Recently bought a new computer with WinXP Home Edition installed on it. Ever since I loaded programs on it, paint, graphic, utilities, games etc. I have had a horrible time dealing with the lag and sluggishness that all of a sudden has come with it. I am using not even 15% of my hard drive, and have over 1gb of RDRAM. For example, when I play a game, say Ever Quest, a MMPORG, it uses 100% of my CPU, causing such programs as Winamp in the background to lag so bad that I cannot even change tracks. I have maybe at the most 2 other apps going other than Ever Quest at one time when it does this. Heck, I get it when I have just one app running besides EQ. In other cases when I am not playing games, I have slow menus, slow startup of 1-2 IE windows, opening or starting new applications, or going through folders/files etc. looking for programs and the like. I used to run Win98, and I NEVER had this much trouble as the sluggishness of WinXP. I used to be able to run Ever Quest, Winamp, and 2 or 3 other apps at the same time with NO discernable lag or sluggishness like WinXP. Is there a setting, utility or something that I can do to change this irritating trend? I fear it may be a bottleneck, but where and how do I fix it?