Why is my computer slow when booting up?

Question

I've been experiencing slow boot up and programs load up way too slow. It takes 3mi+ to boot up my windows XP and when i open internet explorer or close it, it locks up my computer and waits for it to either close or open. My computer isnt slow or anything. I have an AMD XP 1700+, 256 DDR Ram, Abit KR7A motherboard. I reformatted but the problem is still persisting. I tried everything to fix this. Usually reformatting would clear any unnecessary programs that run in the background but it hasn't. Also, the computer randomly doesnt detect my HD and

CD-Rom. I don't know why. Please help me fix this problem.

Answer

This question was answered on August 7, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

There can be that your computer was infected by a virus, or that you are running low on memory, check how much memory you have and do a scan for viruses.

You can check how much memory that is being used by clicking CTRL ALT DELETE then click on the performances tab.

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 7, 2003