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windows xp sp2 very slow

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Hello , i am posting this question with regards to my dads computer , it is running windows xp sp2. it crashed last week after i tried to install a windows update which was service pack 3, however it wouldnt start up again and i got a corrupt message on screen . i managed to used system restore after system recovery had failed which brought it back to the point before i installed windows update sp3. However it is very very slow up to the point where its just continually showing the hourglass symbol all the time , its got avast anti-virus on it , but i was wondering where the best place to start to get it back is , thank you , rangerman.
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Is it eventually getting to the desktop with the icons? If so please do the following.
Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:

1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.

Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...

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