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Programs Open Slow

August 15, 2005 at 08:18:49
Specs: Windows ME, 512MB

My computer is hurting! It takes up to 20 seconds to start programs, but once I open the program (Explorer, Word, Etc,) it runs just fine. My system says I have about 300MB of my 512MB of Ram available, not sure if that's acceptable or not. ( I am not much of a computer guy when it comes to this stuff.)

Here's what I've done this weekend.
Defragged
Scan Disk
Disk Clean-up
Used Registry Cleaner
Used Spybot spyware
Used Adware-SE

Not sure what to do next besides re-install windows. Any other ideas? I am now lost.


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#1
August 15, 2005 at 10:43:20

Have you tried , cntrl/alt/del to see what you have running that is taking your resorces??
Also try start/run/ type in; msconfig and clik on start up to see what you can uncheck that you dont need running
Or check out this helpfull link
How To Run Win ME Well

" You're only as safe as your last update "


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#2
August 15, 2005 at 10:53:05

Thanks for the feedback Bob. I have done both of those and ran the system with only systray and explorer active and have the same problem.

Not sure if I picked up a virus recently and it's not getting cought by spybot. I don't have a recent version of Norton running and don't want to invest in it if the odds of it fixing the problem a small.


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#3
August 15, 2005 at 11:03:42

Try this great and free Antivirus
AVG FREE
Zone Alarm Free Firewall
Ive been using these for a few years now and they work great
Also have you tried a system restore to a earlier date ?? Which may also correct the problem
And then if all else fails it may be time for a reinstall, there could be some corrupt files

" You're only as safe as your last update "


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#4
August 15, 2005 at 14:52:32

yeah, Bob' right Jeremy, do a format, reinstall........solves all probs.

another GREAT tip i picked up fer speeding up your PC, is to set your PC to Network Server (instead of Desktop PC). Right-click My Computer/Properties/Performance Tab/File System/"Typical Role Of This Computer"/.....Reboot


the second time you load a program......it loads immediately.

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#5
August 16, 2005 at 01:16:40

A nice tiny tool to have shows who is using clock cycles in real time: WinTop. It's part of the W95 kernal toys and works with W9x and ME.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows95/downloads/contents/WUToys/W95KernelToy/Default.asp

Download the 50KB file and put it in it's own empty folder, doubleclick the W95KRNLTOYS.EXE and it will extract all the files. Read the WINTOP.TXT file. The non-wintop files can be discarded as they are already built into ME.

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