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Computer Running Slow
« on: June 25, 2008, 06:17:39 PM »
My computer is running slow what steps can I do to fix it?

This issue can be caused by any of the below possibilities.

Hard disk drive is short on available disk space.
Several software programs have been installed/uninstalled leaving behind bad files and/or confusing the software.
Data Corruption.
Computer is overheating.
Bad Hardware.
Additional information:
If your Internet is slow this document does not contain information about this issue.
PC Solution:

Below are steps for Microsoft Windows that should help speed up the computer or determine why the computer is running slow.

Not enough hard disk drive space

If you have a hard disk drive that is 2GB or smaller, ensure that there is at least 200MB of hard disk drive space free. If you have a hard drive larger than this size, verify that there is at least 500MB of free hard disk space. This available space allows the computer to have room for the swap file to increase in size as well as room for temporary files. See document CH000528 for additional information about regaining lost hard disk drive space.

Hard drive corrupted or fragmented

Run Scandisk or something equivalent to help ensure that there is nothing physically wrong with the computer hard disk drive.

Run Defrag to help ensure that data is arranged in the best possible order.

Background programs

Remove or disable any TSRs or programs that automatically start each time the computer boots. See document CHTSR for additional information.

Hardware conflicts

Verify that the Device Manager has no conflicts, but if conflicts are present, resolve them.

Issues with Windows XP prefetch

If you have Windows XP try deleting all files in the prefetch directory. These are prefetch files and can lower system resources if loading programs no longer being used. See our prefetch definition for additional information about prefetch.

Issues in Windows 95 / 98 autoexec.bat / config.sys

If you are using Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98 and do not plan on running any MS-DOS programs from MS-DOS, click Start / Run / type command and press enter. In the MS-DOS window type cd\ to get to C:\> then type "ren autoexec.bat" and "ren config.sys". This will rename your autoexec.bat and config.sys and help make sure memory is being optimized through Windows.

Computer or processor is overheating

Make sure your computer and processor is not overheating, excessive heat can cause a significant decrease in computer performance some processors will even lower the speed of the processor automatically to help compensate for the heat related issues.

Specific operating system basic troubleshooting

Try running through the basic troubleshooting steps for your operating system.

Erase computer and start over

 Finally, if none of the above solutions resolve your issues, it is recommended that you either reinstall Windows and/or erase everything and then start over.
Hardware issues

If your computer continues to be slow after going over each of the above recommendations it's possible that your computer is experiencing a more serious hardware related issue such as a failing component in the computer. This could be a failing or bad CPU, RAM, Motherboard, or other component.


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Re: Computer Running Slow
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2008, 10:19:35 PM »
i think ur pc required format.


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Re: Computer Running Slow
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008, 08:02:17 AM »
there are 28 easy steps. it might take a bit long to apply them all especially if you're not familiar with windows registry, but trust me it worth it.
 Ok now here it carefully...coz i wont accept any questions about it...
 1. Processor scheduling should be set to background services and not Programs.
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance Settings > Advanced Tab > Background Services
 2. Visual effects should be set to a minimum.
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance Settings > Visual Effects Tab > Adjust for best performance
 3. Switch Off Desktop Background Image
 Right Click Desktop > Properties > Desktop Tab > Background None
 4. Disable Screen Saver
 Right Click Desktop > Properties > Screen Saver > None
 5. Disable Fast User Switching
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > User Accounts > Change the way users log on or off > Untick Use Fast User Switching
 6. Switch Off Power Schemes
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power Options > Always On > Turn off monitor and turn off hard discs to Never
 7. Switch Off Hibernation
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > Power Options > Hibernate > Untick Hibernation
 8. Activate DMA on Hard Discs/CD ROMS
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Hardware > Device Manager > IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers > Right Click Primary IDE channel and Secondary IDE channel > Properties > Advanced Settings Tab > Tra
 9. Disable System Sounds
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Sounds Tab > Sound Scheme to None.
 10. Do Not Map Through Soundcard
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > Sounds and Audio Devices > Hardware Tab > (highlight your soundcard from the list) > Properties > Audio Devices > (highlight your soundcard from the list) > Properti
 11. Disable System Restore
 Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > System Restore Tab. Tick the "Turn off System Restore on all Drives"
 12. Disable Automatic Updates
 Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Automatic Updates > Turn off automatic updating. I want to update my computer manually
 13. Startup and Recovery Options
 Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Advanced > Startup and Recovery Settings > Untick Automatically Restart
 14. Disable Error Reporting
 Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Advanced > Error Reporting > Disable Error Reporting
 15. Disable Remote Assistance
 Start > Settings > Control Panel> System > Remote > Untick Allow remote assistance invitations to be sent from this computer
 16. Fix Swap File (Virtual Memory)
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Advanced > Performance Settings > Advanced > Virtual Memory Change > Custom Size. Set initial and maximum size to the same value
 17. Speed Up Menus
 Start > Run > Regedit > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Control Panel > Desktop Folder. Set MenuShowDelay to 1
 18. Disable Offline Files
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > Folder Options > Offline Files Untick "Enable Offline Files"
 19. Disable Remote Desktop
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > System > Remote > Untick "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer"
 20. Disable Internet Synchronise Time
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > Date and Time > Internet Time > Untick "Automatically synchronize with internet time server"
 21. Disable Hide Inactive Icons
 Start > Settings > Taskbar and Start Menu > Taskbar TAB > Uncheck "Hide Inactive Icons"
 22. Disable Automatic Desktop Cleanup Wizard
 Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display > Desktop > Customise Desktop > Untick "Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days"
 23. Disable NTFS Last Access Time Logging (NTFS File Systems Only)
 Start > Run > regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Control > Filesystem. Add a new DWORD value - "NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate" and set value to 1.
 24. Disable Notification Area Balloon Tips
 Start > Run > regedit > HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced. Create a new DWORD value called EnableBalloonTips and set to 0.
 25. Disable CDROM Autoplay
 Start > Run > regedit > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > System > CurrentControlSet > Services > Cdrom. Set autorun to 0.
 26. Disable Disc Indexing Service
 Right Click Start > Explorer > Right Click Each Disc > Properties > Untick "Allow Indexing Service to index this disc for fast file searching"
 27.Restart ur pc...enjoy!!


