My main Windows XP PC has started exhibiting various signs of slow down.  For example:

  • Windows Explorer takes ages to load. i.e. 10-15 seconds, instead of virtually instantly
  • Web links clicked from Thunderbird take an equally long time to appear in Firefox
  • Word documents load slowly when clicked in Exporer, but instantly when loaded directly from Word

This last point is a clear clue that my Windows Direct Data Exchange (DDE) has become messed up somehow.

To fix it, I ran the command sfc /scannow from the command prompt.  When you do this you'll need your original WinXP CD, as it will check and fix many important system DLLs
Written by Celerity Design, on January 24, 2008
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