Perhaps I've reduced a setting somewhere that is causing it to be so slow.
You could check in dxdiag to see if hardware (graphics) acceleration has been turned off. If this were a laptop, you could check to see if it was set to Power Saving instead of Performance.
It takes forever to open anything (not just games).
If it's slow to open programs that don't use a disc check for copy "protection," it's not likely to be a problem with the CD/DVD drive.
I disabled antivirus and spysweeper software when I switched to the laptop. Intended to use PC just for games.
Did you take the computer offline before you did that? If not, it's possible it picked up a virus or some other malware off the Internet.
I have an NVIDIA card that has always been more than ample for gaming in the past. Perhaps I should see if the driver needs updated (?)
If the computer used to work OK with the same games and the same drivers, it's probably not a driver problem.
Maybe I should just take it to the local office supply store that offers computer checkups???? Does anybody know if those checkups are a racket to get you to buy a bunch of stuff you don't need?
They could probably check it for malware. If you have malware installed, it can prevent antivirus and antimalware programs from detecting it, so the hard drive has to be checked from another computer or from booting off a CD with malware scanning on it -- something like the Kaspersky Rescue Disc.
Depending on how old this computer (and its Windows install) is, it may just be a matter of files becoming corrupt over time.
Since this computer is only for games, I'd recommend a reinstall of Windows. It's the quickest and most sure way of getting rid of malware, as well as repairing any Windows files or registry entries that have become corrupt. Do you have a restore CD -- or at least a restore partition on your hard drive? If you're not comfortable doing it yourself, they could probably do it for you at the office supply store as long as you have either the restore CD or partition.