Windows 2000 speed?

April 24, 2009 at 23:02:59
Specs: Windows 2000 Pro with SP4, Celeron667Mhz, 786MB RAM
Hi, I'm using Windows 200 Pro with SP2.
I installed it about 2 weeks ago and it seems to run a bit slow. Would XP be faster on my system? Any advice would be great, Thanks.

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April 25, 2009 at 05:37:08
I found them to both be more or less the same performance-wise. If it seems slow, it's likely your system that's the issue (ie: not enough RAM, older/slower CPU etc).

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April 25, 2009 at 08:28:07
You definitely have a weak CPU in the Celeron plus it only runs at 66MHz FSB. Win2000 has lower memory requirements than WinXP so you have plenty of RAM, but that 66MHz FSB speed is a real deal killer.

Are all your drivers up to date? Which antivirus program are you running? Do you have a lot of 3rd party software installed? Is there a large number of programs loading at startup? Win2000 doesn't include MSCONFIG but the XP version will work...all you have to do is download it & place it in the system32 folder. Then run it to disable any useless programs from loading at startup.

MSCONFIG is the last one on this list:

Here's how to use it:

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April 25, 2009 at 09:17:35
I don't have a lot of 3rd party software installed.
I use Avira AntiVir Premium Security Suite. It includes a built in firewall as well & is very light on resources.

I use Xp with no service pack on this same pc awhile back (as well as ME, 98SE...) and if i remember correctly it worked faster then 2K. That's why i was asking.

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April 25, 2009 at 12:24:30
As jam asked, did you install the motherboard chip set drivers and the other drivers specific to your Motherboard? If your hard drive is running in a PIO mode instead of a DMA mode you will see much slower performance.

What size is your hard drive?

Look at the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers in Device Manager to see if you are running in a DMA mode.

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April 28, 2009 at 20:00:22
2 IDA HDD's combined for a total of 50GB. No chipset drivers installed, i don't think i'll be able to find them.

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April 29, 2009 at 05:31:57
Why do you think the drivers are not available? Post the make and model of your motherboard or the model of your computer.

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April 29, 2009 at 22:36:38
I've run 2k pro on weaker rigs “think as low as 450 mhz” and had it run pretty snappy. I would find out what the chipset is [as othehill stated]. Even tho your vender probably doesn't have them I'm willing to bet the chipset mfg does. Are you running a add on graphics card? Even an old 16meg pci will help that cpu. Turn off indexing and locking the page file size might help. But start with the chipset driver as that controls the north and south bridge chips and can greatly effect 2ks bus transfers. Btw hi jam and othehill.

on the road again!!

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