Okay, I felt that my system was getting a little bogged down and needed a reinstall. Nothing unusual about that, so I backed up my important files and reinstalled Windows XP.
It all went smooth as it use to do and it didn't take long until my desktop with the default rolling hill was staring at me.
Fine I thought, let's start installing.
So I loaded SP1, Winrar, Antivirus and other essential stuff.
To top it off I installed WMP9 (I happen(ed) to like that player, please don't flame me :)).
After a while (half an hour or so and many reboots) my Windows was terribly slow. Even worse than it was before! I think, this is not right, a fresh install and it stalls after half an hour!
So I make sure I have the correct drivers installed, run Windows Update etc.
Still slow (bringing up the right-click menu on the desktop took 3 minutes), now I start pulling my hair.
So I look around in properties for my computer. I check the advanced tab and sees that Windows has set my swapfile to 3 GIGABYTES!
I have 1 GB RAM, but windows obviously didn't think that was enough. Set it back to 384-512 and voila, system is fast again.
Now I tell myself to play some mp3's to calm down (in WMP9 as I didn't have Winamp installed).
Windows Media player locks up my computer.
I reboot and open WMP again. Lockup.
At this point in time, I'm very angry, tired and my legs ache after todays running excercise.
Thank god for system-restore (and Winamp, once again my default player)
This is what makes me like Linux more and more...