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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by badgolferman, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. badgolferman

    badgolferman Flightless Bird

    My work laptop is becoming almost unbearable lately. After logon the
    wallpaper appears immediately but the Taskbar and Desktop icons take
    fully three minutes before they even appear! Add another two or more
    minutes for the disk activity to slow down and it can take me at least
    five minutes after logon to be able to open any application.

    During this time the disk activity LED is essentially solid on, so
    something is happening in the background. After everything stops the
    laptop acts normally and is not slow during use. There is one
    application, FreeCommander, that once launched takes minutes before it
    appears. The Task Manager shows the process running and subsequent
    relaunches just show more of the same process. None of these symptoms
    appeared until recently and I cannot pinpoint any significant change
    that may have occurred. I have tried reinstalling FreeCommander but
    the problem stays. Reinstalling Adobe Acrobat did cure its identical
    symptom to FreeCommander.

    Tech support suggests replacing the NTUSER.DAT file with the generic
    one that comes with a clean installation. Any thoughts on that
    approach or do you have a different suggestion?
     
  2. R. McCarty

    R. McCarty Flightless Bird

    The suggestion is not only extremely dumb, but would make your situation
    worse.

    Slow boot is generally due to either service time outs or malware
    infections.
    You should review the System Event log and scan for recent errors and
    warnings. For Malware detection/removal I'd recommend Malwarebytes.
    http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

    Another app that could provide useful information is AutoRuns. Using this
    you can review everything that occurs during a Windows boot.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

    "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:xn0gp3fgr7agrd002@reader.albasani.net...
    > My work laptop is becoming almost unbearable lately. After logon the
    > wallpaper appears immediately but the Taskbar and Desktop icons take
    > fully three minutes before they even appear! Add another two or more
    > minutes for the disk activity to slow down and it can take me at least
    > five minutes after logon to be able to open any application.
    >
    > During this time the disk activity LED is essentially solid on, so
    > something is happening in the background. After everything stops the
    > laptop acts normally and is not slow during use. There is one
    > application, FreeCommander, that once launched takes minutes before it
    > appears. The Task Manager shows the process running and subsequent
    > relaunches just show more of the same process. None of these symptoms
    > appeared until recently and I cannot pinpoint any significant change
    > that may have occurred. I have tried reinstalling FreeCommander but
    > the problem stays. Reinstalling Adobe Acrobat did cure its identical
    > symptom to FreeCommander.
    >
    > Tech support suggests replacing the NTUSER.DAT file with the generic
    > one that comes with a clean installation. Any thoughts on that
    > approach or do you have a different suggestion?
     
  3. db

    db Flightless Bird

    I would double check your
    system performance in safe
    mode.

    if windows functions perfectly
    in safe mode,

    then the problem you have is
    likely attributed to third party
    software.

    in which case you can execute
    a clean boot while in safe mode
    then re evaluate windows
    performance in normal mode.

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    >


    "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:xn0gp3fgr7agrd002@reader.albasani.net...
    > My work laptop is becoming almost unbearable lately. After logon the
    > wallpaper appears immediately but the Taskbar and Desktop icons take
    > fully three minutes before they even appear! Add another two or more
    > minutes for the disk activity to slow down and it can take me at least
    > five minutes after logon to be able to open any application.
    >
    > During this time the disk activity LED is essentially solid on, so
    > something is happening in the background. After everything stops the
    > laptop acts normally and is not slow during use. There is one
    > application, FreeCommander, that once launched takes minutes before it
    > appears. The Task Manager shows the process running and subsequent
    > relaunches just show more of the same process. None of these symptoms
    > appeared until recently and I cannot pinpoint any significant change
    > that may have occurred. I have tried reinstalling FreeCommander but
    > the problem stays. Reinstalling Adobe Acrobat did cure its identical
    > symptom to FreeCommander.
    >
    > Tech support suggests replacing the NTUSER.DAT file with the generic
    > one that comes with a clean installation. Any thoughts on that
    > approach or do you have a different suggestion?
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Help! My computer is slow!
    http://miekiemoes.blogspot.com/2008/02/help-my-computer-is-slow.html


    badgolferman wrote:
    > My work laptop is becoming almost unbearable lately. After logon the
    > wallpaper appears immediately but the Taskbar and Desktop icons take
    > fully three minutes before they even appear! Add another two or more
    > minutes for the disk activity to slow down and it can take me at least
    > five minutes after logon to be able to open any application.
    >
    > During this time the disk activity LED is essentially solid on, so
    > something is happening in the background. After everything stops the
    > laptop acts normally and is not slow during use. There is one
    > application, FreeCommander, that once launched takes minutes before it
    > appears. The Task Manager shows the process running and subsequent
    > relaunches just show more of the same process. None of these symptoms
    > appeared until recently and I cannot pinpoint any significant change
    > that may have occurred. I have tried reinstalling FreeCommander but
    > the problem stays. Reinstalling Adobe Acrobat did cure its identical
    > symptom to FreeCommander.
    >
    > Tech support suggests replacing the NTUSER.DAT file with the generic
    > one that comes with a clean installation. Any thoughts on that
    > approach or do you have a different suggestion?
     
  5. badgolferman

    badgolferman Flightless Bird

    I looked at the System log and it appears there is a failed Microsoft
    2007 Visio Viewer update installation that keeps trying to run. I have
    the full version installed and do not have the viewer anymore. I tried
    installing the viewer now but it complains that there is an update
    scheduled to run that must complete first. Catch-22 situation here. I
    have tried installing the 2003 Visio viewer instead but that is not
    helping.

    Is there a way I can remove the registry entry that wants to install
    the 2007 Visio Viewer update?



    R. McCarty wrote:

    >
    >The suggestion is not only extremely dumb, but would make your
    >situation worse.
    >
    >Slow boot is generally due to either service time outs or malware
    >infections. You should review the System Event log and scan for
    >recent errors and warnings. For Malware detection/removal I'd
    >recommend Malwarebytes. http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
    >
    >Another app that could provide useful information is AutoRuns. Using
    >this you can review everything that occurs during a Windows boot.
    >http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    >
    >"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
    >news:xn0gp3fgr7agrd002@reader.albasani.net...
    >>My work laptop is becoming almost unbearable lately. After logon
    >>the wallpaper appears immediately but the Taskbar and Desktop icons
    >>take fully three minutes before they even appear! Add another two
    >>or more minutes for the disk activity to slow down and it can take
    >>me at least five minutes after logon to be able to open any
    >>application.
    >>
    >>During this time the disk activity LED is essentially solid on, so
    >>something is happening in the background. After everything stops
    >>the laptop acts normally and is not slow during use. There is one
    >>application, FreeCommander, that once launched takes minutes before
    >>it appears. The Task Manager shows the process running and
    >>subsequent relaunches just show more of the same process. None of
    >>these symptoms appeared until recently and I cannot pinpoint any
    >>significant change that may have occurred. I have tried
    >>reinstalling FreeCommander but the problem stays. Reinstalling
    >>Adobe Acrobat did cure its identical symptom to FreeCommander.
    >>
    >>Tech support suggests replacing the NTUSER.DAT file with the generic
    >>one that comes with a clean installation. Any thoughts on that
    >>approach or do you have a different suggestion?




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