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I have a computer that is running soooo slow it is painful.  We are talking 4 - 5 minutes for an application to open (any app). When I have had to use task manager to quit a program - task manager actually uses 99% of the CPU - is this normal?
SPECS:  Pentium III, 128 ram, 550 mhz, running W2kPro, 8GB hardrive, partioned into 2, 3GB left on one partition, 900mb left on the system partition.
What I have tried....shutting down and restarting, Norton system works-fix window problems & optimize disk speed, cleaned everything of dust, downloaded a ram tester to ensure it was working fine, removed apps from my system tray and that is about the extent of my knowledge.  Is there anyone out there that can save me from having to reinstall windows??????????:(
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by:dew_associates
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Kimmy, try booting the system into safemode and see if it boots faster. If it does, it may be that there are too many apps in the startup folder.

Have you defragged the hard rive? <system tools>

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by:Hewin
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Kimmy, try to do the following >
go to the task manager, processes tab,
From View menu, select columns, Base Priority.
in the processes tab click on CPU field header to sort the processes by the CPU usage, check what's using the CPU more, ofcourse after the "System Idle Process" ;)
you will surely find a process that's using more than 90% or near, if this process base priority is more than Normal, reduce this priority by right clicking on that process> Set Priority> try "BelowNormal" or "Low"
if this is not feasable you can "End Process Tree" rather than Ending the process only to close all the companion threads and processes.

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by:dew_associates
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Hewin, how about posting a comment like everyone else, rather than locking the question!
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No process is taking up CPU time other than task manager
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Both partitions have been defragmented.
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by:dew_associates
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Kimmy, while viewing the process viewer and CPU usage, open an app and check to see if the usage changes. Open something that is CPU and disk intensive.
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by:dew_associates
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BTW, is this machine on a network of any kind?
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by:mikecr
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Also, open My Computer and check your disk space by right clicking on the C: drive and choosing properties and see how much is left. Do you have a virus scanner running? Do you remember what the last program was that you installed on your computer before it started acting this way?
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by:Computer101
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Kimmy posted in CS to delete this question.  Stated a reinstall was done.  If no objections, I will paq

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Okay with me "C"
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No objection.
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