The laptop is booting and running very slow. It takes a few minutes to boot to the desktop. The laptop was way faster when you bought it.
1. Software related problem.
2. Not enough memory installed.
3. Failing hard drive.
Possible troubleshooting steps and repair solution:
This could be a software related problem. It’s possible that you have too many programs loading on startup at the same time. If the laptop was fast before and very slow now, you can try reinstalling the operating system from scratch. Back up all personal files and run the recovery disc. Reimage the hard drive back to factory defaults. Most likely reimaging the laptop will make it faster.
Also, it’s possible that your laptop needs more memory. Take a look at the system properties and find out how much memory you have installed. For Windows XP I would recommend at least 1GB. For Windows Vista at least 3GB. Installing more memory will speed up your laptop.
If you have enough memory installed and reinstalling the operating system doesn’t help, it’s likely that you have a failing hard drive. Does your hard drive make grinding noise or clicking sounds? If it does, you’ll have to replace it with a new one.