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Camlee98

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I'm working on my Father in-laws computer trying to get the speed up a bit. He has an emachine and is running xp with 1.7gig processor (intel) he has 128 megs of ram. I deleted a bunch of spyware and I now have a clean hjt log (thanks to Flrman1). But his computer is still running Sooooooo slow almost as bad as a Pentium 1 or 2 I click the start button and wait for it to open. Any help or ideas would be great!!
 
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First thing to do is upgrade the ram to 256 or more as 128 is just borderline to run XP.This will help speed it up no end.
 

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Pancake said:
First thing to do is upgrade the ram to 256 or more as 128 is just borderline to run XP.This will help speed it up no end.
Right on the money

Also check on your startup and see what you can turn off so to help on your memory

Start > Run > msconfig > startup
 
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Hi again Camlee98

Here are some routine maintenance practices that you should do on a regular basis to keep your machine running efficienly. I suggest you do all of the following:

Disk Cleanup:

http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_cleanup_utility.htm

Defrag your HD:

http://artsweb.bham.ac.uk/artsit/Info/Guides/GoodPractice/defrag-win2kxp.htm

Run chkdsk:

To use Chkdsk, click Start and My Computer. Right-click the hard drive you want to check, and click Properties. Select the Tools tab and click Check Now. Check both boxes. Click Start. You'll get a message that the computer must be rebooted to run a complete check. Click Yes and reboot. Chkdsk will take awhile, so run it when you don't need to use the computer for something else.

Remove unnecessary startups

This should be done through the System Configuration Utility. Go to Start > Run and type in msconfig.
Click OK or hit the Enter key.

Click on the "Startup" tab and remove the check by the items that you have determined are unnecessary. Click "Apply" then "Close"

You will be prompted to restart. Go ahead and restart.

Upon restart you will be confronted with a dialogue box warning about running in selective startup. Just ignore that message and put a check in the box by "Don't show me this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts" and click "OK". You will not be bothered by the message again.

Keep in mind that some entries will be re-enabled in the startups each time you use that particular program. Therefore, you will have to find the option in that programs preferences that says something like "Load with Windows" or "Run when Windows Starts" and disable that option.

Go here for info on msconfig:

http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm

You can look up the startups here to help determine what is needed and what is not:

http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php


You might also consider checking out Black Viper's guide to disabling some of the unnecessary services in XP here:

http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm
 
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