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XP laptop stuck in low gear....help???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Navale, Aug 11, 2014.

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  1. Navale

    Navale Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a laptop with XP that has become unworkable because it is always "thinking" and takes forever to access or do anything. I have MS security essentials and I need help please.

    It is an oldish Dell and I just want to be able to use it to do the basics and browse remotely.

    Can anyone please walk me through what I can do to clean it up and get it working to a decent standard?

    thanks,
    Navale
     
  2. valis

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    the four steps I use for a 30k mile checkup:

    1. Run TFC by OldTimer (link and directions below)
    2. Run ntregopt
    3. Run pagedefrag
    4. Defrag the harddrive.

    In that order.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Clear Cache/Temp Files
    Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
    • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
    • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
    • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
    • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.

    Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
    It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
    Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
    Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.
     
  3. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

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    Are these the SAME specs of the computer you're referring to?

    If they are and it's still running with only 512 MB of RAM, it's going to have the speed and performance of a turtle.

    Its motherboard has 4 slots and supports up to 4 GB(4096 MB) of RAM.

    My advice is to install a 512 MB module in all 4 slots so it's running with 2 GB(2048 MB) of RAM.

    It uses 184-pin, DDR PC2700(DDR333), 2.5 volt, unbuffered, non-ECC modules.

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