slow down / speed up ( ? )

  jarani 21:04 26 Aug 2007

With large and fast computers please let me know what slows down computers and what will speed them up ? - I tried deleting internet files etc and defragmenting without much success - in fact it made no difference - I have a vast HDD and memory and fast computer only one year old - it moves like a snail - help please - jarani

  woodchip 21:12 26 Aug 2007

All the Program you load, Probably Have a Start file that starts at boot, You can remove lots of these by using MSCONFIG from the Run Box under startup Tab. You should make a note of things before you remove the tick. So if you have problems. Start in Safe Mode By keep Tapping F8 or F5 choose Safe Mode the in windows Safe put the Tick back that will not run without

  rdave13 21:21 26 Aug 2007

As well as woodchip's advice run anti malware and anti spyware programs. Another good program is Cleanup, click here .

Another is Ccleaner, click here .
Make sure you untick yahoo or google toolbars if offered during the download process.

  jarani 22:11 26 Aug 2007

Thank you for your advice - I would add that it takes about 2 minutes each for the I'explorer or O'express or Your postings to open or for the page to close on pressing the top RH cross - none critical in themselves but together the computing activity is very slow

I have also tried Ccleaner to no avail - I have removed my granddaughter account with all her songs and photos etc - nothing helps

there is something that slows it down to this rate that I do not understand

I will try MSconfig and cleanup - jarani

  rdave13 22:44 26 Aug 2007

Also right click the toolbar and bring up task manager. Click on processes and see what's using your cpu.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:58 27 Aug 2007

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
Windows Defender 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/\ 12:59 27 Aug 2007

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, 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) Divers
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.

  jarani 16:59 27 Aug 2007

Fruit Bat - most grateful for your input - will follow your instructions - may take a few days - regards - jarani

  birdface 19:39 27 Aug 2007

Press ctrl. alt.Delete at the same time, That takes you into Task Manager.Under processes what is using up most of the CPU,System Idle Process should be showing about 96%.Are there any other programs hogging the Cpu.and what % do they show.

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