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Speed up programs for the PC

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Markcw98, Nov 23, 2011.

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  1. Markcw98

    Markcw98 Thread Starter

    Dec 7, 2009
    I know we all get the same spam mail that tells us to download this or that program for FREE and it is guaranteed to speed up that old, lethargic PC. Are there any recommended programs that really do work? Or, is it just time to re-image the PC when it starts to really slow down?

    I have seen a recent add for "Finallyfastpc.com" as an example. Bad idea? This would be helping a friend with his older XP PC from HP. Thanks.

  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

    Jan 29, 2006
    Avoid those type of progs, as advised in TSG library:

    "Registry cleaners, though called vital tools by companies that create them, are unnecessary and potentially dangerous programs.

    From Elvandil:
    There is no reason to ever clean the registry. It doesn't make the system faster and only risks damage. It's like Russian Roulette with no prize for not losing.
    Search for "reg cleaners" or "registry cleaners" in the forum and see what you find. Better yet, do a web search for "I used a registry cleaner".
    Relying on an automated process to delete things from such a fragile place as the registry isn't the best idea. We get lots of redo's on systems because people, as soon as we leave, install ALL SORTS of registry cleaners and do so much damage that they are back in the shop.
    Windows uses a binary search when looking up keys, which means that even to look up a key in 4.2 billion keys it needs to look at maximally 32 keys. It isn't going to make the slightest bit of difference if there are a half-million obsolete keys present.
    Then, there are the registry repair programs. Those people should be shot. If you look at the proposed "fixes" in some piece of junk like WinDoctor, you will find that over 90% of the "fixes" the program plans to make are wrong. They are introducing new errors into the registry which these things will now say are "correct". If it finds a missing Help file, for example, it will create a new link to the next Help file it finds, not the one that is missing and not the correct Help file for the application that is missing one. Only a human would notice the difference."

    Hope this helps?

  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    There are several ways to speed up and improve performance in a computer, but using cleaner/booster/optimizer/tuneup/tweak type programs is NOT one of them.

    The only thing they will do is damage Windows and break programs and cause you even more problems.


    What's the model name and model number of that old HP?

    If you don't know for sure, advise what the product number(P/N) and/or model number(M/N) on the HP sticker is.

  4. Zygmo


    Feb 21, 2009
    You also have to be very careful with the anti-spyware programs. Many of those are actually spyware programs themselves.

    If a program that is not your regular antivirus pops up suddenly and says it has found malware and will clean it for you now, and starts what appears to be cleaning, but will not stop: if you can't stop it by clicking end program, or alt-control-delete, then power off your computer any way you can...even pulling the plug. If you do this before the so-called malware remover finishes...you will probably be ok when you reboot.

    Never allow an unknown program from the net automatically start doing something without getting your permission first. ANY program that will not stop loading when you ask it to should be looked at with suspicion.
  5. pyritechips

    pyritechips Gone but Never Forgotten

    Jun 2, 2002
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    Old computers - assuming the OS is clean and optimized - are best served by:

    • Increasing the RAM as much as possible.
    • Keep the startup list in msconfig to a minimum.
    • Keeping the bad stuff out by having effective security apps and staying away from questionable sites.
    • Keeping the OS and all software up to date to patch security risks.
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    I concur with that.

    All my older computers are maxed out with RAM.

    Nothing but the antivirus program auto-starts in the startup list.

    Nothing is installed that isn't needed and used on a regular basis.

    Windows and all programs are kept up-to-date.

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