|"How can i increase the speed of my pc without changing the processor or buying a new ram"|
CCleaner will help clear out some of the garbage files, but adding more RAM is the only way to really increase the speed of your system. There are a few things you can try that *may* perk things up a little, but 256MB simply isn't enough to run XP very well. You should at least double the RAM amount to 512MB, more would be even better. If you download CCleaner, be sure to get CCleaner Slim which doesn't include the Yahoo toolbar. And if you have any toolbars installed (Yahoo, Google, etc), uninstall them. They're both spyware & they slow the system.
Here's a few other suggestions:
- open My Computer, right click on C:, select Properties, then uncheck the box next to "Allow Indexing Service....". Wait for it to do it's thing. Repeat these steps for any other partitions you may have.
- right click on My Computer, select Properties, click the Advanced tab. Under Performance, click Settings, then select Adjust for best performance....that will remove ALL the checks from choices on that menu. Now scroll to the bottom & put a check next to the last 3 entries on the list, then click Apply.
- run MSCONFIG from the start menu & disable as many entries from the startup list as possible. Here's an explanation:
You can also do the same thing by running CCleaner, then clicking Tools, then Startup...look over the list & either disable or delete what isn't necessary.
- scan for viruses & spyware regularly. And use a lightweight AV program, not a resource hog such as Norton or McAfee.
- defrag the HDD regularly.
You can download plenty of free software here: