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Slow Startup, Random Crashes, pulling my hair out!

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The Skeptic

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You mentioned that cpu usage flactuates and reaches 100%. Was the computer running any scan at that time (antivirus, anti spyware)? Please keep the task manager open and look in "processes" which process(es) use lots of cpu resources.

Another thing: After the computer runs for a while, when it slows down, enter BIOS and in "Hardware Monitor" (or "pc health" or something of this nature) look for cpu temperature. It might be that the cpu is overheating, which may cause it to "throtle back" (if the BIOS supports such an option) or to switch off to protect itself.
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Retired Tech

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Apparently XP does not have the handback memory option for programmes which are closed

Installing more memory, if it is an option, will help
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