slow computer best speeup programs

  pulteny 12:14 18 Jul 2014

Hi all, Could I ask for advise about all the FREE programs which claim to speed up your system. I RUN WINXP HAVE 3GB MEMORY AND 3.4GHERTS SPEED IT IS EIGHT YEARS OLD.

Regards pulteny.

  Jollyjohn 12:45 18 Jul 2014

Shh, please don't shout.

Start- Run - Msconfig - start up tab. This will show you everything that starts when Windows starts. Untick all but your anti virus, reboot.

Look for Ccleaner - download and install - Run the Cleaner section, then Registry, then look through Tools, installed programs - uninstall any you don't use. Run registry again, run cleaner again - reboot.

I can't recomend any of the so called "optimiser" programs, haven't found any that have done the trick and too many have led to malware being installed on the PC and thereby slowing it down. I fix computers on a part time basis and a lot of my time is spent removing these so called optimiser programs and removing the browser hijackers they install so be very careful what you download.

  spuds 12:50 18 Jul 2014

Its just not a case of finding a 'speedup' programme, because there are a number of other things that might need consideration, like the speed your ISP is providing for one.

Other suggestions would be in the line of regular maintenance and clean-ups of your machine or device, which you have stated is eight years old running WINXP, and possibly by its best use by date now?.

Do you do regular clean-ups and updates, if so, what existing programmes do you use. Have you tried any recent ISP speed tests, and if you have, what have been the results, and have the results been constant throughout the day.

Personally, I would have no problem in recommending CCleaner, Wise Care 365, Clary Utilities, Toolwiz Care, Smart Defrag as the more gentler of programmes to try. But like all things, you have to read and understand the instructions and how the work first (advice is always readily available, if not sure). Programmes stating that they will speed-up a computer three-fold are just not possible, if your ISP or lack of maintenance are not upto scratch?.

  wee eddie 13:24 18 Jul 2014

Spuds is right, YOU are the best program!

Housekeeping is the way.

All my experience is with CCleaner but much of this speed thing is perception. Turn your PC on and then make your tea, rather than the other way around.

Download this Secunia to keep all the Software you NEED up to date. Delete all those programs that you don't need.

Defragment regularly: Windows has its own but it's somewhat slow. Leave it overnight and close all other software, including Screensavers.

  BillSers 13:50 18 Jul 2014

and don't forget to defrag. I use Auslogics which has an added option to 'optimise' which moves data to be read faster.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:43 18 Jul 2014

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in CCleaner 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. see

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) 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 7">[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, Vista or Windows 7 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 Your memory could be failing try memtest

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. 7">Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  pulteny 11:44 19 Jul 2014

Hi all thank you for reply's.

Sorry for shouting must have hit the Caps lock. I have C cleaner and defrag regularly.Will take some time to digest what has been said up to present. Regards pulteny.

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