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November 4, 2004 1:17:31 PM

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This started recently and have not added any new programs or hardware. Have
done the following!
1. Have full time anti-virus and ran a deep check.
2. Ran WindowWasher, cleans all IE6 temp and history files.
3. Ran, Spybot SearchandDestroy, Spywareblaster, CWShreeder and AdAware SE.
4. Used WinTask Pro to see if a new start up program has been added.

Nothing has shown to be a problem. My computer has gone from a 30 sec
restart to a 2 min restart and then once loaded everything runs slow.

Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
November 4, 2004 2:33:02 PM

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Forgot to mention, am using XP with SP1 and all updates.
Have P4 1.6g, 512mb.

"Dan" <notme@cox.net> wrote in message
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> This started recently and have not added any new programs or hardware.
Have
> done the following!
> 1. Have full time anti-virus and ran a deep check.
> 2. Ran WindowWasher, cleans all IE6 temp and history files.
> 3. Ran, Spybot SearchandDestroy, Spywareblaster, CWShreeder and AdAware
SE.
> 4. Used WinTask Pro to see if a new start up program has been added.
>
> Nothing has shown to be a problem. My computer has gone from a 30 sec
> restart to a 2 min restart and then once loaded everything runs slow.
>
> Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
>
>
Anonymous
November 4, 2004 3:36:06 PM

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If your system is clear of viruses, open Control Panel, open System, go to
the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery, remove the
check from "Automatically Restart" under System Failure. This will cause
the system to blue screen instead of restarting on errors and the
information on the blue screen may give a clue as to the source of the
issue.

Open Control Panel, open Administrative Tools, open Event Viewer, look for
errors corresponding to the crash, double click the error, the information
contained within may give a clue as to the
source of the problem. If you don't understand the information inside, the
third button down in that dialog box will copy the information,
you can then paste it into a message and post it here and maybe we can
figure out what is going on.

Assuming you have an XP CD and not a recovery CD, place the XP CD in the
drive, when the setup screen appears, select "Check System Compatibility,"
the report it generates may point to problem hardware or software on your
system. If you do not have an XP CD, you can download this application
known as the Upgrade Advisor from the following site:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/howtobuy/upgradi...
Note: If you have access to a broadband connection it might be best to
download using that as this is a rather large download.

Check for the latest drivers for your hardware, especially your graphics
card and soundcard and all peripherals connected to your system. Do not use
Windows Update for this, go to the device manufacturer's web sites and if
you install updated drivers, ignore the message about drivers being unsigned
by Microsoft. *Before installing any drivers, be sure you are well backed
up and it's probably a good idea to manually create a restore point in
System Restore in case you have problems as a result of the driver update
and note, System Restore is not a substitute for a backup. Start\All
Programs\Accessories\System Tools\System Restore


--
Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

"Dan" <notme@cox.net> wrote in message
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> This started recently and have not added any new programs or hardware.
> Have
> done the following!
> 1. Have full time anti-virus and ran a deep check.
> 2. Ran WindowWasher, cleans all IE6 temp and history files.
> 3. Ran, Spybot SearchandDestroy, Spywareblaster, CWShreeder and AdAware
> SE.
> 4. Used WinTask Pro to see if a new start up program has been added.
>
> Nothing has shown to be a problem. My computer has gone from a 30 sec
> restart to a 2 min restart and then once loaded everything runs slow.
>
> Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
>
>
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Anonymous
November 4, 2004 5:39:35 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Hello Dan,

Run all your scans through safe mode. In safe mode all those programs wont
be able to load, and then your scanners will be able to delete them
properly.

A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315222&Product=winxp


--
-----------------------------------------
Michael Ortega

"Dan" <notme@cox.net> wrote in message
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> This started recently and have not added any new programs or hardware.
> Have
> done the following!
> 1. Have full time anti-virus and ran a deep check.
> 2. Ran WindowWasher, cleans all IE6 temp and history files.
> 3. Ran, Spybot SearchandDestroy, Spywareblaster, CWShreeder and AdAware
> SE.
> 4. Used WinTask Pro to see if a new start up program has been added.
>
> Nothing has shown to be a problem. My computer has gone from a 30 sec
> restart to a 2 min restart and then once loaded everything runs slow.
>
> Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
>
>
November 4, 2004 5:51:27 PM

