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I recently re-installed Windows XP home edition and now my computer is acting violently slow. My startup is slow...everything is. I deleted everything off my start-up (except for the important ones) and I also cleared my registry,cookies,scanned for viruses,defragmented,restarted,but still a slow computer. Can someone tell me what is wrong? It was working fine before I re-installed Windows XP. :(

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Dell 4400
Pentium 4 1.9 GHZ
256 DDR SDram
Win. XP Home Edition.
Cable Modem w/ Router.

Anything else ya' need?
I restarted a million times,tried to mess aroud wih the registry. But still slow :(. I'm going to sleep now. Please have good suggestions :(.
In windows XP, services running in the background can really slow the system down. Here's a link with information. Be very careful. If you disable the wrong service, you can render XP unbootable.

Keep a record of everything you do.

You might also consider creating a second hardware profile in the event you make a mistake. You can disable a particular service in only one of the hardware profiles. You will then have a menu at startup and will be able to boot to the original which you have copied. That is insurance. You only disable services in one of the hardware profiles. So the original is untouched.

Here are the directions on how to do that:
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I know i am having the same problem. I posted in here about a week ago and got some answers but it still isn't as fast as before i had to wipe the drive. Still things load way faster on startup when my adsl modem is unplugged from my computer.(ethernet cable) Its like as long as the computer and modem are talking to each other nothing else can happen untill they are done. :confused:
Mosiac...I don't get that thing you gave me. I don't understand it at all. Which link do I start with? And do I have to make Hardware Profiles...too confusing. Any other simplier way?
You do not have to make hardware profiles. They are a way of creating a backup so that if you disable a Service and render the computer unbootable, you will have another profile, the original available. By booting into the original, you'll be back in business.

Services are important in WinXP. They run in the background using Memory. Many are needed. Many are not. You can choose not to automatically load so many of the services.

The page I linked you to is a site with XP Service information. In XP and 2000, services are going to be the area to look at to increase preformance. Do not use MSCONFIG to adjust services. Use Services.msc
Ummm...I still don't get it at all. WHich services do I delete then?
Get a copy of the StartupList application from the site below, if you don't already have it.

Once you have it unzipped, right click on the exe and select >send to desktop as a shortcut.

Once you have the shortcut on your desktop, right click on that and select "properties"

add a space and the following bold characters to the end of the Target line:


Resave the shortcut and run it. Then upload the text file as an attachment here.

Here's an example of what mine looks like; you might want to compare the system services in terms of what is manual, disabled, or automatic.

Also, when you do a ctrl-alt-del to open the Task Manager, do you see any processes other than System Idle Process, using more than 5% cpu time.


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First of's not a .zip file. It's a .txt file.
Here ya go.


Well, I don't see that much difference between yours and mine; generally we have the same services disabled.

>> However you might want to go to the Administrative Tools applet, open the Services profile, and right click on this service and disable it.

Automatic Updates: %SystemRoot%\system32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs (autostart)

Personally I don't like the idea of updates being checked for or installed automatically. I don't think it's a source of slow down problems for you, unless they are intermittant.

>> while you're in Administrative Tools, open the Event Viewer and look at System Events. Do you see a lot of red error entries there?

Am I correct in thinking you have installed NAV 2003 since your last problem with NAV? I see it as a process but not as a startup, so you must have it and just about everything else unchecked in msconfig > startups.

>> And when you open the Task Manager (ctrl-alt-del) > Processes, do you see any processes, like Explorer.exe consuming more than a few % cpu time when at idle?

>Click the Performance tab also, what do you see for cpu usage and Page File usage? How much Total Memory and how much "Available"?

>Click Networking. What percent Network utilization for your connection type?
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I have included a screen shot of my processes just to let you check that out. I also disabled the automatic updates thingy and you are indeed correct about me having NAV2003. I also noticed that when I pulled up my proccess list,it never said 0% in the computer usage list. Like a few days ago before all this started happening,it was like always at 0-2%. Now it's like staying at the 5-20%'s...weird. And the PF Use is 132 MB.


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Well from what you've posted they are ideal, all zero's except for System Idle; when you look at the Performance tab, you will see cpu usage rise a little as that requires some extra processing.

What do you see under Memory on the Peformance tab?

I'm really not seeing anything to account for slow booting or any performance issues.

Did they start after installing NAV 2003?

I don't see the other files associated with NAV, have you disabled them under msconfig?
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Total: 261424
Available: 136008
System Cache: 165844

ANd it started when I tried to re-install windows. I reinstalled Windows XP (or I thought I did) by using the CD. I restarted,and when I got back on,my hard drive stuff was all there and everything was normal,except for my slow computer. :(
What do you have disabled under startups? If you've disabled some NAV entries, they may be needed; see the link I posted above.
Well,I enabled all the NAV entries ones...all 3 were disabled...but it didn't change anything. And a long time ago,my computer was just doing fine...and nothing was enabled...
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