So i recently had to reinstall windows XP. I have all the updates and service packs, but now every time i boot up the computer or bring it out of standby, the windows interface will not allow any new programs or windows to be launched for around 5 minutes, at which point all of the programs i've attempted to launch will all launch at once. This includes task manager, windows explorer and the start menu.
This seems to have something to do with my internet connection, because it will work alright until i connect, and as soon as i do it will happen and will freeze up. A few days ago i managed to disconnect and it broke the freeze and everything launched, so i connected again and it seemed fine. Today however when i clicked disconnect, it took five minutes or so to actually cut off.
If i have an active firefox window this will not lock up, and i can continue to browse the internet while waiting for the freeze to end.
I haven't had much luck in finding a fix for this problem as it doesn't seem particularly common, and it's hard to do a search for a problem that seems so specific.
I have tried looking at windows event viewer on numerous occasions but there is never an entry.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as this is a very annoying problem that really tests my patience.
Windows will be slow, you appear not to have a hard drive!
Try running HDTune to see if performance problem. Try manufactureres diagnostic. If drive is slow to spin up, windows will hang. Check Event Viewer.
Hard drives DO matter. The 10 Gb will be very slow (old technology) Your OS should be on your fastest drive. I hope that is not a Fujitsu 10Gb drive, they had BIG problems with them. Use HDTune to compare the performance of your drives. If the 10Gb is having intermittant read problems it will be causing windows to hang.