Slow Windows XP

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BamaMindy

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Ok I have an HP Pavillion, which I just bought a new Dell with Windows XP. Since I can't use the disc that came with the dell to bring this old one up to speed, what can I do? Any information you need let me know how to get and I will. I just this one up to speed cause it will still be used.

Thanks in Advance.
 
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Let's see if we can see what is slowing it down:

Download and install HijackThis using the "self extractor". Run it and select "do a system scan and save the log file". Then copy/paste the contents of the log to a reply

http://www.thespykiller.co.uk/files/hijackthis_sfx.exe


>> also:

It might be helpful to give specific answers to these questions:

1 > is it very slow to boot up?
2 > do programs open slowly?
3 > does the same behavior occur both offline and on?
4 > does it matter how long the system has been on, and does a restart improve things?

Slow performance issues can often be due to overheating, so if the system is faster after it has been shutdown for a while and then restarted -- that would be especially suspect. To check for possible problems here, shutdown, open the case and blow out any accumulated dust. Then turn it on and check to see that the fan is working. Sometimes it helps to physically clean the fan. Programs are available that can help monitor temperatures as well.

5 > if you do a ctrl-alt-del, do any processes show excess cpu usage, other than System Idle Process?

6 > if you open the Device Manager (windows+pause/break > Hardware > Device Manager) and select the entry for IDE ATA/Atapi and select the Primary IDE, does it say the "current transfer mode" is DMA or PIO?

If it says PIO, select the driver tab and uninstall the driver and reboot. Then check again.
 
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