Before do anything else go to your control panel, then select "Administrative tools"
When that loads select "Computer Management"
then select "Disc management"
put your cursor on the boot drive (Drive C) RIGHT CLICK this and select "properties" from the popup menu.
Next to the pie chart of disc useage there is a button for disc cleanup, press it and say "yes" to all the questions
How much did it delete?
after it finishes close everything and Go to cnetdownoads.com and download & install (choose "run" rather than "save" during the download) these three programs:
1) Smart Defrag 1.50
While downloading/installing CCleaner and Defraggler uncheck the "Free Yahoo toolbar" option.
Run "CCleaner" first, but before you run it there are several items you want to uncheck from the default settings
"Cookies", "Last Download locations" (where you saved the last file you downloaded), "Autocomplete form History"" , "Search Autocomplete" before you run it... (unchecking these will save you an awful lot of retyping)
after it runs make a note of how much it deleted (it tells you) then close it
then run "Smart Defrag".
when you first run Smart Defrag first go into "auto run" and uncheck "Enable auto defrag"
then into "Scheduel" and unselect "enable scheduel".
The last version of Smart defrag had some "twitches" the current version 1.5 has eliminated those issues, there's no point in detailing them, because they aren't issues anymore.
THEN go back to the "Defrag Now" page, next to the start button there is a short drop down menu
select "Deep Optimise" and press "start" and just walk away.... (this can easily ttake an hour or
more to run, but the countdown clock that you'll see is a bit pessimistic, the time will diminish faster
than it says)
When it finishes open defraggler.
When it opens click "Settings" and when settings opens it's drop down select the top item "Options"
when the item popup page opens select, there youwill find the top check item "Move large files to end of drive during whole drive defrag" check that box and in the now UN-greyed text below change the setting for minimum file size to 150Mb (preset is 250MB)
Go back to the main program page and press the defrag button (if you want to see how bad it is you
can analyse first)
after that reboot the computer and check performance...
Now Why do I recommend using two different third party defragging programs?
Because they each do their job a little differently and the effects of running both is superior to running only one of them.
the native drfragger is almost worthless, you tell it to defrag and it seems to
ague with you that you don't NEED to defrag, then does a shitty job of it.
Removing and reinstalling SP3 probably didn't do you any good at all in terms of file fragmentation and old (useless) registry files
Whenever I need to upgrade XP-SP2 to SP3 I invariably let Microsoft update do it.
However IF you use Windows media player do it from Cnet before you do any Microsoft upgrades
(save yourself from saving and installing incremental upgrades that are redundant with newer software)
Nothing like going directly to the source.
Reboot the computer and check if it still has the "slows" (which is what I call it when a computer does that...)
What Anti-Virus software are you running?
McAfee tends to clog up the works and I've never been a fan of Norton, both of which tend
(In My Humble Opinion) to be excessively alarmist to try to sell you the idea that they are working.