I tried searching for a similar topic, but was unable to find one. Booting takes around 5-10 minutes, before I am able to use the computer. Upon further inspection the CPU is going at 100% at 88all time even when sitting idle on the desktop. I have a 754 athlon 64 3200+(old I know), 2gb corsair ram, Maxtor 100gb 7200rpm, Antec NeoHE 550, 8800 GTS 320mb gpu and a MSI RS480m micro atx mobo. I am running XP home addition, hope that is enough info.
Is it a new XP install? Sometimes svchost.exe takes all the cpu power when it tries to update a new install. i know this can also be a virus, but it doesn't have to be. Which program is using all the cpu in Task Manager?