please help me speed up my old pc

  auspom 02:27 23 Nov 2010

i have a 9yr old pc that has kids using it now and its soooooooooo slow. can some one please give me as much detailed and idiot proof advice on how to clean it up so its faster. like how to click off un used programms that i dont even remember are on here etc.i am a silver surfer so please tell me in idiots terms. thankyou all in advance for any help.. take care you all

  Taff™ 08:00 23 Nov 2010

What Operating System is it using? (XP or Windows ME or earlier?)

Before we start let`s find out how much RAM is installed. Go to Start>Control Panel>System and you`ll find out from the general tab.

If it`s 512MB or less it may be worth increasing before we do a general clean up on the system which won`t improve it substantially if the RAM is insufficient.

  auspom 09:13 23 Nov 2010

hi and ty for your reply. i am runnibg xp and have 480mb of ram installed...

  gengiscant 09:33 23 Nov 2010

Oh dear that is way to little memory,if you go here and click on the scan my pc button,then agree to the installation, Crucial will tell you what much needed RAM upgrade you need and the type ,cost etc. click here

  birdface 10:02 23 Nov 2010

As it has been said you need more memory but i think with the age of the computer and what it is going to cost you for new memory would be better saved for spending on a new computer.
I had an oldish computer with Xp and put 2 Gb of new memory in at a cost of about £55 and it hardly made a bit of difference.
probably a reformat of your computer would make it run a fair bit quicker.
Do you still have the original XP disc.
If not you could borrow a disc as long as you still have the COA sticker on the back of the computer with the the Microsoft keycode on it.
maybe have a browse through this thread as it gives you some details on how to move some rubbish out and give you more room on your hard drive.Worth a read.

click here

Now try this.My Computer.Right click C Drive .properties.
press clean up and that will remove some of the junk.And before you click clean up it will tell you what size your hard drive is and how much space it has left in it.
let us know what size and how much space left in it.

  GaT7 17:17 23 Nov 2010

Install at least 512Mb more RAM if possible & do a clean OS reinstall & you should be OK. Before this, don't forget to do a thorough data backup & get all your install disks & product keys together (latter with the help of click here).

Also as buteman implied, the more free space a drive has the faster the system will run (click here). So if you have a drive that has only 30% or lower free space, a larger hard drive may also give it a significant boost. G

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:55 23 Nov 2010

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary 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
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance -
advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different 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 start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything
except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
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) Drivers
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.

  GaT7 18:10 23 Nov 2010

There's only so much you can do when it comes to cleaning & in the end not get very far.

Nothing like starting afresh as I mentioned before. G

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