My old desktop PC is dead slow

  Shark boy 14:44 19 Jun 2009


Need some help on making my old desktop pc faster again!!!

Already upgrade RAM, no difference

Already upgraded processor, no difference!!!

Can any of you help?


Shark Boy

  woody 15:09 19 Jun 2009

Have you cleaned the hard drive and reg entries recently?
Remove any unwanted programs that run on start up.

  Shark boy 15:16 19 Jun 2009

Already tried that

It is still the same.

Thanks for the suggestion though woody.

  Andsome 15:34 19 Jun 2009

Try running C Cleaner

  birdface 19:30 19 Jun 2009

If the air vents are clogged up with dust and fluff inside will also need cleaning.maybe try driver max to see if drivers need updating.

  canarieslover 20:05 19 Jun 2009

Provided you have the time to spare I would recommend that you save all your data onto an external drive or burn to dvd and then do a completely fresh install of XP. Make certain that you reformat the drive so that it does not install over your current set up. You will then find that this should give your machine a whole new lease of life. If you then get hold of a copy of Acronis and make an image of the drive you can return to this state very quickly next time your machine slows down.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:19 19 Jun 2009

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 :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp 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/\ 20:20 19 Jun 2009

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 or Vista, 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 slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  woodchip 20:45 19 Jun 2009

Was this a Win98se PC?

  Shark boy 11:47 21 Jun 2009

I have done all that and now it works.

One thing - it will now not connect to the network. It has a wireless connection - but it says that windows is not set-up to connect to the network automatically. But to do this, you need to be ab le to connect to the network automatically. Help!!!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:59 21 Jun 2009

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