My computer is sooo slow

  cadena 14:08 26 Jul 2006

I have read other messages with Computers slowing down while playing games, this has only been happening to me these past 2 weeks.
Mine is about 16 months old,I have WindowsXP Home Edition SP2,I dont use "playstation" type games just basic games on a Neopets web site,
My Computer probably needs a good clean out, can anyone suggest a good "free" scan download to make my computer faster like it used to be and get to the root of my problem.Thank you.

  Diodorus Siculus 14:28 26 Jul 2006

CCleaner - click here

That will make a difference. Use its registry scanning option too.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:20 26 Jul 2006

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
MSoftAntispy Beta click here
Ewido 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/\ 17:21 26 Jul 2006

2. Hardware

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

b) 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) 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.

d) 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.

  Ben-520494 18:26 26 Jul 2006

Well i dunno about that but if u buy more RAM is should significantly speed up ur PC

  cadena 19:09 26 Jul 2006

Fruitbat; I have done the (d) page file, you suggested, do I really need more ram...this is my system info;
Disk Drive `C` - Free space = 145942MB
Total space = 185651 MB.
I am quite overwhelmed by all this jargon above, I have done the simplest thing which is the page file above, will wait for a response on this reply. Thank you

  Totally-braindead 19:17 26 Jul 2006

I hope you did a defragmant as well, regarding the RAM what you have posted is the size of the hard drive not the amount of RAM you have. Assumming you have XP if you goto System under Control Panel it will tell you how much you have. Alternatively go here click here and click Scan My System and it will tell you what you have, what memory slots are free and how much memory your computer can actually take.

  cadena 20:44 06 Aug 2006

I went to down load the new IE on the Microsoft Windows web-site especially for Win;XP SP2, I had also downloaded Firefox; after doing so I could not sign on to my ISP which is AOL, so I had to use System Restore to gain it back, thus losing all the downloading programmes. Can anyone tell me why this happened?

  Graham. 09:48 07 Aug 2006

You have posted on someone else's thread. I suggest you start a new subject all of your own.

  Graham. 09:49 07 Aug 2006

Sorry, it is YOUR thread! Nevertheless, it is a new subject.

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