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XP re-install & now everything is non responsive/mega slow - programs, icons etc

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Due to space issues on my 'C' drive, where I keep my XP OS, I re-installed and partitioned my HD, as I have done before, but taking some Gb from D and adding it to C.

I have now done three installations of XP, each time with the same problem. The first being the main re-install and format of C and D, the second being only on the C drive and the third being another complete re-install and format of C and D.

Anyway, on each of these attempts I thought everything was going fine, gave the computer a few minutes to fire up and give all the icons, programs, internet and widgets time to sort themselves. However, when I went to use a program, Start menu, icon, pretty much anything I've tried it takes ages to respond, if at all, since I'll probably end up hitting the reset button.

The only reason I'm able to get on this website is because the first thing I did was hit the Firefox icon before everything was sorted and loaded on my desktop.

It would seem that after two or three minutes, during that load time, things do work i.e. Firefox. However, if I leave the computer alone and come back to it in 5 or 10 minutes time then I can expect all facets of the computer to be unresponsive, mega slow to function or just hang on screen - plenty of hourglass action going on.

Any ideas?

Tom.
 
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Have you tried to to defragment the drive....
with something like Auslogics disk defrag or defraggler?

Also is your pc overheating?

Did you defrag the drive and or partitions before installtion?
 
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Have you installed all the latest drivers, etc?
 
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why dont u use some linux distribution and boot it live to desktop and se how it perform!?!
just to make sure all hardware is functioning ok!!
then again..,mybe u should try using some hdd toll to format it to all zeroes!!u can use hires boot cd to do that.. it have lots of hdd tools!!
 
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Make sure you install your mobo drivers...chipset...
 
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Let me see if I understand correctly: You re-installed XP several times and it's performing sluggish. Is that correct? I've had this happen to me before. I was able to remedy the problem with Dban. It might not be advisable to use in your situation because you have two partitions. If I'm not mistaking, Dban wipes out an entire disc and cannot differentiate between partitions.
 
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well that is what i sugest allready to..,but on hirens boot cd u have tool called "active kill disk" witch wrights all zeroes to hdd .after that instaling os and booting is much snappier!! :)
 
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Thanks for the input everyone.
Well, I made sure I had all the latest drivers put on as soon as I had the internet up and running and my computer has never run better.

I'm happy,
Tom.
 
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Thanks for the input everyone.
Well, I made sure I had all the latest drivers put on as soon as I had the internet up and running and my computer has never run better.

I'm happy,
Tom.
Good job...The drivers are a must for a zippy OS :toast:
 

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Yes win xp relies on the chipset drivers heavily.
 

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Yes win xp relies on the chipset drivers heavily.
So does Vista, 7, and 8. In fact they rely on it more so than XP did, the difference is a lot of those basic device drivers are now built into the OS, but I'm sure in a few years if you try to put 7 on new hardware, you might run into similar issues.