Here are some routine maintenance practices that you should do on a regular basis to keep your machine running efficiently: could we also try this for now.
Disk Cleanup: http://www.theelderg...nup_utility.htm
Defrag your HD: http://artsweb.bham....rag-win2kxp.htm
To use Chkdsk, click Start and My Computer. Right-click the hard drive you want to check, and click Properties. Select the Tools tab and click Check Now. Check both boxes. Click Start. You'll get a message that the computer must be rebooted to run a complete check. Click Yes and reboot. Chkdsk will take awhile, so run it when you don't need to use the computer for something else.
Remove unnecessary startups
This should be done through the System Configuration Utility. Go to Start > Run and type in msconfig.
Click OK or hit the Enter key.
Click on the "Startup" tab and remove the check by the items that you have determined are unnecessary. Click "Apply" then "Close"
You will be prompted to restart. Go ahead and restart.
Upon restart you will be confronted with a dialogue box warning about running in selective startup. Just ignore that message and put a check in the box by "Don't show me this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" and click "OK". You will not be bothered by the message again.
Keep in mind that some entries will be re-enabled in the startups each time you use that particular program. Therefore, you will have to find the option in that programs preferences that says something like "Load with Windows" or "Run when Windows Starts" and disable that option.
Go here for info on msconfig: http://www.pacs-port...artup_index.htm
You can look up the startups at the following links to help determine what is needed and what is not: http://computercops....tartupList.html http://www.bleepingc...r.com/startups/ http://www.answersth...es/tasklist.htm http://www.windowsst...p...t=50&end=75