i have a Xp Pro Dell laptop that takes about 30 minutes to become usable after boot. i have run all the antivirus', combofix, Avira rescue cd, rkill, tdsskill etc.. and nothing has been found. if i boot it up in Safe Mode Command Prompt it is still slow when doing a DIR.
i have used Sysinternals AutoRuns and ProcExp.
All i see in ProcExp that stands out is at the top Interupts is at about 49%. Even a couple of hours later the mouse is slow to drag around the desktop.
i have backed it up and am about to re format unless anyone has any ideas.
i may not know enough about the Sysinternal utilities to tell what the issue is unless by some small chance it is hardware.
if i cannot figure it out in the next little bit i may as well re format reload and get on with life!. My frustration has suddenly boiled over.