Restore if you're going to quarantine and remove any threats - otherwise they will still exist in the automatic restore files so you won't be able to get rid of them properly.

A slow computer can be caused by a whole host of issues. Have you tried installing any new hardware recently? It could be a driver or a registry problem.

It's also worth restricting the number of programs that are defaulted to load when Windows boots. Just by doing that, you can free up quite a bit in the way of system resources.

The Definitive Guide to Registry Cleaners &
PC Optimization

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December 28, 2009 at 13:23:29
Incidentally I tend to avoid registry cleaners etc. - even when attempting to resolve slow down installations... Best go the other routes first?

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December 28, 2009 at 13:53:05
No i haven't installed new hardware of drives etc im running disk check now

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