Started defragging last night. Got to 52% this afternoon and just froze. Hard reset the system, XP now takes a good 5 minutes to load. Computer is so slow that even the cursor lags all over the screen. Not acceptable.
Windows has only be installed for the past two weeks. The HDD was not severely fragmented.
What the hell is going on? Are there any ways to fix this?
Seriously though, need more information. Open your taskmanager and see what your CPU / Page File usage is. (Sort by CPU Usage in the process tab) Is anything insanely high in usage? What is the CPU usage at the bottom of the task manager?
It will tell you absolutely every process that is running, even hardware interrupts and DPC's, which could be the cause of your slowness. Go ahead and check it out and see if it reports anything different about CPU / RAM usage.