Please Help.xp is very slow slower than 98

May 2, 2011 at 09:55:44
Specs: Windows XP, 256
I just had hard drive replaced and xp installed. The programs run slower than on the old 98se. I know there must be alot running in the background to slow it down but I don't know what I can safely remove from the start up (task manager) I would like to know what do I need to leave in, what is absolutly neccessary for xp to run. Even opening a folder is slow. I have defraged, I even ran Glary utilities (all of them) but it didn't help. I would take it to a tech but am too far away.
Thank you for helping me.

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May 2, 2011 at 11:00:32
If 256 means the ram you have installed, you need to max out your machine. I'm surprised it runs at all. Post your system specs for help on the ram.

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May 2, 2011 at 11:08:54
If you actually only have 256 MB RAM that will be at least part of your problem. The stated minimum for XP is only 64MB and in the early days 256 MB was considered quite a lot of RAM. But when using modern browsers, ant-virus programs, and other modern applications, 256 MB just isn't enough. And when taking into account that your processor is probably old and slow, poor performance is to be expected. To get decent performance with modern software you need at least 512 MB and preferably more.

There isn't really anything that can compensate for a shortage of RAM.

256 MB RAM is a lot for Win98 but only barely adequate for XP.

Avoid all registry cleaners. They don't help and are far more likely to cause problems.

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May 2, 2011 at 11:59:49
If you can't come up with at least 512MB RAM, either go back to Win98, WinME, or try a lightweight version of Linux. The latest version of Puppy is probably the best one yet. Why run a 10-12 yr old OS when you can run a modern one?

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May 3, 2011 at 00:17:48
newtoxp, I agree about the ram thing. That's step #1. Assuming you're able to address that (pretty big assumption, but...), find a list of 'musts' for XP @:
Ed in Texas

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