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Hi, I am using Windows XP Professional. A few weeks ago my Windows Explorer started moving very slowly. Most times it takes 10-20 seconds every time I try to navigate to a new folder in Windows Explorer. There are times (maybe 10% of the time) when it reverts to normal and there is no sluggishness, but I have not been able to figure out a pattern. I do not think I installed anything new when the slowness started.

Anyone know what's going on and how to fix it? I am happy to provide any more necessary info.

Thanks very much!
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Please download process explorer from my signature, take a screenshot, and paste it in your next post.
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Screenshot attached, thanks!

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Seems like Firefox is the only culprit here. Your System Idle process is at 72%, which is your system resources not being used, is not really unusual. Can you please click the graphs in the top right corner, bring that up, and post a screenshot of that as well.
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When I am navigating w/ Windows Explorer, Windows Explorer does go as high as 50+ in the CPU column. Chart attached.

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I would recommend increasing your pagefile. It should be 1 and a half times the amount of physical RAM in your machine.

Judging by your processes, I/O data and PF usage, I would recommend you first click the link for PC Maitenence in my signature to do a little housecleaning to start things off.

Please follow up once you have completed that.
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Ok I increased the paging file and did the maintenance as suggested. Please let me know what to do next. Thanks!
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