Copying is very slow in xp

June 30, 2011 at 22:57:45
Specs: Windows XP, 2.6ghz/2gb ram
copying is very slow in windows xp
it takes 2 min to copy 50mb file
and opening a program is very slow..
what i have to do?????

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July 1, 2011 at 01:46:01
smkannan, how are you copying? Copy and duplicating aren't the same critter. 'Copy' normally takes place at 'machine' speed and is very fast while 'duplicating' is parsed and can be slowed by outside factors. In order to keep things at 'machine' speed, hilite the text to be copied, press Ctrl+C and navigate to the desired destination (open a new document?) and press Ctrl+V to paste the copy. Happens EXTREMELY quickly.
If, on the other hand, you are duplicating the desired text, a number of things can slow the process. Slowness is one of the more common complaints heard and it can have a number of causes. I'll enumerate a few of the more common and we'll hope that hits you.
Speed depends on memory and a lot of machines are right on the borderline when it comes to meeting required minimums so any added 'memory hog' has an adverse effect. Add memory? To be fast, XP needs at least 500 Megs IMHO and 1 Gig is better.
Sorta along those same lines is your startup menu. Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the startup menu. That usually only causes slow booting, but ... Take a look at what you have running in the background and be sure there aren't extras. Things you MUST have in order for Windows to be happy are listed @:

An overzealous firewall reading each item over and over can significantly slow things. Kinda along those same lines are temporary files. Search for *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*, .chk (c/p so there’re no errors) You should only have 1 file containing your currently active files. Delete any others found (tip: select all and delete. It’ll tell you which is active and can’t be deleted.).

A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it often.
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
Ed in Texas

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