Windows update drastically slows down my computer

By Cap'n Billy ·
After an automatic Windows Update on 03/12 my XP Home SP2 system slowed to a crawl, and now it's almost impossible to get anything done. When this first happened I used System Restore to take it back to before the update and it ran normally. Unfortunately I neglected to turn off the automatic update feature, so it soon did it again when I wasn't looking. After that happened I got the bright idea of removing the updates via the Add/Remove programs feature instead of System Restore. Big Mistake. It didn't solve the problem, and now when I attempt to run System Restore it is unsuccessful. I've tried numerous times, including after I have run Windows Update and installed all the latest updates again, and it still fails. So now I'm stuck with a snail for a computer. Any ideas on how I can correct this problem? Thanks.

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Try this it may help

by Jacky Howe In reply to Windows update drasticall ...

Restart your computer and press [F8] during the initial startup.
When you see the Windows Advanced Options Menu, select the Safe Mode with a Command Prompt option.
Select the Windows XP operating system.
Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.
Type the following command at a command prompt:
Follow the onscreen instructions to restore your computer to an earlier state.

How and Where System Restore Points are saved:

Restore points are saved in under x:\system volume information\_restore{558C94FD-3C7F-4954-A02D-
26679E6D849E}. Each restore point's files are saved in a folder named RPXX where XX is a two digit number
corresponding to the restore point.

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Why Command line

by L-Mo In reply to Try this it may help

Why command line? Is there a difference? Will this produce a different result than running the GUI?

Wil there be additional restore points or something?

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by ThumbsUp2 In reply to Why Command line

.... a screwed up system runs a screwed up GUI.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Because.....

explain it any better myself thanks Thumbs. :)

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Results of attempt

by Cap'n Billy In reply to Try this it may help

Thanks for the suggestion. I performed that procedure but got the same result. It also occurred to me to try to undo the restoration I did on 3/12, which I did but was also unsuccessful. I'm currently in the process of backing up my files, and if I'm not able to correct this I'll do a repair install, and if that's not successful I guess I may be looking at a full reinstall. I can't live with the current situation. Meanwhile if you or anyone else has any additional suggestions I'd be glad to hear them in hopes of avoiding the final solution. Thanks for your help.

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by Jacky Howe In reply to Results of attempt

hope the inplace repair does the trick for you. You could try sfc /scannow first, if you have the time.

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I'm not familiar with

by Cap'n Billy In reply to Let's

that command. Is that something I would type in the "Run" box? Or is that another Safe Mode command?

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by Jacky Howe In reply to I'm not familiar with

the run box and have your XP CD handy. Or depending on your system point it to the I386 folder.

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He was obviously presuming, that you know how to do it

by ComputerCookie In reply to I'm not familiar with

as you've been around for a while!

You can read the whole KB here;
How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP,

you need to use the following method;

Method 2: Repair install of Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD
To reinstall Windows XP by starting your computer from the Windows XP CD, follow these steps: 1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your computer's CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When the "Press any key to boot from CD" message appears on the screen, press a key to start your computer from the Windows XP CD.

Note Your computer must be configured to start from the CD drive or DVD drive. For more information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD drive or DVD drive, see your computer's documentation or contact your computer manufacturer.
3. You receive the following message on the Welcome to Setup screen that appears:
This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation by using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.
4. Press ENTER to set up Windows XP.
5. On the Windows XP Licensing Agreement screen, press F8 to agree to the license agreement.
6. Make sure that your current installation of Windows XP is selected in the box, and then press R to repair Windows XP.

Note If Windows XP was preinstalled on your computer, and you do not have the Repair option, contact your computer manufacturer to make sure that you have the installation CD for a repair install.
7. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to reinstall Windows XP. After you repair Windows XP, you may have to reactivate your copy of Windows XP.

Hope it works, Jeff

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by Jacky Howe In reply to He was obviously presumin ...

I thought he was talking about SFC.

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