Help! my pc is so slow!

  susiebee 17:06 14 May 2008

Please help! My pc is incresingly slow, and I am being nagged by my children to buy a new one! Surely there must be something I can do to speed it up. Its a dell desktop, about 3 years old. Used for word processing, internet ++. No gaming. Answers please!

  tullie 17:13 14 May 2008

How much ram have you got?Give it a run through with ccleaner,antispyware etc

  crosstrainer 17:18 14 May 2008

Do you know your system spec, operating system?

I am assuming you are using xp...Quite a few things you can do to tidy things up.

1) go to start> programmes>accessories>system tools>disk cleanup, and run this to remove old clutter.

2) go to the same location but instead of disk cleanup, choose disk defragmenter, and run this.

3) download and install Ccleaner from :

click here

This is a free easy to use cleaning tool that will remove dead registry links and other unwanted junk from your pc.

Also consider downloading:

click here

This is also free, and will remove ads and other junk from your system.

  rawprawn 17:26 14 May 2008

Hi susiebee, do as tullie says with CCleaner
click here
And also Superantispyware click here
But also look in what you are running, go to Start> Run> type msconfig and hit enter. In the Start Tab look and see what your computer is starting all the time that you don't need, and untick any program you do not need to start. This will not hurt the programs and you will be able to start them manually as normal.
When you have done all this click "Apply! and reboot. You will get a message that it has been changed when you restart, just tick the box "Do not show me this again"

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:44 14 May 2008

1. Software

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

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt 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 startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:45 14 May 2008

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) 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, 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) Divers
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 slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  birdface 22:08 14 May 2008

Speed up your computer.Winaso Optimizer free.It only repairs 10 items at a time but you can run it as often as you here and your computer will run a bit faster afterwards..Computer 3 years old.Check the air vents are not clogged with dust and fluff.if so inside computer may need cleaning as well.What Firewall are you using.Try right clicking Local area connection and press repair see if it shows a Dns problem.

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