xp slow down??

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May 12, 2009 at 15:40:29
Specs: Windows XP home, P4 4.8Gig
have noticed that any application/programme is taking some 8-10 secs to "leave" the sys tray ie clicking on the "X" to close a programme or say control panel etc the app closes right away, however it takes 8-10 secs before I can select the START button again, never noticed this happen until I installed SP3. not really a problem more a pain waiting for the START BUTTON TO FREE UP>While I am waiting I do notice the drive light is active.Any ideas what could be causing this.
XP home: P4 4.8Gig: 4 gig ram
maybe I'm just inpatient !!.


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May 13, 2009 at 02:09:55
Steve47, first reboot just in case your 'temp' files have grown unwieldy.
A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.).
Ed in Texas.

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May 13, 2009 at 14:53:19
Hi Ed,
Thanks for the help & advice I'll sure take a look at what you have mentioned.
In my first message I said the sys tray...I was refering to the task bar of course you realised that .
Now this morning when I fired up i did a test & apps/programmes shut down staright away,however, after I had been on the "net" progs/apps slowed down again ???.
Does this give you a further clue??.Cheers for now
Steve UK

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May 13, 2009 at 21:35:37
Perform the steps to increase performance in windows Xp

Click Start and then Run and type regedit

Application Hung Timeout value
HKEY_CURRENT_USER-Control Panel-Desktop
HungAppTimeout 1000

Grace time before killing apps on shutdown
HKEY_CURRENT_USER-Control PanelDesktop

HKEY_USERS-DEFAULT-Control Panel-Desktop

HKEY_USERS-DEFAULT-Control Panel-Desktop

HKEY_USERS-DEFAULT-Control Panel-Desktop
HungAppTimeout = 1000

Speed up shutdown
WaitToKillServiceTimeout = 1000


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE-SYSTEM-CurrentControlSet-Control-Session Manager-Memory Management-DisablePagingExecutive
changed to 1

Delete the Contents of the Prefetch Folder in Microsoft Windows XP
Click Start and then Run, The Run Window appears
Type %Windir%\prefetch, and click OK
Click Edit then Select Select All
Right-Click the highlighted items, & click Delete. The folders contents are deleted.

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