I tried everyhting I can think of and I figured I would have some help in brainstorming for more ideas as to what I can do on this.
My friends PC has been working quite well now for approx 2 1/2yrs which is how old the WinXp Home build is. He had only 256RAM but it ran fine for his very simple day to day needs which involved surfing the web and checking his e-mail via webmail. Thats really all he uses it for. Although it RAN fine with only 256RAM I upped it to a 1GB RAM just for the heck of it, did a defrag, ran CCleaner on just about all options checked off. There are only like 5 things in startup and plenty of avilable HDD Space. Virtual memory was never changed and never seemed to be a problem, and this kinda happened out of nowhere as one day it all seemed to just be slow at doing things and startu takes longer during Windows start not during POST. Has the latest antivirus and all up to date definitions, also checked for spyware and that seems clean.
I am thinking Windows time has come an dit needs to be rebuilt but am I missing something?