Windoows xp pro 64 bit

  muffin1947 17:40 14 Jul 2008

My son who has just done a bit of work on my computer says it is slow loading windows.He says I should get windows XP Pro 64 Bit.But that seems very expensive to me.Is there a site where I can get it cheaper or better still free.What difference would it make to my computer.At the moment I use XP Professional.

  Ronnie268 17:56 14 Jul 2008

Can you tell us specs for your PC.

A 64bit OS makes a very little difference.

Better would be to get more RAM or a quicker processor.

Ronnie 268

  kjrider 18:43 14 Jul 2008

I have XP 64 and it works fine, but its not a solution for a slow running pC.

I agree with Ronnie268. You may need to de-frag, get rid of viruses or spyware.

Also check the start up to see how many things you are loading up.


  bluto1 19:29 14 Jul 2008

Another check worth doing is how full is your Hard Drive. This has been found, on this forum, to have been responsible for very slow PCs.

  muffin1947 20:29 14 Jul 2008

Thanks for the replies.....I am using XP Pro,Have checked the hard drive and it is more than half full went on to defrag and got the message no need to defrag and I have run all my up to date anti virus and nothing was found.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:38 14 Jul 2008

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 :-
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
Spywareblaster click here
a2 click here
Windows Defender click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubXP 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/\ 20:39 14 Jul 2008

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, 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.

  muffin1947 22:04 14 Jul 2008

My current protection at the moment is Spyware blaster,Superantispyware,Zone Alarm,Antivir and windows defender.I keep them all up to date and run them daily.

  MAT ALAN 22:09 14 Jul 2008

slow loading windows!!!

could be the amount of progs you have loading at startup or any progs you have set to scan at startup, you might want to check for this...

  Strawballs 22:11 14 Jul 2008

If it is only slow to start then as said before go to start>Run then type msconfig and hit enter then choose statup tab and see how many items are ticked, you don't need to many things running from startup only when you want to use them, just leave your anti-virus any wireless keyboards and things that need to run all of the time and untick everything else. That will make quite a big difference to startup iof there is a lot running.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:19 14 Jul 2008

"My current protection at the moment is Spyware blaster,Superantispyware,Zone Alarm,Antivir and windows defender.I keep them all up to date and run them daily."

Ok forget being slowed by spyware or viruses.

If programs are slow to load I would get the Hard drive settings as per 2 a) on my previuos posting.

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