XP Home suddenly slow

By Dirk ·
Since two weeks my system (Dell Dimension, PentiumD, 1Gb) running XP Home takes 5 or more seconds to react to a right click on a destop icon or left click on "File".
I do not remember installimg anything new on the machine.
What could couse this?

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Could be almost anything

by IC-IT In reply to XP Home suddenly slow

Next time that it happens, open the Task Manager and sort by CPU cycles. It may be the Anti-Virus doing a check or svchost grapping all the processing.

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start off by doing a defrag

by Slayer_ In reply to XP Home suddenly slow

With sudden sloth, a defrag is a good place to start, also do some malware scans. uninstall Recent windows updates if you need too.

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slow system

by butkus In reply to XP Home suddenly slow

Check system resources, see what's using resources.
Spybot, then malwarebytes

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For systems that get progressively slower

by OH Smeg In reply to XP Home suddenly slow

You need to Defrag, Defrag, Defrag and then Defrag yet again. As the OS messes up the HDD the system will slow down and one instance of running Defrag will not be sufficient to cure the mess that is on the HDD.

However if it gets suddenly slow and remains that way you need to open the Device Manager and see what is happening . Any software can hog the CPU Clock Cycles slowing down the system dramatically things like AV Applications or Indexing Services are 2 of the more common things that can cause a system to slow down. So press the CTRL, ALT and Delete Keys together to bring up the Task Manager and Click on the Performance Tab. Look at the CPU & Swap File usage which are displayed as a Graph. If one or either is high consistently left click on the Processes Tab and then on the CPU Heading 3 times to bring what is using the CPU to the top. A application like Process Quick Link Viewer 2 will allow you to see what is actually using what

This will rule out normal system processes as a possible problem though if you have Picked up an Infection it will probably not be so easy to find out and you'll need to restart your System in Safe Mode by pressing the F8 Key after the POST Screen goes out but before the Windows Splash Screen with the moving blue bar appears. When you get the White on Black Screen using the arrow keys highlight Safe Mode and press Enter to start in Safe Mode then run your AV Scanner and scan the system.

You may be required to install additional Software to scan for Malware which are not Viruses depending on what you are using as an AV Product so start off with the Must Have Malware Scanners Spy Bot S&amp

and Malware Bytes

and after these are installed and updated you can scan the system with them in Safe Mode. Though as the time appears about right it could just be a Indexing Service that as installed with the last lot of M$ Updates and the system needs time to fully index the HDD before it starts to run as fast again.


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Thanks for the suggestions

by Dirk In reply to XP Home suddenly slow

I run a pretty safe environment, a-virus, malware also defrag.
Maybe I was not too clear.
What changed about 2 weeks ago is that when I am in an IE6 window and leftclick on say "Edit" or "View" I get instant response with the pulldown menu appearing. This used to be true also for "File" but now the system seems to be "thinking" about 5-8 seconds before showing the pulldown.
This slow response is also true when you rightclick an icon on the desktop.
So most of the time my system is really fasr except in those situations.Nothing dramatic but just irritating.
I am intellectually curious about this.

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by brian In reply to Thanks for the suggestion ...

have you ran a ram test? if not, you may want to google MemTest 86+ and download it. the file will create a boot disk which you can boot the computer with, it will test the ram and if it is bad, you will see a lot of red lines appear on the screen (it will tell you the errors....ect). you can also download The Ultimate Boot CD, it is on there under one of the menu's. this is a bootable cd with a lot of diagnostic tools on it, some of which are outdated though.

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