When I reboot my Inspiron 1520 Windows XP computer with 4G of ram the icons take about two minutes to load. The background appears immediately. I have run an antivirus, malware and it is not infected or has spyware. i dont know much about computers, only enough to navigate certain commands when a tech is guiding me. I did take some programs from the startup and downloaded a PC Registry Cleaner that has very good reviews. It still does it.
I am not able to restore it to an earlier date. It will not accept any date . It always says it cannot be restored to an earlier date. Very sporadically will also turn the screen black for less than a second and come back like nothing happens. Once the icons load I am able to work on it ok , but I know this is not a normal thing in my laptop. The laptop is about 6 years old. I take care of it like it was a precious gem so I do not understand why this is happening. I haven't installed or downloaded anything new when this started to happen.
I also did a scandisk that repairs the faulty sectors and I have defragmented the drive. I have done all this before I came here to the forum.
I would appreciate any help. I have a program installed in my computer that will only work on Windows XP so I am desperately trying to save this computer. I cannot buy a new one for a long time so if you have any ideas I would love to hear them.
I disabled in batches (meaning in groups of 3 programs) and nothing changed. I have been at it since today at 9 am. I dont understand why is doing this since nothing new was added and it is protected from viruses. I even disabled Norton antivirus because I read it could also cause a problem even though Ive had it for the years I have had this computer and it never has given me a problem. It still the same. I also did a Microsoft fix it and a Bootvis. I dont know what else to do.
Chances are very good that you have ".NET Framework 4.0" installed. There aren't that many titles for XP that use it (TurboTax is the only one I'm personally aware of) and it is known to bring XP's boot process to its knees. Look through "Add/Remove Software" (make sure "show Windows Updates" is checked) and try uninstalling all ".NET Framwork 4.0" updates, but only 4.0, do not touch the other ones.
I received an email to rate the answers. All answers were really helpful. I really can't pick one because Iwill fell bad. The issue was not resolved, but not because of lack of trying or people helping. Thanks for all the help received. To all who replied