Installed XP SP3 PC is now ridiculously slow

Emachines / W3400
December 26, 2009 at 04:34:38
Specs: Windows XP, Athlon 3000+/2 GB RAM
Hi, have been running service pack 2 for a while with no problems... but now that I have installed SP3, the boot-up time and program start times are horrendous.
Everything is ridiculously slow.

Also, this is a fresh reformat/reinstall.
No Antivirus, adware/spyware, etc.
Just pure WinXP updated to SP3.

Is this the fault of SP3?
Can I uninstall just SP3 and go back to SP2...to compare?

Thank you


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#1
December 26, 2009 at 04:41:00
I am not sure why, but I have the same problem.....seems that something happens when you install SP3.....

DO NOT uninstall SP3 --- no difference

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#2
December 26, 2009 at 07:19:36
Tests have shown that SP3 actually makes systems a little faster in most cases.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...


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#3
December 26, 2009 at 09:11:04
Perhaps run a google trawl (search) using the string:

installed xp sp3 and system slow

you'll get more than a few h its discussing it variously... May be a useful trawl to do as it saves me duplicating an assortment of info already well presented "out there"...


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#4
December 26, 2009 at 09:15:19
Read my signature ( not the last row )

Google can help a lot...

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#5
December 26, 2009 at 09:35:12
Incidentally removing sp-3 which seems possible... does appear to make things faster (as presumably one goes back to sp-2 level)? At least that is the impression one gets from some of the hits "out there"...

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#6
December 26, 2009 at 09:40:06
No, neither even removing it nor performing a windows XP repair installation won`t fix the things....I fixed it with formatting.... :\

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#7
December 26, 2009 at 10:10:00
Not having had this problem with my XP-Home (as far as I know) my brief trawl does cough up a few hits that do seem to suggest removing it - and not going a reformat/re-install etc. - does restore performance (and as I suggest above back again at sp-2 level at least)?

I have (after seeing assorted less than favourable reports re' sp-3 fully applied) stayed at sp-2 level but take down most of the proffered updates - not IE-7/8 etc though...

I'm guessing experiences are very varied here; and what may work for one situation/user may not for another?

I would at least see if removing it and reverting to sp-2 does make a favourable/positive difference; and then apply updates accordingly - but NOT install the whole thing in one go. Although if one starts with sp-2 and installs the subsequent updates one would logically expect to be at sp-3 level anyway?


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#8
December 26, 2009 at 11:23:19
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950...
Steps to take before you install Windows XP Service Pack 3

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#9
December 26, 2009 at 11:24:48
Something may be wrong with your Windows XP settings.

Windows SP3 is supposedly to increase your computer a little quicker from SP2. The changes in Sp3 are mostly security stuff. Did you install Windows XP service pack 3 through windows updates?


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#10
December 26, 2009 at 11:42:57
And of course a prayer may help too - both prior to and while installing it... (re' Chuck's post)

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#11
December 26, 2009 at 14:14:39
There was a problem with AMD based OEM computers and SP3 last year. There was a patch released to fix the problem.

I suggest you check your hard drive to see what speed it is running at.

Post if the drive is ATA or SATA.

There are two links below that may be useful.

http://blogs.pcworld.com/staffblog/...

http://www.softwarepatch.com/window...


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#12
December 29, 2009 at 22:23:55
During the normal course of use, you would have done a number of updates between sp2 and sp3, it may be possible that some of these are needed but not included in sp3 package. since this was a reinstall at sp2 then a direct upgrade to sp3. It may be as simple as turning back to sp2, if good, run all separate updates in order, then if ok try to reeinstall sp3. When I still had XP Pro, it worked better when I upgraded to sp3 (originally it was sp1 so I had lots of time through all updates gradually)

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