Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
I was performing a back up and the system crashed. System=iwll
P4R533-n P2.4ghz 1066 1gig rdram. Necessary to format C and using an image copied to the 80 gig WD 7400, The macine takes forever. Task manger=systen idle at 00- CPU at 100% There are no apps running and the best I can get is 65-70% system idle process. What ever I open msconfg/control panel ect takes forever. When I run the mouse over to the start button the flash light symbol appears as it looks for the start menu. I tried two HD with the same result removed the pci cards and the same. I am thinking motherboard but it does run. Maby upgrade the board but don't what card to buy????????? LOST
I will try to help you out with this. First, don't be too rash and run out and get a new motherboard, since I think you have a software problem not a hardware one. I will try to get you to diagnose your system a little, and we can get through this together.
With your system booted up, do a CTRL-Alt-Del. I know you did this already, but you were looking at something different. When the task manager comes up, it says no apps are running, but did you look at the processes running? Click on the "Processes" tab, and then click on the CPU column twice. (First click will sort and put the heaviest running processes on the bottom, second click will put them at the top!). Now you have a good indication of what your system is working hardest at. Some viruses/malware etc., will do exactly what you are talking about, including eating all of your CPU time. If you have a process that is 95% or higher on that list, that is your problem. If it has a name like "sdfioiuyw" or such garbage, it is probably a virus/worm. First, highlight the process eating all of the CPU time and then click "End Process". Once that process ends, your computer should be running normally.
Assuming that the above paragraph went well, the next thing is to try to figure out what caused it. First I would run one of the available virus scanners, then a malware scanner, and finally an adware scanner. Following the instructions for each of the above programs, you should be back in business, and happy with a system running pretty fast.
I hope this helps you out!
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
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In Windows Xp, you can install two operating systems on the same hard disk of one computer.
Whether you have two copies of Windows Xp, or two different operating systems, then you end up with dual boot machine when you restart your Windows Xp computer.
Dual boot means, the system will give you a choice of two operating system. For example, if you have two Windows Xp copies A ans B, the prompt will offer you to choose A or B to boot from.
Also, dual boot machine can be used to have Windows Xp, and Linux O.S. installed on the same computer.
In the case where you have two windows Xp copies on the same hard disk, you will experience a slow performance in your system.
If you need to delete one Windows Xp copies, and leave only one, here is how you do it:
When you restart your system, and you get a choice of two operating systems, you should choose the one you want to keep installed on your machine.
Once the startup process is done, and your computer is ready to accept tasks to perform certain functions, you click on the "My Computer" icon and locate the hard disks, removable storage devices, and more.
In the hard disk box you should see two drive icons, like "C", "D". If the copy you installed later need to be cancelled, it must reside on the "D" part of the hard disk.
This is because the "C" is where you initial copy of the Windows Xp resides, and it is the one you want to keep installed as the only copy on your computer.
The way you should get rid of the "D" copy is to format the "D" part of the hard disk. just right click it, and choose format. This will delete the Windows Xp copy you don't need.
In summary, you can have two operating systems installed on your windows Xp machine, which will offer a choice of loading one of two operating systems.
The good thing is that you can cancel one, and leave the other, and your computer keeps running.
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