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slow running laptop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jdbecks, Oct 8, 2008.

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  1. jdbecks

    jdbecks Thread Starter

    Oct 8, 2008
    hey all,
    lately my laptop had been running pretty slow, takes awhile to load windows and some times having multiple windows opens can causes it to slow between them, it never use to,
    the spec of my Toshiba laptop is
    Duo core 2.3 t2700 processor
    2gb ram
    256 geforce go nvidia graphics card
    windows XP MCE
    erm is that enough?
    The other day i went to the Toshiba website and downloaded the latest drivers for my graphics card, bios etc. and opened my processes tab and there's loads!! here's two screen dumps, also if anyone has any idea can they explain it simply to me please :) cheers

  2. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Over time Windows systems slow down--boot takes longer as well as other operations. Reasons include extra processes running, Registry corruption, disk errors, etc. I've seen advice to do a fresh install of Windows every year to avoid this. Others run applications that are supposed to "clean" your system and disable seldom used services and search for other problems.

    My own habit is to try to fix individual problems but as soon as I get 2 or 3 that I have to live with, or the boot time gets excessive, I make sure I have my drivers and have all needed data backed up, do a disk check, format the disk, install Windows, etc. I recently did that on my Dell laptop and cut the boot time by 1/3.
  3. padutch


    Sep 1, 2001
    a good place to start is to clean house . ATF-Cleaner is a nifty free little program to delete all temp files cookies and a general cleanup . http://www.snapfiles.com/get/atfcleaner.html
    startup programs is another reason for poor and sluggish proformance . I have only four in the startup but have seen people with over 20 .Check this; http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml , and look here too; http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm , and click start, run, and then type in this; msconfig.exe to open up the System Configuration Tool, then click the startup tab, which also shows what starts and runs with XP. uncheck what you don't want to start up . And here is a helpful site to trim down some services; http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
    When done run defrag . Now download Hijackthis . Save it to your desktop . Run it and paste the log in your next post . Hope this has helped .
  4. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    From what I can see in your screenshots, your laptop has 65 - 68 processes running - which is excessive for Windows XP.

    If you can post a HijackThis log here, we'll be able to see what programs are running in the background and if any suspicious entries relating to "nasties" are present.

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