Owners of Dell Inspiron notebooks have reported that Microsoft’s Windows Service Pack 2 is cutting their system speeds dramatically – in some cases by a factor of almost ten, from 2.6GHz to 300MHz.
According to postings on Dell’s support forums this week, owners of the notebooks experienced the slowdown after installing the update for Windows XP Home Edition. One owner reported similar problems at work. “I tested SP2 for a week or two before it came out and before I deployed it on my network,” wrote a correspondent identified as Blane. “I was prepared for [almost] anything except this issue,” said Blane, who found that deleting and reinstalling printer drivers helped.
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