Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
XP Pro Running Very Slowly after Acronis Restore
I have just installed a new HDD to replace a flakey one. I used Acronis True Image to clone the old drive content, (MBR, Boot Sector and all) and after some problems getting the new drive recognised by my BIOS, I restored the Image to it and successfully booted into XP. The problem is that after the first couple of background programs load and show in the system tray, everything slows down to snails pace. Although not all such background programs seem to be loading at all, it does reach a point where I can access the Start Menu - however, it takes about 10-20secs to respond to any mouse click. I haven't successfuly opened a program.
I've cloned a drive that had no apparent problems beforehand so I'm a bit mystified. I note that Norton 360 isn't getting started, but since it's not using resources I can't see that that's the cause.
I can open Task Manager, and it shows 30-odd processes going on, but the only one using any CPU resource is "SYSTEM", which is using 99. "System Idle Processes" is using 00. Clearly something is chuntering away leaving no resources for anything else - does anyone have any ideas what it might be? Nothing seems to be occupying excessive RAM.
I can start boot into Safe Mode but reducuing the programs running at start up in msconfig makes no difference to the speed problem
Thanks in advance for any suggestions
SYSTEM, is the host of most of your drivers being loaded, take off all extra usb devices you may have, then update all your system drivers thought windows, if they dont find any, go the the manufacture's site and grab them.
Also, run a virus scan if you haven't already...
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
I have seen Malfunctioning Norton Security software cause these exact symptoms many, many, many times. I would download the Norton removal tool from the symantec website and get rid of all the norton software and see if there is a drastic increase in performance. if so problem solved.
If however that is not the case you should run a Thorough scandisk (scan for bad sectors) since you said the old HDD was flakey, the cloned image can transfer file system damage that may have been present on the old drive and in some cases may worsen when transfered to a new drive. if you do find file system errors i recommend you bite the bullet and do a clean install and make sure to re partition, not just reformat.
Posted on Jan 19, 2009
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