I AM A RELATIVE NOVICE WHEN IT COMES TO COMPUTERS, HOWEVER EVEN I KNOW THAT MY COMPUTER IS SO SLOW WHEN IT IS SWITHCED ON. IT TAKES AGES FOR IT TO BOOT UP AND IT'S DRIVING ME MAD. WHAT CAN I DO ?? ANY IDEAS ??
Thanks for your mail; I have included your text below as most of these threads are followed by others who are interested but do not necessarily wish to post.
"After timing it last night, it took 2 mins 45 secs. Any ideas??"
I have just done the same test. I run NIS and it gives me a pop-up saying when everything is loaded. Here are my results.
Full Desktop visible: 1 min 20sec
Egg timer icon finished: 1min 50sec.
NIS - All programs loaded screen: 2min 45secs.
So your figure is not that unusual.
If you wish to reduce it a little Get a pencil & Paper to note down what you have done as unremembered errors can cause "mucho heartache" > Make a System Restore Point > type msconfig into the Run Box > view the Start-up and the Services Tabs > un-tick a couple, no more, of the least essential items (often from programs that you may no longer use) and Close msconfig.
Turn off the PC. Turn on again and repeat the process. Only remove from the Start Up process items that you can identify as unneeded. Others may add to what I have told you here but realistically speaking you are only going to remove 10 or 20 seconds at the very most.
I believe that "flecc" got his "Strewth" interface to boot in about 30 seconds but stripping down windows is not for most of us plebes
If you ask me, NIS is the main culprit here (I would have said the same even if you didn't post the times).
Untick everything to do with NIS (there may be 4-5 items or more) in msconfig > Startup list, then time your start up.
IMHO 2min 45secs is not that bad really. I suggest after switching on: get yourself a glass of water (or hot drink in colder weather) / visit the loo / give your partner a cuddle / etc / etc. You'll be pleasantly surprised how fast your PC begins to boot up : ) G
to get more RAM buy some RAM memory that is compatible with your Motherboard. Usually the Place to put the RAM will be on the top Right of the Motherboard. It Place it inside the little black container and close the white plastic latches. Turn your computer on and see if it works. If it doesn't get a professional to do it.