I didn’t ‘get’ Prime95. CPU-Burn was easy as pie though, and sure enough I got 100% usage. It took a lifetime to stop once I clicked ‘Quit’ though. It’s as if starting and stopping processes is what takes so long.
Can it be symptomatic of a knackered HDD? I’m sure that I read somewhere that it can. It’s a good 5-6 years old and had plenty of use.
olyteddy: Search turned up nothing, but wouldn’t it be visible in Task Manager?
bjd223: Patch downloaded. Works the same as before. Also no temperature problems.
jwill427: Yes, all drivers are installed, no yellow question marks! There’s that much free HDD space that I’d have thought a defrag unnecessary and I’ve done that many installs that nothing’s ever been this slow anyway, but I’ll give it a go.
EDIT: OK, it’s been several minutes and it’s still on 1% progress, the system’s idling at 99%. I’ve just gone to load a browser up on it and everything’s frozen again.
I’ve just remembered something. On installation, I think there was a Windows file that couldn’t be installed first try, so I clicked again and it did it; I do wonder though, could a missing file be causing all of this grief?