|Please ! Answer the rest of the questions I asked in my last post !|
What anti-malware software do you have installed ?
"I have IE7 "
On second thought, it's recommended you use IE 8 these days.
IE 9 is out but it probably still has bugs - don't load that yet. The bugs in IE 8 have pretty well all been removed by now.
"....i did not keep track of what i did...."
"....compare your Services list - what is Enabled, Started, Automatic, etc., etc., with someone else's computer that is running XP, and make your settings the same."
" .... how could you find out how much RAM you have?"
I always know how much ram I have, or if I'm working on someone else's computer, I can find out in a few seconds.
You can find how much ram you have several ways.....
- Run System Information
e.g. - Start - Run - type: msinfo32 , click OK or press Enter
All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Information
It's beside the entry
Total Physical Memory
on the right hand side of the window that pops up.
- Run System Properties
E.g. RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties
or Control Panel - (Classic view) - System
It's on the first window that pops up, on the right
- it may be on the top of the first black screen you see when you're booting, but you may have no video at that point and might not see that unless you Restart Windows.
- it's in the bios Setup, usually on the first screen you see, or on the first screen you can select in the top bar on the left end.
If your mboard has onboard video - video built into the mboard - and if you're using that, and you do not have a video card in a mboard slot that you're using, some mboard bioses subtract the amount of installed ram that is shared with the video from the total amount of ram, some don't.
Whatever total ram amount the bios reports is what Windows reports.
The size of, and the free space left on, the partition Windows is on, which is usually C (there will be a \Windows folder on it). .
Hold your mouse cursor over it's drive letter in My Computer or Windows Explorer
- you'll see
Free Space: xxx
Total Size: xxx
RIGHT click on the drive letter - Properties
- you'll see
Used space: xxx
Free Space: xxx
Another way of correcting your Services list.
Doing this is tedious but it will save you time overall.
Make a folder on your C drive in My Computer - call it Junk
(Double click on the C drive letter.
at the top, click on File - New - Folder.
The folder will be at the bottom of the page with New Folder in blue beside it.
Select the box the blue New Folder is in.
Type Junk on the box where New Folder is.
Click anywhere on a blank part of the screen to save the Junk folder name.
You should see a folder Junk.
If the name is wrong, or New Folder, RIGHT click on the folder, select Rename, and try naming it Junk again.
The next time you look at C, the Junk folder will be listed in the folder list alphabetically.)
Start - Run - type: cmd , click OK, or press Enter.
In the black window
sc query state= all > C:\Junk\services_settings.txt , press Enter
(a space after sc, query, =, all, >
No space between state and =)
That makes a list of your Services and what their present settings are - in a text file services_settings.txt in C:\Junk .
Close the black window.
Start - All Programs - Accessories - Wordpad
Open the services_settings.txt file in C:\Junk.
(at the top - File - Open - Look in - select C - then the folder Junk
Change the Files of type setting to
Text Documents (*.txt)
Select services_settings.txt, then Open )
(at the top - File - Print)
Take the printed list to somewhere where you can look at someone else's Services list in XP.
Compare your list to their Services and their settings.
For the Services of yours that are the same, note which ones have different settings and mark down the differences on your list - what the other computer's settings are.
Go to your computer and correct the Services settings that are different, going by what you noted in your list.
Computer users don't normally mess with the Services settings unless they know what they're doing. You should have wrote down what you changed in which Services.