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08-Sep-2012, 02:15 PM #1
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Will I be opening a can of worms for myself if I use the registry cleaner of ccleaner on my old Dell desktop? Currently its running quite slow. I'm aware it only has 250 or 500 MB of ram but haven't tried to increase mem since I only use it to send faxes. I've used the cleanup tool and it seems to work fine. I've also deleted all the startup programs I can. In the past I've been cautioned not to use the registry cleaner of ccleaner. Otherwise what's the latest opinions on speeding up an older slow cpu?
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08-Sep-2012, 02:43 PM #2
Please use the TSG System Info tool to let Tech's know the specs of your computer: http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe Copy and paste the results here in your thread.
Also, if its a brand name system like an Acer,Dell or HP, please post the exact model of the system.



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08-Sep-2012, 02:45 PM #3
Yes, Registry cleaners are best avoided as they can cause even more problems. Its best to address the real problem rather then blindly using software apps to hopefully guess right.

The proper way to address the slowness would be to add more memory, 256MB is not enough to run Windows XP sufficiently, even 512MB doesn't give a smooth performance with Windows XP anymore.

Have you considered switching to online fax service, or to a fax machine or all-in-one with faxing capability? You can also install a modem on a newer machine or use email instead of fax.
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08-Sep-2012, 02:56 PM #4
Thanks for the heads up on Ccleaner and staying away from registry cleaning. If I currently have 512MB and upgrade another 512MB do you believe that will give me sufficient memory to speed up the desktop?
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08-Sep-2012, 03:01 PM #5
It generally does, 1GB is the sweet point for Windows XP.

But it depends on the rest of the system too, if the system has a really old processor and a slow hard drive then the results may be less then expected.

You haven't mention the exact mode of Dell yet.
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08-Sep-2012, 05:29 PM #6
I'm using a Dell dimension 4600 i desktop with 512 MB. Running XP 5.1.2600 Home Ed with SP 3.
Wondering if the slowness is also the reason that when I shut down it takes forever to totally shut down and turnoff. One other problem but I may have to post a new thread. I have a folder on my desktop that I have deleted a dozen times but every time I boot up it reappears.
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OS Version: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Service Pack 3, 32 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz, x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 509 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) 82865G Graphics Controller, 96 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 38138 MB, Free - 13326 MB;
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09-Sep-2012, 12:30 AM #8
You may want to start a new thread for the other issues.

The Dimension 4600 will take four 1GB sticks for a maximum total of 4GB. 1GB generally is fine for most users, heavier users would want 2 to 3 GB.

Crucial site for memory: http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Dell-...-upgrades.html
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How easy/difficult is it to add RAM? Would someone walk me through it on this site? Also, where would I purchase memory sticks?
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09-Sep-2012, 11:43 AM #10
Flavallee has given you a good link to help you out with your ?

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How easy/difficult is it to add RAM? Would someone walk me through it on this site?
Removing And Installing Parts - Dell Dimension 4600 Series Service Manual

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Thanks.
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09-Sep-2012, 12:13 PM #13
Let's confirm what RAM modules(s) are currently in that desktop.

Go here and allow the Crucial System Scanner to load and run.

After it finishes and it displays a report, copy-and-paste the link to that report here so we can go there and view it.

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Does this mean I should purchase the 2 G kit for $59.99?
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