Friend's 5yr old D'Top-Slow+wont shut down-Help?

  buel 19:05 27 Jan 2011

Tomorrow im going to my friend's house to help him out. He has a desktop computer that is between 3 and 5 years old. I have reason to believe that he had a fresh install of XP 2 years ago or so but he complained to me that it is slow and rarely shuts down as it should (from the Start menu).

What i was planning on doing was:
1, Performing a disk check
2, uninstalling any programs he doesn't need
3, Install Ccleaner, Malwarebytes, SuperAntispayware and Defraggler and update and run them.
4, Download the Crucial memory scanner and advise he buys some Ram
5, He has a fully paid up version of Kapersky but i wanted to know is that program processor-hungry at all as it is an old computer so i was thinking of running AVG on it instead?
6, To resolve the shutting down problem i was going to follow the following advice that the wonderful Fruitbat advised me to do for a different probelm, which is:
Repair XP

OPTION 1 - Repair XP by replacing corrupt files

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems
click here

OPTION 2 - Repair XP by install over the top of existing system

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

Please can i have some advice on my 'action plan' and of what to do with Kapersky?
Thank you in advance for any answers!!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:16 27 Jan 2011

1 to 4 OK
5 leave Kapersky its better than AVG
6 do option 1 not 2

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:17 27 Jan 2011

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance -
advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click
custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory
= set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the
PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything
except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives)
Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  buel 19:20 27 Jan 2011

Bloomin' Hell Fruit Bat, thank you once again!
I shall tell me friend that his (hopefully) improved computer is down to you!!!!!!!

  buel 14:55 28 Jan 2011

I have typed sfc /scannow and put the cd in, the Windows window has come up and im not sure which option to choose?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:12 28 Jan 2011

What options?

All Ssfc needs is to copy files from the disk

if it has auto run when you inserted it just choose exit.

  buel 17:01 28 Jan 2011

Hi, i gave up earlier but plan to use the Cd again soon.
From memory, it asked me to insert a CD, i did and then the options were 'Install XP' and then others similar to 'Install other Windows application', there were 5 options i believe?

  lotvic 00:39 29 Jan 2011

If you hold down the shift key when you put cd in it will not autorun to the 'Install XP' menu. Keep it pressed down until cd drive activity stops.

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