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PC running very slow at start up!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Kindermann, Apr 17, 2010.

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  1. Kindermann

    Kindermann Thread Starter

    Apr 17, 2010
    I’m new to the forum and this is my first post. Apologies in advance if this isn’t the correct place to post this.

    I could really use some help or guidance. I’m running XP with Service pack 3 on a Dell Dimension 2400 series desk top. It has a Pentium 4 CPU 2.8 GHz with 512 MB Ram and a 40GB hard drive.

    For the last few months the machine has been running slower and slower, particularly on start up, to the point where it now takes at least 20 minutes between powering it up and getting it to access the net. Once up it’s not too bad. It’s slow, slower than I’d like, but at least it functions.
    I’ve tried the following already without success:
    • Running antivirus and anti spyware – Avira + Ad-aware
    • Restricting a number of unnecessary start up processes using msconfig
    • Deleting old or unused applications
    • Running CClean to delete temporary files etc
    • Running AML registry cleaner
    • Running “chkdsk” which showed no errors and defragmenting the disk
    I’ve ordered additional RAM from Dell (1GB) which I hope may improve things although I don't see that RAM would explain why it's running slower now than say this time last year.

    Could the hard drive be the problem? As mentioned though, nothing showed up on the scan. Or would it be worth trying to format and re-install XP? The only significant change I made to what's on the PC in the last couple of months was to load office 2007. Does this have a track record of slowing down machines?

    By the way, the machine is just over 5 years old now.

    I’d really appreciate any help you guys could give.

  2. Megabite


    Apr 5, 2008

    Does this mean the Hard drive is 5 years old too....have you cleaned the PC out of any dust......how much space is left on the hard drive?

    More memory will definitely help...
  3. Kindermann

    Kindermann Thread Starter

    Apr 17, 2010

    Yes the HD is 5 years old too. The machine's never been cleaned as such. Is this important...could it be a factor?

    I've got 10 GB of unused space at the moment.

    When you say more memory will help, could 512 MB cause this much of a problem? Does the quality of memory deteoriate with time?

  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    Increase the RAM to 2048 MB. 512 MB is way too little RAM to run Windows XP and its associated programs.

    Microsoft Office 2007 is definitely system-hungry.

    Stop using registry cleaners before you wind up with broken programs and a damaged operating system. They do nothing to improve performance or speed.

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