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Re: Computer Running Slow
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2008, 08:20:16 AM »
With the amount of information available for download on the internet, its easy to quickly fill up your valuable hard drive space and turn your computer into a sluggish, unresponsive monster. Keeping your hard drive clean is essential to the high performance that the latest computers can achieve. Fortunately, its a simple process; one that can easily be performed on a regular basis and, with some organization, keep your computer running like a well-oiled machine.

You can discover how much hard drive space is available on your computer by accessing the DriveSpace program in your System Tools. A pie graph will show you the amount of used and unused space for each of your drives. Check this often to keep an idea of how much space you are using.

There are six simple steps to clearing up your hard drive:

1. Uninstall unused programs.

Many times a new program will come along that looks fun to have or play with, but after a week or two you simply stop using it. These programs clutter up your drive and take up valuable space. You might be tempted to delete these programs from your drive, but doing so will cause problems. You must use the uninstall function of Windows for the program to be removed safely and completely.

2. Clean out temporary files.

When your computer is not shut down properly, it will pass information from memory into fragmented files. Also, while you are running programs, your computer will write information that it does not immediately need into temporary files. Installation files will also expand themselves into the temporary folder and will not always clean up after themselves. You can delete these temporary files safely by using the Disk Cleanup option in your System Tools.

3. Empty your internet cache.

As you surf the internet your computer stores web pages and images into a temporary internet cache so that it can quickly recall and access information when you move back and forth between pages. This backup information can quickly add up and eat hard drive space.

Whether you use Internet Explorer, Netscape, or one of the many other browsers available, emptying out your cache is quick and easy. Simply follow the instructions in the Help files located within those programs. You may also wish to set a specific maximum file size for your cache folder, so that it is not allowed to run rampant.

4. Empty your mail programs of clutter.

Its easy to browse through your email and leave old messages there, promising yourself youll sort them out later. One or two messages dont take up much space, but hundreds certainly do. Take the time to sort through these old emails now and delete what is not important. Create folders and organize what is left. Make it a habit that when new emails come in, they are either filed immediately or thrown away. Set your email program to empty your deleted items folder each time you close your mail program.

5. Empty your recycle bin.

Once youve emptied your drive of cluttering, unecessary programs; empty your recycle bin to remove what has been placed there in the process.

6. Scandisk and Defrag.

When Windows installs programs, it will put the files it needs anywhere that it finds free space, and not directly after the last program installed. As a result, your hard drive has patches of empty space on it that are not big enough to fit a full program, and will result in a drive space error if you attempt to install something new. Scandisk your drive to check for lost file fragments and to fix any errors it finds, then Defrag to pack all of the program files together at the beginning of your drive. This will clear out those empty patches and move all of the free space youve just created to the end of your drive.

Now that youve got it clean, keep it that way. Perform this quick maintenance routine every week. For your work computer, Friday afternoon before you leave for the weekend is the perfect time. When you return to work on Monday, youll have a computer that is clutter-free and as responsive as it should be.

Organize your surfing habits. Direct all of your downloads to the same folder, so that you can easily find them and delete them when necessary, or move them to zip disks for storage. Keep track of the programs that you install. For trial versions, note the date that they will expire on a calendar. This will remind you to uninstall the programs that you can no longer use rather than allowing them to clutter up your drive. Also, if you run into problems, keeping track of new downloaded and installed programs and the date they were installed can help you track down the cause of problems.

Remember that the cleaner your hard drive is, the better your machine will respond! In order for your computer to be user friendly, it must have a friendly user. Be your computers best friend and clean out the cobwebs regularly.


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Re: Computer Running Slow
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008, 07:10:15 AM »
If "Computer" takes a really long time to open on your computer, you
are most likely experiencing a well-known issue where Windows hangs
while trying to search for network folders and printers before displaying
anything to you.

Open up Folder Options from the Tools menu in Windows Explorer:
Then choose the View tab:

Uncheck the box for "Automatically search for network folders and
printers", and close the dialog.


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Re: Computer Running Slow
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2008, 10:49:51 PM »
just chang ur ram to 1gb


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