verry verry slow pc

  YAMA 07:04 16 Apr 2009

morning all you boffins, need realy good and easy to use help.
my son's PC, is just so slow you can catch it coming back. what I am saying is, that from the word go, switch on ---slow to show anything, to open a page is so flustrating slow its not true, the pc i know has a lot of junk. but i would have thought with the h/c 160 and only use 39gb, there was plenty of space, so please advice how to get the speed up, regards yamma

  ened 07:24 16 Apr 2009

I take it it has not always been slow.

Can he remember what he was doing just before it slowed down?

Had he just downloaded/
installed something?

Have you tried a System Restore to before it slowed down?

Look in Task Manager to see what is using the Resources (Press Ctrl+Alt+Del - together).

Start with that and get back.

  OTT_Buzzard 08:19 16 Apr 2009

junk = slow and you can fit an awful lot of junk in 39GB!

If it has got a lot of uneeded applications on it then uninstall them. Using a registry cleaner may have some benefit. Check what processes are loading at Windows startup (Run - msconfig - Startup) and 'uncheck' anything not required.

That's a start, but in all honesty for a normal use home PC, I don't know many people that wouldn't benefit from an operating system reload at least every 12 months (ok, that's controversial!)

  ened 08:55 16 Apr 2009


  iscanut 09:11 16 Apr 2009

Have you defragged the disk. Also run CCleaner click here and see how thing are then and report back.

  YAMA 16:16 16 Apr 2009

yes to all ,defrag. got rid of a lot, looks ok but still long winde on opening up or a programe regards yamma

  ened 16:28 16 Apr 2009

As OTT_Buzzard suggested (Run - msconfig - Startup)only disable everything.

  birdface 16:30 16 Apr 2009

Maybe try this to see if any drivers needing updated.its here What Security programs has he got downloaded including the Firewall.Maybe try Malwarebytes free version.Update it and run in Safe mode.

  Diemmess 16:41 16 Apr 2009

Have you run msconfig and unticked all but essential file on startup?
As OTT_Buzzard implied you only need basic system files plus AV and Firewall at startup.

Please confirm that he is using XP and how much RAM is available?

Try Control+Alt+Del and pick the Performance tag.
If the CPU is constantly high then something is wrong with some software not being found or, in conflict.

Try Control Panel > Admin tools > Event viewer, and choose System log. this should have a long list with blue (information) icons, but if there are any red or yellow entries which don't make sense, post back here with details.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:19 16 Apr 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/\ 17:19 16 Apr 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) 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.

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