How can I speed up my slow computer?

Dell Dimension 4550 desktop
January 31, 2011 at 09:22:16
Specs: Windows XP, 1 GB
I'm getting high usage screens and my computer is very slow. If high usage is the problem, how can I address that?

I have already done the routine things, ie deleting old internet files, my recycle bin etc. What else can I do?

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January 31, 2011 at 12:08:28
The amount of Files on your hard drive has NOTHING to do with your computer's speed. You have to uninstall running programs that are using up your RAM Memory not Disk Space. Look at you task manager and identify programs that are installed that you do not use. You could also run the following command and give us the out put...

tasklist > myprograms.txt

To run this go to the Command Prompt on your start menu and type the command verbatim. Open the newly created myprograms.txt located in your My Documents and paste the results.

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January 31, 2011 at 13:21:12
Deleting old files could help in some cases. If you insist one can use tools like task manager or performance manager to get an idea as to what is causing the slowness.

I tend to suggest to people that if it was fast when new then consider returning it to the OEM state. It is a good task to master also.

Poorly written applications, power shutdowns, maleware and spyware and too many unused programs tend to slow down computers. It is not easy to clean it all off piece by piece. A reload with the original media and add in service packs and add in something like microsoft security essentials or other app then see how it works.

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January 31, 2011 at 13:52:04
Ccleaner, Superantispyware

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February 3, 2011 at 09:27:02
delete any old programs, run a malware scan then try a defrag. I use a third party fully automatic defragger as the in-built one seems to have a few issues. Runs a lot smoother and and is whole lot more reliable. Good luck

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February 6, 2011 at 03:10:27
In order to completely clean up your PC its better to use a combination of softwares bcos as the programming in each differs the depth of scanning varies. I currently use ccleaner (does superficial scanning) ,wise registry cleaner and AWC.(do a disk chk using disk doctor in AWC as well)

Do give it a try, you wont be disappointed.

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