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I have a Windows XP and I just installed about 12 new programs. Big mistake! Before I installed these programs, my internet connection was running great. But now after installing and restarting my laptop, the internet is crawling. How can I see what was changed?

Hint: prior to installing these 12 programs, I installed IE version 8. So probably if I removed that it would fix it, but the problem is I need IE in order for my SQL/C# web application to work properly.

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Could be that some programs (especially Microsoft ones) are automatically downloading software updates. If you wait awhile, the problem could resolve itself. –  Robert Harvey Apr 14 '10 at 15:41
While I agree that Robert's answer is the most likely, what is the list of apps you installed? We might be able to point to other potential culprits as well. –  BBlake Apr 14 '10 at 17:00
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Revo Uninstaller groups recently installed programs by default. I'm not sure if the free version has that feature, but you can get a full trial for the Pro version.

If you don't want to install another utility, Add/Remove Programs can sort by last used date. It's not quite the same, but it might help narrow down the issue.

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I second. Highly, highly recommend Revo... –  studiohack Apr 14 '10 at 18:26
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Did you try System Restore? Most probably it would have made restore points before installing the applications.

And i advise that you post your question in http://superuser.com/ This is a programming forum and you might not get the answers you need :)

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