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Can't figure out why computer is running slow


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dreamofthephoenix

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I've noticed that my computer has been running a bit slower than usual. Programs have been loading slower or freeze up after loading (I get the little hour glass sometimes for a few seconds, sometimes longer, occasionally I have to ctrl+alt+delete out of the program and reopen it). I've also noticed that if I have more than one window open (for instance, Firefox and Word) and I go to switch from one to the other my computer takes several moments to bring up the 2nd window and when I switch back to the 1st window it again takes several moments, like the computer has to think really hard about completing a very simple task.
My system: Windows XP Home Edition, 1.10 GHz, 128MB RAM. I checked and my computer is showing I'm only using 5.67GB out of 18.6GB. I'm not on a network. I have System Restore turned off (I've heard System Restore uses a lot of memory).
I ran defrag a week or so ago and earlier today scanned my computer for viruses (clean), spyware (clean), and adware (clean). I've used CCleaner to clean up .tmp files, cookies, etc. I followed the advice gerryf gave to another member who is also having a problem with a slow computer and installed ProcessExplorerNT. System Idle Process appears to be using most of the CPU.
Any ideas (besides buying a new computer)?
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128MB RAM

yeaguhhhh!

With Windows XP?

That's like putting on your little sisters boots---maybe you can get them on, but your feet hurt like the dickens

Windows XP needs a bare minimum of 256 mb, and the sweet spot is 512mb
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:tazz: WinXP came installed on my computer when I bought it. To be honest, though, I don't even like WinXP - I'd much rather have Win98. I was going to install Win98 on my computer but it wouldn't let me. :)
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