hi,have just installed sp2 and things are running slowly. one of the main problems is that when i try to open "my computer" i get the flashlight and it takes a few minute to open. i have looked thru ms knowledge articles relating to sp2 but nothing fits the bill. any ideas? thanks
I would go a step further. Windows XP SP2 has been out for a few years and it provides the fastest Windows these days. It also provides lots of security fixes. If you don't had those then I had to ask if you had any antivirus and antispyware running and when was the last time you ran a full system scan?
ok, have had full system scans with spybot, avg free 8.0 and c cleaner- no problems . avg and spy run in real time. i am 99% sure anti spy was off when i installed sp2. i have dell 4550, pent 4 -2.4 G, 35% of 100 G hard drive used 750 ram, legit windows xp home w/ sp2. i run firefox and have about 40 programs inslalled. i run perfect disk daily. foldeers are very slow to open- my computer, control panel etc. drop down menus are slow. internet and things associated w/ firefox work fine. downloaded programs like ewido download and install ok after waiting for the drop down menu.what would i have to do if anti spy was running when sp2 was installed? thanks in advance
Good to know. You should uninstall any program you are not using because some programs may have services and libraries that are loaded and since you are not using them these will using the system resources.
Also update the video drivers. These are not updated with Windows Service Packs. These are released by the manufacturer.
And I suggest you do a complete backup of your data - and install Service Pack 3.
Just out of interest, why? If you have SP3 (the full installer) downloaded, it makes it a great deal less time (and bandwidth) consuming to install updates. There have been a great number of updates released since SP2. The full installer is a 310MB ~ download, but should you ever need to re-install Windows, well worth having it saved somewhere. I think it can be installed over SP1 from memory..you don't need to have SP2 installed prior. FWIW, SP3 was a straightforward install for me, with only a few things I needed to sort out.
you know, i'm a newb and i am frightened of having this machine not start, having to spend days to get it back to proper order, etc. when i dont have a need to mess with it. if it aint broke- dont fix it! thanks anyway
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