PC is grinding away and really slooooooow

  montyburns 18:46 03 Mar 2005

What is up with my PC?

It's not ancient (just over a year old - OK, I know that's a contradiction!)

Windows XP, 256MB of RAM, 60Gb of free disc space. It'll chug along quite nicely for a bit, then suddenly start whirring as if it's doing some really memory hungry task (while all it's doing is displaying a web page) Can take forever just to open a Word document. And when it comes to closing down/logging off - it can take 5 mins or more

Is there some diagnostic software or something I can buy/try? I had Norton Utilities on my old 95 machine, and this seemed to work well, but have heard bacd things about it for XP

Thanks for any help


  Jackcoms 18:55 03 Mar 2005

To be honest 256 mb RAM is the bare minimum for XP.

Have you done any PC housekeeping - cleaned out temp files, temp Internet files, defragged, check disk?

Or use this click here

  montyburns 19:15 03 Mar 2005

I was having a nasty feeling about the RAM...!

Everything else is sorted.

Odd thing is, which I didn't mention before, that we have two profiles (me and my other half) Mine runs slow, whilst her's runs fine! What's that about?!


  Jackcoms 19:20 03 Mar 2005

Use CCleaner - one of the best free crap cleaners available and regularly recommended in this Forum.

You can safely delete anything that it finds.

Run it for your log-in and in your wife's log-in - it will find plenty to clean up in both accounts.

  montyburns 19:48 03 Mar 2005

Ta for the info!

Have downloaded it and will be running it very soon!


  montyburns 14:40 06 Mar 2005

Just to update - have run Ccleaner and it certainly has improved things. Thanks for the tip!

Also downloaded and using the Microsoft Anti-Spyware beta from

click here

so this is probably doing it's bit too!


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