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A slow computer could becaused by a number of things -1.InsufficientRAM memory - if your computer has less than 512Mb of RAM then increase it to atleast 1Gb of RAM.2.Registryproblems - clean and repair the registry, it will contain unused registry keys.Use programs such as Registry Mechanic, Microsoft RegClean etc.3.Uninstall/removeunused programs, this will also free up hard disk space.4.Notenough hard disk space - swap file space may need to be increased if Windows hasn'tbeen configured to manage it.5.Installlatest Windows updates.6.Updatevirus definition files and scan computer for viruses, Trojans, malware etc.7.Clearthe Internet cache for faster browsing.8.Harddisk maintenance is required at least once a month to keep it functioningefficiently.Runthe following programs - Disk Cleanup -removes temporary files that are no longer used and to recovers hard diskspace.DiskDefragmenter to make fragmented files into contiguous files and thereforethe hard disk access is faster.
Probably it has some virus that slows down the booting process.Besides that you might have many startup programs,which you can un-install if you don't need at startup.Also, cleaning your disks will be a good idea.These tips might help solve the sluggish attitude!
try to check running programs on the back ground, you could view that by going to the task manager.
exiting programs that you dont need will give you some spare virtual memory.
to access task manager:
press ctrl+alt+del then press task manager,
also check the loading programs upon booting the computer, check your startup and remove unnecessary programs that load upon startup.
set your computer to have the best performance
one more thing try to disable your anti virus to see if it is the cause of the slowing of performance.