My computer is infuriatingly slow, opening programs, saving files, web navigation and basically everything is slower than it used to be. Main issues are on line though. Don’t do any gaming; mainly use the computer for surfing, word processing, ebay and digital photography. I have the following system Mobo: ASUS P4V-MX CPU: Celeron 2.6 GHz RAM:1.23GB Hard Drive: NTFS not partitioned, 19.7 GB used, 54.8 GB free space OS: XP with service pack 2 and I have downloaded all the latest updates
Originally had just 256 MB RAM, thinking all my sluggish problems were due to this I splashed out on 1 GB, low density RAM. Fitting it has had no effect. I’ve used CCleaner to spring clean everything including the “Issues” bit (cleaning the registry?) I’ve run ‘msconfig’ and unchecked all start up programs I think I don’t need. I’ve run a manual virus scan (Sophos antivirus) with no virus’ found Am I missing something really simple?
You say you have used CCleaner, but I have found that you need more than one registry cleaner to sort things out. Also there are distinct advantages in periodically compacting the Registry & also defragmenting your HDD with something better than the program supplied by MS. I would suggest the following free items:
Advanced Windows Care from Iobit- system cleaner NTRegopt - Registry Optimiser Defrag program from Iobit - a beta but very stable
Erunt is also worth having to make Registry Back ups
Thanks for all the tips. I will trawl through and see if anything helps to answer questions:
It's not ultra slow to boot up but is deffinately slower than it used to be
I'm using Sophos antivirus
RAM: I still have the old 256 MB memory module and just put the new 1 GB module in next to it. my computer properties now says i have 1.23 GB as opposed to ~240 MB before I bought the upgrade so it appears to recognise it.
Task manager says I'm running 38 processes,
I'm no cable broadband on NTL (now virgin media) not sure of the speed thought will have to check.