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Windows XP runs slow...if it runs at all!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by cassienpoole, Apr 22, 2013.

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  1. cassienpoole

    cassienpoole Thread Starter

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    Dell Dimension E510 running Windows XP (service pack 3).

    I bought this desktop computer about a week ago off of Craigslist. I was running late that day so I didnt get to ask much more than I already stated. When I used it the first week it was slow but tolerable. As the days passed the speed slowed even more to programs not even responding. I also would like to erase all the user information and settings so I can start new with a decent working PC. My knowledge in computer software and program procedures etc. Just let me know if you need more specific information.
     
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    If you bought that Dell Dimension E510 desktop from Craig's List and it still contains all the programs and "debris" and issues from its previous owner, you need to do a clean reinstall of Windows XP SP3 and get a fresh start with it.

    What's the 7-character "service tag" number on one of the stickers?

    What's the complete version of Windows XP that's on the Microsoft Certificate-Of-Authenticity sticker that has the product key?

    Were you given any discs with that desktop?

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