Slow Computer


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StacyF

I am trying to speed up my computer because as of right now, it takes atleast
1-2 minutes for programs to load, especially the internet. I have deleted
unnecessary programs (some of which I can delete for who knows why), I have
defragmented my computer, etc. First off, what do I need to do to make my
computer the speed it should be? And lastly, how do I delete programs that
won't let me delete them?
 
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Andrew E.

Most software should get uninstalled thru add/remove programs,if it still
runs
for some reason reinstalling it might get you the option to uninstall
before it
begins.Also,one can/could always go to run,type:services.msc Scroll to the
service,double click,set to: disable Stop service.Also,if you have XP cd
(retail),
boot to xp cd,recovery,type:Fixboot Agree,type:EXIT
 
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Gerry

Stacy

Your message gives one the impression your actions could create more
problems than they resolve. You need to understand the consequences and
significance of the changes you are making. Andrew's suggestion about
services is likely to encourage you into actions likely to make your
problem even worse.

Routine maintenance. Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System
Tools, Disk CleanUp to Empty your Recycle Bin and Remove Temporary
Internet Files. Also select Start, All Programs, accessories, System
Tools, Disk CleanUp, More Options, System Restore and remove all but the
latest System Restore point. Run Disk Defragmenter.

Please tell us more about your system.

How much RAM memory. Right click on the My Computer icon on your Desktop
and select Properties to get this information.


Try Ctrl+Alt+Delete to select Task Manager and click the Performance
Tab. Under Commit
Charge what is the Total, the Limit and the Peak?

How large is the partition in which Windows XP is located (usually your
C drive) and how much free space? Right click on your C drive in Windows
Explorer to get this information.

In Internet Explorer select Tools, Manage Add Ons, Enable or Disable Add
Ons. Do you have more than one Toolbar enabled i.e. Google, Yahoo etc.
Too many will drain resources.


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Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
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StacyF

When I right clicked and check out the properties this is what it gave:
Size: 104 bytes (104 bytes)
Size on Disk:4.00 KB (4,096 bytes)

Also, under the Commit Charge it reads:
Total: 773488 (which boucnes around, give or take some)
Limit: 852868
Peak: 775100

The information on the C Drive is:
Free Space: 58.6 GB
Total Size: 71.4 GB

And I also do not currently have any add ons. Hope this is enough
information for you.
 
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Daave

StacyF said:
When I right clicked and check out the properties this is what it
gave:
Size: 104 bytes (104 bytes)
Size on Disk:4.00 KB (4,096 bytes)

Since you don't have the correct My Computer shortcut, try this instead,
Stacy:

Start> Run> type: sysdm.cpl and hit OK.

How much RAM do you have?

Also, if you would like to put the correct My Computer icon on your
desktop, try this:

Right-click the desktop and select Properties to get the Display
Properties window. Click on the Desktop tab and then click on the
Customize Desktop button. Put a check in the box next to My Computer. OK
and another OK. Afterwards, delete the old My Computer shortcut.
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

I am trying to speed up my computer because as of right now, it takes atleast
1-2 minutes for programs to load, especially the internet. I have deleted
unnecessary programs (some of which I can delete for who knows why), I have
defragmented my computer, etc. First off, what do I need to do to make my
computer the speed it should be? And lastly, how do I delete programs that
won't let me delete them?



Read Gerry's good advice, but also note that these days a slow
computer is often symptomatic of malware infection. I recommend that
you begin troubleshooting by going to MVP Malke's malware removal site
at
http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Removing_Malware and
following the instructions there.
 
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Gerry

Stacy

The figure for your RAM is clearly incorrect. Daave has kindly sorted
out some suggestions as to what you need to do to put things right.

You should be able to gather more information from Task Manager. With
the Processes tab open select View, Select, Columns and check the boxes
before Peak Memory Usage and Virtual Memory size. What are the figures
for the 6 processes using the largest amounts?

Open Disk Defragmenter and click on Analyse. Select View Report and
click on Save As and Save. Now find VolumeC.txt in your My Documents
Folder and post a copy. Do this before running Disk Defragmenter as it
is more informative.

You do not have enough free disk space on your C partition i.e. you need
a minimum of 15% of the partition free and preferably 20%. After you
have copied the Disk Defragmenter Report I suggest you do what follows.

The default allocation to System Restore is 12% on your C partition
which is over generous. I would reduce it to 700 mb. Right click your My
Computer icon on the Desktop and select System Restore. Place the cursor
on your C drive select Settings but this time find the slider and drag
it to the left until it reads 700 mb and exit. When you get to the
Settings screen click on Apply and OK and exit.

Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk CleanUp to
Empty your Recycle Bin and Remove Temporary Internet Files. Also
select Start, All Programs, accessories, System Tools, Disk CleanUp,
More Options, System Restore and remove all but the latest System
Restore point.

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Hope this helps.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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Daave

You do not have enough free disk space on your C partition i.e. you
need a minimum of 15% of the partition free and preferably 20%. After
you have copied the Disk Defragmenter Report I suggest you do what
follows.

According to my math, Stacy has 82% free space on C:.
 
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Gerry

You're right Daave. I misread the figures.

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Regards.

Gerry
~~~~
FCA
Stourport, England
Enquire, plan and execute
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
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Kamaljeet Dhiman

You should consider running the disk cleanup utility so that unnecessary
files can be removed from your computer.
 

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