|A while ago I was finding my computer was almost unusably slow and would frequently freeze and need to be restarted. I tried a lot of things to fix it with no more than a slight improvement, so I eventually bit the bullet and did a complete format reinstall. I didn't take any shortcuts like copying over old settings in case this brought junk with it, and instead customised everything manually, from scratch.|
This provided a major improvement to speed, but I still find it is very slow, and it still occasionally freezes when it gets bogged down in an apparently memory intensive task. If not even a format reinstall could completely fix my problems, what else can I try to speed things up? Or is it time to start thinking about hardware upgrades?
Note: Currently my system is running Windows XP. The format reinstall was only recent, so everything should be very 'clean'. Only very few essential programs were installed, but this did include the firewall/virus checker, BitDefender. This I know will contribute to a decrease in speed, but is really unavoidable.