Originally Posted by DiagnosisDirt
Did you do a quick format or the one that takes an eon ?
Comparing the Quick install to the "Full" install, there isn't much of a difference.
Quick Install - Deletes partition - Install OS
"Full" Install - Delete partition - Scan for Bad Sectors
- Install OS
If you bought a new hard drive, it is recommended to run the Full option. If you have had a normally working OS, you can safely use the quick option and then run chkdsk /r during desktop.
When you choose to run a regular format on a volume, files are removed from the volume that you are formatting and the hard disk is scanned for bad sectors. The scan for bad sectors is responsible for the majority of the time that it takes to format a volume.
If you choose the Quick format option, format removes files from the partition, but does not scan the disk for bad sectors. Only use this option if your hard disk has been previously formatted and you are sure that your hard disk is not damaged.
If you installed Windows XP on a partition that was formatted by using the Quick format option, you can also check your disk by using the chkdsk /r command after the installation of Windows XP is completed.
So, that cannot be the cause.
Have you defrag or run a program like Advanced WindowsCare V2 Personal? It may help improve performance.