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  cahill01 12:05 29 Aug 2006

Hi would it be possible for me to uninstall then reinstall windows xp home edition, to sort my slow pc out.or do i just need to increase my ram from 256 to 512ram.

  silverous 12:09 29 Aug 2006

A few points:

i) If it has become slower over time then maybe, but there are probably other things you can do first. e.g. run a defrag.

ii) I would always recommend 512MB as a minimum for all but the most minimal users of Windows XP. Yes you can get away with 256 but you will find that Windows 'swaps' (uses the hard disk as memory, in essence) a lot. Do you know how to get to task manager? If so, look at the performance tab for a figure called 'Peak'. That will tell you how much memory your machine has used at peak. Memory is quite cheap nowadays so it is probably worth doing.

  spuds 12:24 29 Aug 2006

Using 256mb of ram is very low, especially when using XP,and this could well be a problem. Increase the ram to as much as you can afford, and to what the motherboard will accommodate.

Another problem to slowness, could be intrusions on your system. Do you use any spyware or 'anti' protection and security programs. If so,what are they, how often do you use them, and are they updated on a regular basis?.

  Strawballs 12:54 29 Aug 2006

Do you use Anti-virus and Anti-spyware?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:53 29 Aug 2006

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
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/\ 16:53 29 Aug 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.

  silverous 17:11 29 Aug 2006

Excellent points Fruit Bat... did you do all that for this thread or was it a copy and paste of something you have saved somewhere? I'm thinking it would be good to have some things like this as 'sticky' somewhere (not necessarily here, maybe on another site if necessary).

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:35 29 Aug 2006

Wrote this a couple of months ago after seeing several threads on Slow PCs.

probably end up (cu and paste) posting it about 5 times a week.

A simple site search for Slow Pc will bring up lotts of hreads on the same subject.

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