Slow PC

  dangerusone 17:37 14 Apr 2011

My PC is very slow to start up, the Windows XP sign comes up and then there is a black/blank screen for about 5 minutes. When it finally gets going if I click on My Computer it opens with a blank screen with no Drives/Printer/Webcam showing and on pressing Ctrl/Alt/Del I get the message My Computer - Not Responding, after a minute or so all the drives etc appear. When I go online the modem responds straight away and no problems browsing the web. The only security I'm running is Microsoft Essentials as I've been told that some Antivirus/Security programs could slow things down.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:04 14 Apr 2011
  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 MicroSoft Security Essentials Avast 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. Blackviper look for XP services pages

  1. 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 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 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 will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. for a guide to fitting memory.

  finerty 18:37 14 Apr 2011

You can download some of these software from

If you use firefox or can you download it look on you tube on how to speed it up.

  finerty 18:38 14 Apr 2011

woops sorry you can down load from:

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  dangerusone 20:10 14 Apr 2011

finerty I got CCleaner/Malwarebytes from FileHippo.

Fruit Bat I'll run the above programs and have a good look at MS Essentials, I'll also try and cut down on the programs running on start up.

One thought I got into my head was - could a piece of my memory have failed. I have 2GB, 1 at 1GB and 2 at 512MB.

  dangerusone 20:16 14 Apr 2011

Fruit Bat I went to - Start - Run and typed misconfig and I got the message Windows cannot find misconfig.

  birdface 20:35 14 Apr 2011

Try msconfig.

  dangerusone 21:55 14 Apr 2011

buteman. thanks for that,I'm losing it in my old age. msconfig was OK but It didn't seem to make any difference to the start up speed so I've changed the settings back to what they were. I've run full scans with MS Essentials/Malwarebytes/CCleaner but still the same lethargy. Thanks for all the replies so far, they are much appreciated.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:35 14 Apr 2011

Repair XP by replacing corrupt files Type

sfc /scannow

in the run box, press enter and let system file checker find and replace missing / corrupt file in windows and explorer.This will take awhile to complete and you may be asked for the CD to be in the drive if windows is not preinstalled on the hard drive.

sfc /scannow problems

  finerty 23:46 14 Apr 2011

to speed up firefox try this:

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