Quizzical slowness

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August 3, 2009 at 20:34:27
Specs: WinXP, 1.5Ghz, 256MB
Recently my PC is slowing down. Sometimes when I open Explorer(files and folders) the PC hangs for a while before it opens. The same thing is happening with Word. I have latest Spyware and antivirus updates. I use Word as my email editor but this has not slowed me down before. I've used the "outlook.exe /cleanfreebusy" command at work; do you think this might help, assuming Outlook is the problem. When this happens and I Ctrl-Alt-Del, Task manager says the CPU is busy. But while I'm viewing the running tasks everything frees up again. What can be causing this? You don't think I have to re-install Word and Outlook, do you? Or do I need a registry clean up? I've ruled out any of these programs phoning home, since I get no alerts from my firewall. Thanks.

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#1
August 3, 2009 at 21:14:06
256meg of ram is too small in my opinion. 512 I would consider minimum with 1gig or more recommended.

Solution is to add memory.

Keep you drive defragged and set your pagefile as static [same min/max values] so disk activity isn't slowing you down.


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#2
August 4, 2009 at 00:39:28
With so little physical RAM you need to allow Windows to Control Virtual Memory (page file). If you restrict it, your physical RAM will soon be taken up and your System will bog down.

Definitely, more RAM is indicated.

Another thing that would help is to disable anything that does not NEED to be running all the time. Use msconfig to uncheck Startup Items. (START>run-type "msconfig" (no quotes)>hit ENTER>Startup Tab.)

There is nothing to learn from someone who already agrees with you.


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#3
August 5, 2009 at 10:14:31
I have Verizon DSL. I noticed Verizon Service Point is in the start up list. Do I need this? It's currently using up 13K. Next highest use is explorer.exe at 20K but this is Windows shell and needs to run, right? Thanks.

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#4
August 5, 2009 at 11:02:09
Yes you should leave the windows service alone. If you are worried about windows processes being too high you could download hijackthis and post the log on a forum security site.

Ccleaner is a good program that can clear up temporary files and you can also disable unwanted startup programs with it. You could also consider open source alternatives to your work solutions, such as K-Meleon as a browser and OpenOffice for word processing, which are a little easier on system memory.


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#5
August 8, 2009 at 21:37:41
Folks,
Thanks for your responses. Lately, the slowness has gone away. Seems like something just didn't load right and was causing problems. Anyway, the need for extra memory has been noted.

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