Laptop more slower after XP SP3 installation

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November 5, 2010 at 09:31:12
Specs: Vista SP1, 3.0Ghz,2Ghz
I recently installed SP3 on my laptop. The laptop has become excruciatingly slow. Google takes five minutes to load. I have an HP Pavilion ze2000 with 512MB of memory and Windows XP Professional. I am thinking of rolling back SP3 along with IE8. I had no problems before with SP2 and IE6 SP2. Should I do a restore back to before SP3 was installed or should I do an uninstall from Control Panel?

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#1
November 5, 2010 at 09:37:34
You would have to uninstall SP3. Installing SP3 would have cleared all prior restore points.

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#2
November 5, 2010 at 11:04:51
Did you install SP3 thinking it would solve an existing problem you were experiencing?

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#3
November 5, 2010 at 12:42:06
I installed SP3 in order to install Visual Studio 2010 Beta. The 2010 beta was uninstalled; it really slowed things up. Now SP3 also needs to be uninstalled because the laptop is practically unusable. This laptop is from 2005. Unless I feel like buying a new laptop, which I don't, I think I'll be OK if I unistall SP3. But what about IE8? Will that be uninstalled also? Can I still get IE6 SP2? My laptop is not advanced enough for Microsoft's so-called progress!

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#4
November 5, 2010 at 13:31:35
IMO, IE8 is not a good browser. I have IE8 on Windows 7 but use FF3. Any internet issues could be due to IE8 settings.

IE 7 is still available. Look at the link below for IE7. If you have a listing for SP3 in Control Panel> add remove programs you should be able to remove it.

That said, SP3 should not have a big impact on the speed compared to SP2. SP3 is more secure and has many improvements.

Before trashing SP3 I suggest you trouble shoot the laptop.

Some things to check:

insufficient hard drive space
hard drive not running in a DMA mode
drivers not installed or wrong driver/s installed
verify you are only using one AV program and one firewall
make sure Windows is not downloading something when you first start up

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...


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#5
November 5, 2010 at 13:47:40
512MB RAM isn't very much these days.

VS 2010 requirements:

• Computer that has a 1.6GHz or faster processor
• 1 GB (32 Bit) or 2 GB (64 Bit) RAM (Add 512 MB if running in a virtual machine)
• 3GB of available hard disk space
• 5400 RPM hard disk drive
• DirectX 9 capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher-resolution display
• DVD-ROM Drive


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#6
November 6, 2010 at 07:18:13
Thanks for the responses, folks! I haven't defragged the laptop in a while. I think I'll try that. OtheHill, I went over your list of things to check, and the only thing it could possibly be is DMA on the hard drive or something downloading when Windows starts. I know Norton AV sometimes automatically downloads virus definitions and when it does this, forget about doing anything else! That's why I like to do it manually. I even have Windows Updates in manual mode. And yes, Windows Firewall is turned off!

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#7
November 6, 2010 at 07:19:59
I don't think it could be spyware either since Norton protects against that sort of thing.

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#8
November 6, 2010 at 08:11:51
Norton is a resource hog. I suggest you try something else. As was mentioned 512MB of RAM is not much. Increase to at least 2GB.

DMA only comes into play if you are using an IDE hard drive or running a SATA drive in IDE compatibility mode.


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#9
November 6, 2010 at 17:26:26
I think I found the culprit. The MSN toolbar. Norton notified me it was taking up 35MB of memory. I uninstalled it. Also did a defrag of the hard drive and deleted cookies and temp inet files.

I forgot to mention. With IE8, I decided to disable all accelerators. Could this effect anything? I hoping what I've done so far corrects the problem but I'd thought I'd ask to see what you think. Thanks.


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