Win 98 running very slow,why?

  LAP 22:38 15 May 2004

A friend of mine is running win 98 128ram 10.1 gb. Just recently it has started running very slow, software loads up as if being built by a one armed brick layer. He has not loaded on anything recently and has been deleting progs etc via add/remove and done a defrag. No change.

Also his desk top shortcuts revert back to auto arrange after shut down. If he changes his desk top picture and shuts down this reverts back to an older one. Could this be connected to his problem?

I have checked all previous posting relating to Win 98 without any luck. Any ideas will be much appreciated. Thank you.

  Diodorus Siculus 22:53 15 May 2004

Check for spyware:

click here
AdAware click here
Spybot-S&D click here

Clear temp files: internet and others.

  GaT7 22:58 15 May 2004

Also run a 'thorough' Scandisk scan.

  Strawballs 00:14 16 May 2004

Has your friend got a lot of programs in the start menu(Lots of icons in the bottom right hand corner ofthe task bar) if so go to >start>programs>accesories>system tools>system information>tools>system config utilities click on the start up tab then uncheck everything that you don't need running all the time eg office , quicktime etc make sure you leave things like systray,explorer any anti virus, firewall that you may be using but if you do remove something that causes a prob you can go back in and recheck

  canard 14:10 16 May 2004

Empty temp internet files and slim down in and out boxes in OE any help?

  Stuartli 14:48 16 May 2004

Easier to type misconfig in the Run box...:-)

  Stuartli 14:49 16 May 2004

Then use the Advanced tab if my memory serves me correctly to remove unwanted items at Startup - reboot needed.

But leave essentials on including the two matching entries regarding "power" or similar.

  johnnyrocker 14:50 16 May 2004

or even msconfig;))


  woodchip 14:53 16 May 2004

Or even startup tab

  LAP 17:43 16 May 2004

Thanks all very much I will pass on your suggestions and let you know how he gets on.. Cheers..

  Stuartli 17:57 16 May 2004

Great minds think alike...:-)

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