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I just built another PC with the following specs:

DFI LanParty UT nF4 Ultra-D
AMD Opteron 146
2x1GB G.Skill DDR500 RAM @ DDR400
Seagate 250GB ES.2 hard drive
Radeon X1950XTX
Windows XP x64 SP2

The OS and all drivers installed fine. I ran windows update and there were a total of 53 updates I installed. They all installed successfully. When the system restarted, and I entered my password, the hard drive activity light started grinding away and the system runs slower than if the CPU were at 100%. It takes like 15 minutes to load the desktop, and then when I press ctrl+alt+del, it takes another 15 minutes for the window to come up.

It says that only 5% CPU is being used, but the hard drive light is grinding away and I hear heavy disk activity going on. This never subsides, it continues indefinitely.

Luckily, I can boot to safe mode and it no longer occurs. I disabled all startup services with msconfig in safe mode, and then when I booted normally, it worked again. Except the system was totally unusable with all those services disabled. And there are a TON of them. Obviously, one or more of them are causing this nasty behavior.

I have never experienced anything like this. Anybody know what service to disable to be able to use the system? This is driving me absolutely INSANE!!!
 

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Did you include Windows Search 4.0 in that update? It shouldn't stop you from using your system, but it would certainly account for the hard drive activity. Try uninstalling it.
 

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Nope, I did not install search 4.0.

And I figured out which service it is that is slowing down the system. It's the Windows Installer service. But why?? Anything I can do to fix this?
 

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Funny you should say that because ever since I installed some Vista updates last month I have always had a "trustedinstaller.exe" process running all the time. It hasn't affected performance though.
 
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