My priest's new computer is running like molasses: minutes can elapse
between hitting control-alt-delete and seeing Windows (XP Home)'s task
manager. When it does, there's a 216k 'System' process, owned by
SYSTEM, which usually takes 99% CPU.

Two questions:

1: It looks to me like the System process is burning CPU so that
everything else is moving like molasses. Is this correct, or is there
likely another problem?

2: What can be done to remedy this?

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