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XP slow all of the sudden....Start Menu lag....slow network drive access, etc..

Posted on 2010-01-04
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
Starting today..... this particular computer

Start menu....long delay
Accessing network drives and even the C: drive has a SLOW reponse time...
The icons on the desktop will revert to the "no icon", like there is no file associated with the shortcut every few mins

I ran a Hijackthis log.....nothing unusual.
Did a full virus scan....nothing...
All windows updates are in place....SP3 etc

Normally I would do an XP repair installation at this point, but im helping this user (my boss) remotely since im on "vacation"...

Any ideas would be appreciated...

(Sorry I typed this up quick)
Question by:guitar_333
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ID: 26175268
You didn't mention but I'm assuming you checked Task Manager for any application using more then it's share of memory or cpu but try adding I/O reads and writes to the task manager and see if anything is writing to the hard drive more then it should.  You can also use performance monitor to check the average disk que.  If the hard drive is constantly in use that will cause the problems you are experiencing.  
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Is there a reason why this question is in the Exchange Zone?  Can't see it myself and will ask for it to be removed from this zone ad added to others that are more useful to you if it is not relevant to Exchange.
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by:Alan Hardisty
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Have you tried a System Restore to a previous time when the problem was not happening.  This would be the quickest and dirtiest way to resolve the problem?
No user info would be at risk, just system settings etc.
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Some security programs can slow the display of the Dekstop: Icons, etc.

I by example use Peerblock at home because I like to know where my programs try to connect. Even Antivirus slowdown the system - desconect a moment for the internet and stop some apps and check if there is improvement.

Even fragment hard disk is a cause - try to defragment

Having little RAM and too much programs running can be the cause.

In resume, try to narrow the causes.

Disconnect from Internet
stop some programs: antivirus, firewall, etc.
Defragment disk drive
Check if the problem is fixed.
Then try to start your programs one by one until you see the effect again.

Posting the specs of your computer and running tasks (Hijackthis log) can help us to help you.


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ID: 26175371
Another thing,

Your system have a dedicated video card or one integrated with shared memory?
Try to lower the resolution of your screen and remove the wallpaper just to check.

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when connected to the network, had you try to ping the server,
try it as standalone computer with all the tips above

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guitar_333 earned 0 total points
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What a pain in the ass!

So it appears that the My Documents folder was "redirected" to a network location that no longer exists.

It wasn't very obvious but intermittently and extremely slowed down some windows explorer processes...

Ughh.....after two repair installs too

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PS Thanks for everyones responses anyways!

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