This is one of those questions that I don't think anyone has an answer to. The programs on my xp machine are very slow to load ie outlook takes 3 minutes. The loading time keep getting longer and longer over time. I did all the standard stuff, defragged, ran three spyware programs, three registry cleanup programs, ran windows update, limited the number of startup programs, ran disk cleanup and etc. I have 2 gig or ram and half of my 200g hard drive is empty. It just keeps slowing down over the months. Sadly, I think that this is just standard windows behaviour that we have come to accept and live with. Is there any real fix that anyone is aware of that actually works to retstore performance besides reformatting? Thank you.