Windows XP taking forever to load

By jb7643 ·

My laptop is taking forever to load up (well 15 minutes plus). I've tried a number of scans including SpyBot S&D, MalwareBytes etc. The latter quarantined Malware.Packer.TGen1 and I subsequently deleted the file it was found in.

I also ran Combofix (which I understand I shouldn't have without someone who knows what they are doing). It didn't kill my laptop but the problem is not resolved. I've tried Seatools for Windows and both partitions passed the Long Fix All tests, so I don't think it's the HDD.

Currently running MS Windows Malicious Software Tool...

Feel like I'm not being very methodical and would really appreciate some help please. I'm running Windows XP.

Thanks in advance.

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Have you defraged the HDD yet?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Windows XP taking forever ...

That in itself is necessary as when Windows writes to the HDD it places whatever it is writing to the first empty space on the HDD, which will not hold all of the file so it then moves onto the next empty space and writes more of the file till it has written it all. That means the file can be broken and spread over the entire HDD in the worst case scenario.

However depending on how long you have had Windows Installed you may very well need to reload the system as Windows doesn't perform well after it has been installed for a few years and gets progressively slower the longer it's been installed and altered by being used.

To maintain the best performance I try to reload my system under every 18 months from a Complete Image that I made when I first loaded it and it's performing well still. But it's also a lot of Unnecessary Work according to some.


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