help slow computer

  16877elvis 15:41 26 May 2007

my computer is very slow, it takes about 20 mins to start up,if i run word or internet explorer you name it it takes about 5 mins to load.
i run xp i have 256 ram, i checked my msconfig on start tab and i have 5 programs running. can anyone help?

  Jimmy14 15:46 26 May 2007

What anti-virus do you have and is it up to date?, when was the last time you ran a full system scan? Do you have a spyware program and is that also updated? Do you have CCleaner which is a good program to clear out alot of junk on your computer?,
click here

  Abi-Moore 15:55 26 May 2007

if you stick another stick of ram in to take it up to 512mb minimum you will see a big improvement,
*in addition to running your spyware apps/anti virus etc
*clean up registry click here
*defrag your hardrive
click here

  Abi-Moore 15:57 26 May 2007

scan your system for ram to get correct match
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  Diemmess 16:33 26 May 2007

The slow start is certainly dire as is opening Word.

It would help if you say what AV and firewall programs you are using?
Are you sure that you don't have more than one antivirus program installed? They would interfere badly if there is more than one.

The advice you have had so far is good, but it is possible that your AV program scans every time at start up, which would slow things dramatically and is not necesary.

The AV should of course be running in the background but configured to scan only on demand.
I think you should make sure of this first, and then only when there is no scanning, check that it is up to date.

  Technotiger 16:37 26 May 2007

Hi, if you have Norton, that is a well known slower-downer!

  bruno 21:57 26 May 2007

As well as all the good advice you have already received I would like to add a little.My daughters PC was doing the same as yours and after doing all the usual fixes it was still bad.Then I noticed that every air vent on the machine had a thick furry blanket of dust.I cleaned it thoroughly and all three fans.The improvement was so dramatic I could not believe it.Poor thing couldn't breath!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:37 26 May 2007

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/\ 22:38 26 May 2007

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.

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