What is wrong with my Windows XP PC?

September 18, 2011 at 04:51:31
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, yesterday i turned my PC on and when i tried to open 'My Computer' it took forever to find it (the torch moving left and right appears). That's not all, when i started Internet Explorer nothing happened, not even error messages. When I try to start a game nothing happens either. Also, when i try to turn the PC off, the icons and everything else but the desktop wallpaper disappear and it won't turn off. When i go i safe mode, however, everything works fine. I tried system restore a few times, but no result. Oh, i forgot to say that i can access Disk 'D' and Disk 'C' separately (via task manager), and all the files and stuff are there. Help, please!

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September 18, 2011 at 08:15:02
Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model, or at least the model, of your mboard.

The model of a brand name system is usually on a label on the outside of the case,

or if it's a Dell system, go here to find your Service tag number, tell us what it is:

or if it's a HP or Compaq system, Go here:

Scroll down a bit.

Find the similar label on the outside of the case.
Quote the
- specific model number - at the end of the first line
- the Product Number - p/n - on the third line

The model of a mboard in a a generic desktop system is usually printed in obvious larger characters on the surface of the mboard, often between the slots, or near the center of the mboard.

Some computers show a screen with the model number on it while booting the computer.

Also, if that's not obvious when you supply the above info...
- how much ram is installed
- which cpu (processor) do you have, and what speed does it run at ?

What is the size of your C partition, and how much free space is left on it ?

There are often many startup programs that are loaded or that are going to be running in the background when you boot normally that do not get loaded or run in the background when you load Windows in Safe mode.
Those programs tend to use the most cpu % when you have started up the computer for the first time on a particular day.
The cpu % used by those programs diminishes within a short time, how long that takes varying depending on your situation.

If your computer is slower or has less ram or if your C partition is too full, the cpu % used by those programs can be quite high, and while that cpu % is high, there will be delays when you try to use programs..
If you press the Alt-Ctll-Del key combo to pop up Task Manager, you can see the cpu % being used.at the bottom of it's window.

The simpliest thing to do is to to just WAIT until the hard disk activity led is not on constantly after you have first booted the computer- wait until it blinks or goes off, comes on only occaisoinally - or press Alt-Ctrl-Del and WAIT until the cpu % used becomes low - and THEN you will have no problem doing whatever you want to do.

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