Luckily for me, my supervisor lets me use Ubuntu at work so I don't have to deal with constant lag. Unfortunately, there are a couple of websites that I need for my daily work that rely on ActiveX, and so I have a virtual machine with XP on it that I ONLY use for those specfic sites. No surfing, no installing random apps, I NEVER use this system for anything but Microsoft Office and a couple of order processing sites for work. Despite that, this damn thing is STILL running like molassas today. I've rebooted several times, run CCleaner and Bleachbit, and disabled nearly all the services and startup items, and yet it still sits here, at a clean desktop, with nothing open, swapping like a mofo. The hard drive is just grinding and grinding and grinding. When I run the task manager, I can see SVHOST.EXE is using a little CPU, and growing in memory size. (To be clear, I'm referring to the virtual hard drive and system, Ubuntu is still running fine and my phsycial hard disk is idle)
So, Windows users, how do I cope with this?