selecting "reply" to an Outlook 2000 e-mail very slow

We have a single XP Pro SP3 Workstation connected to the internet via broadband. We use a POP3 connection for mail. We are using Outlook 2000, and when we select reply to a mail message, it takes 30 to 40 seconds to bring up the reply window.
We have tried to compact the mailbox, which is around 376Mb in size, we have detected and repaired, but this has not helped.
This was working OK prior to a holiday, and we now have XP SP3 and IE8 installed. Not sure whether this is relevant, but they are changes that have recently happened. (Automatic updates enabled).
Anyone got any suggestions.
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solomonacquahCommented:
Are you using MS Word as your email editor? If so try disabling it.
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
No, just the standard Outklook HTML product.
Any other ideas?
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solomonacquahCommented:
trying running outlook in safe mode. Or did I mention that already.

start>>run>>outlook.exe /safe
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
OK, I will try that, but if it does improve the speed, what will that tell us?
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
Ok, we have tried it in safe mode, and it works perfectly. What does this tell us and what do we need to do?
Please advise.
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solomonacquahCommented:
Safe mode disables all outlook 3rd party addins so are you running and special templates, addins, etc.
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
Not that I am aware of. It was working OK prior to holidays and then on returning it ran slow. Is there any way of checking what is running and turning them off till we find the culprit?
Please advise.
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