How to clean out used PC with XP

Dell Optiplex gx150 desktop
February 12, 2010 at 03:17:12
Specs: Windows XP, 256 MB
Bought a used computer with XP Professional
Service Pack 2. It only has 22%(1.37GB) free
space. Intel Pentium ll processor 349 Mhz,256 of
RAM. Is there a way to free up more space and
speed up the Computer. Not sure about the
gx150 all I can find is gx1

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February 12, 2010 at 04:44:06
I doubt there's uch hope of XP running fast on that CPU.

But regardless, you'll need to format the drive and get a fresh start. Unless you want to spend a bunch of time straightening out inherited problems.

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February 12, 2010 at 04:59:21
How much space have you got to begin with. I.2 Gb free means nothing without knowing what you started with.

I agree with M2 though, running XP on that machine is going to be a slow process at the best of times. If you really want to speed things up the best an most beneficial thing to do is to install more memory.


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February 12, 2010 at 05:27:04

Having only 256MB of memory is the biggest reason for poor performance. I'd consider adding memory. You can go here to find out if memory is available for a system of this "vintage" and how much it costs. (I wouldn't spend much on a system this old.) 512MB would be a help, 1GB would be better.

As for disk space, I'm afraid it's a manual "search-and-destroy" process.

1. Go to Start - Control Panel - Add or Remove Programs and un-install any programs not needed.

2. Open Windows explorer and navigate to the Documents and Settings folder on the C: drive. There, you'll find a folder for each Windows userid on the system. Look within each user's folder for a "My Documents" folder. Within this folder is where you should find most of the "stuff" saved by that user.

3. After you've completed step 2, make sure you empty the Recycle Bin. Until you do this, the files haven't really been deleted yet and you won't see any improvement in disk space.

Even after steps 2 & 3 have been completed, you won't see a great deal of free space. Your disk is only 10GB (22%=1.36GB) and Windows XP will consume 60-70% of that.

With a 10GB drive, you'll probably never have more than 2-3GB free, even on a good day. What will help most is more memory. This would minimize the size of swap file needed and therefore speed-up the system and free-up some more disk space.

There are also many Windows settings that can be "tuned" for better performance, but in this case, I'd be surprised if they do much good. If cleaning up the disk and a memory upgrade (if you can get it cheap) don't do the trick, I'd consider cutting my losses by donating this system to Goodwill (tax deduction) and go shopping for a new system. You can find a much better system than this for just a few hundred dollars.

-- kptech

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