Windows XP Issue
Very Very Frustrating... My programs, almost all of them, are loading/opening very very slowly (about 30-60 secs, or more, to open). It is happening with firefox, games, outlook, word, shortcuts to folders that are on my desktop, sometimes even "my computer"...)
This has not been a gradual problem, all the sudden a couple weeks ago, this started happening... I cannot think of any significant hardware/software changes that might have triggered it.
Once the propgrams are open, they run as normal, no speed decreases while open. Just slow to open. All my programs/games (battlefield 2, AoE 3 etc...) all run fine once open.
Pentium 4 CPU 3.0 ghz
1 gig Ram
80 and a 120 hard drives PATA at 7200rpm
Norton internet security (i know its a system hog but i have disabled all unnessesary services)
Measures i have taken:
Virus Scan - Nothing
Spybot/Adaware - Nothing Major
Norton Windoctor - Nothing
Diskcheck - Nothing
Defrag - Is done once every two weeks
TaskManager Rehaul - All unnessesary background programs terminated
All unnessesary Windows services disabled
Disabled all unessesary start-up programs
Windows "performance options" - all set to best performance
In the Task manager, it shows 0-1% CPU usage idle, and it does not increase when attempting to open a program, untill the program opens (30-60 seconds later), then it increases as it should when opening the program normally.
No background processes are running taking up a bunch of resources.
Umm... what else have i done... hehe... cant remember
Whenever i have problems, i have always been able to solve them, this one is just plain weird.
Any help/comments are appreciated