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.
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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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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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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August 15, 2005 at 11:03:42

Try this great and free Antivirus
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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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 loads immediately.

Central Coast
NSW Australia

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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.

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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