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Downloaded and ran a trial copy of registryrescue, it states I have 348
invalid registry entries.
1. Can this slow my system down
2. Is it safe to let a program like this fix all the registry entries?
"Michael Ortega" <randomjunkmail@astyrrian.com> wrote in message
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> Hello Dan,
>
> Run all your scans through safe mode. In safe mode all those programs
wont
> be able to load, and then your scanners will be able to delete them
> properly.
>
> A description of the Safe Mode Boot options in Windows XP
>
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315222&Product=winxp
>
>
> --
> -----------------------------------------
> Michael Ortega
>
> "Dan" <notme@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:%23uu2IqpwEHA.2044@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> > This started recently and have not added any new programs or hardware.
> > Have
> > done the following!
> > 1. Have full time anti-virus and ran a deep check.
> > 2. Ran WindowWasher, cleans all IE6 temp and history files.
> > 3. Ran, Spybot SearchandDestroy, Spywareblaster, CWShreeder and AdAware
> > SE.
> > 4. Used WinTask Pro to see if a new start up program has been added.
> >
> > Nothing has shown to be a problem. My computer has gone from a 30 sec
> > restart to a 2 min restart and then once loaded everything runs slow.
> >
> > Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
> >
> >
>
>
November 4, 2004 6:07:34 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Downloaded and ran a trial copy of registryrescue, it states I have 348
invalid registry entries.
1. Can this slow my system down
2. Is it safe to let a program like this fix all the registry entries?

"Dan" <notme@cox.net> wrote in message
news:%23uu2IqpwEHA.2044@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
> This started recently and have not added any new programs or hardware.
Have
> done the following!
> 1. Have full time anti-virus and ran a deep check.
> 2. Ran WindowWasher, cleans all IE6 temp and history files.
> 3. Ran, Spybot SearchandDestroy, Spywareblaster, CWShreeder and AdAware
SE.
> 4. Used WinTask Pro to see if a new start up program has been added.
>
> Nothing has shown to be a problem. My computer has gone from a 30 sec
> restart to a 2 min restart and then once loaded everything runs slow.
>
> Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
>
>
Anonymous
November 4, 2004 6:21:41 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

Through the course of work on a computer, installing and removing
applications, etc. it is not unusual to end up with invalid entries in the
registry. Unlike Windows 9x, I personally have seen no need to use registry
cleaners nor any evidence of major slowdowns caused by such entries from
normal use. If you've had viruses or malware of some type that you've had
to clear from your system, it's possible they may have left entries that
might be causing some problems but under normal use, I've rarely seen
slowdowns caused by the registry. Your mileage may vary, some of it depends
upon your usage, what you have installed, how recent are these applications
as in are they XP apps or 9x apps or older apps which might gum up the
registry.

Is it safe to let a program like this fix all registry entries? It's not
SAFE to let any such program make changes in the registry and it's not safe
to be rooting around in the registry at all, period. Any time you do so,
you should be well backed up and be prepared for a situation where your
system becomes unbootable, in other words, some sort of means for a quick
restore such as an image of your current setup to which you can quickly
return.

--
Michael Solomon MS-MVP
Windows Shell/User
Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
DTS-L.Org: http://www.dts-l.org/

"Dan" <notme@cox.net> wrote in message
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> Downloaded and ran a trial copy of registryrescue, it states I have 348
> invalid registry entries.
> 1. Can this slow my system down
> 2. Is it safe to let a program like this fix all the registry entries?
>
> "Dan" <notme@cox.net> wrote in message
> news:%23uu2IqpwEHA.2044@TK2MSFTNGP10.phx.gbl...
>> This started recently and have not added any new programs or hardware.
> Have
>> done the following!
>> 1. Have full time anti-virus and ran a deep check.
>> 2. Ran WindowWasher, cleans all IE6 temp and history files.
>> 3. Ran, Spybot SearchandDestroy, Spywareblaster, CWShreeder and AdAware
> SE.
>> 4. Used WinTask Pro to see if a new start up program has been added.
>>
>> Nothing has shown to be a problem. My computer has gone from a 30 sec
>> restart to a 2 min restart and then once loaded everything runs slow.
>>
>> Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
>>
>>
>
>
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