Performance related issues - Understanding and solving issues on a Windows workstation

Poor performance is a common problem that can plague computer workstations. While IT professionals are usually cognizant of how to fix their own machines, it can take significantly more time to diagnose and resolve an arbitrary workstation that is sent in to the IT department. Yet this is what system administrators and IT managers are faced with all the time, even as harried employees demand an immediate fix so that they can get back to work.