xp auto update

April 27, 2010 at 16:41:33
Specs: Windows XP, 504
I have recently done a system destructive recovery on my computer. I have to do this every 2 months becouse of my low RAM. I was going to upgrade to a larger ram, but my computer tech said it would be a waste of money. Anyway... I choose to manualy choose the updates for my computer. I counted 68 updates that i would have put on my computer if i had choosen to auto install the updates. probaly becouse this is a 8 year old computer. Is all these updates nessasary for me to operate safely? This is a "myspacecomputer " for my little girl. I dont plan to invest anything into this computer. I'll probaly just buy her one for xmas. Thanks for all your help!

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#1
April 27, 2010 at 16:52:56
You need all the security updates, nothing more or less.
But these updates are really necessary.
And these updates have nothing to do with the amount of RAM installed to that computer.
If Windows XP is running on that computer (maybe a bit slowly), it will also run after you've installed the security updates.

If you don't make these necessary updates, you may have to make a fresh installation because of virus infection, which one don't really wants to do.

The original poster should always write the last response !!!
Let us know, if the problem is solved !!!


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#2
April 27, 2010 at 16:54:51
I would say especially if it is a MySpace Computer. Most of the updates are to get rid of exploits found in Windows that Viruses and Hackers can take advantage of.

"I have recently done a system destructive recovery on my computer. I have to do this every 2 months becouse of my low RAM."

You do realize that cleaning your hard drive give you no additional RAM? This is just a waste of time. If you are running out of diskspace all of the time then keep your internet chase clean.

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#3
April 27, 2010 at 16:58:45
"I have to do this every 2 months becouse of my low RAM"

That's pretty stupid. For one thing, I'm sure you could pick up some used RAM pretty cheap. And if you don't wanna go that route, XP will run reasonably well with 504MB RAM as long as you keep the system lean & mean, & maintain it regularly.

I take it it's an OEM machine (Dell, HP/Compaq, Gateway, etc)? And everytime you reload the OS, you also reload all the OEM garbage programs? Are you using a bloated hog of an anti-virus program like Norton or McAfee? Do you upgrade to IE8? All these things are killing your system.

And there are SO many things you can do to make XP peform much better...turn off the indexing, reduce the amount of space used by System Restore, disable useless startup entries, turn off the majority of the visual effects, customize the Internet Options / Browsing History, install a lightweight anti-virus program, install a cleaner & set it up to run automatically, etc, etc, etc.

You should NEVER have to reinstall an OS just to get your system to run better.


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#4
April 27, 2010 at 17:03:00
And lastly ...

I was going to upgrade to a larger ram, but my computer tech said it would be a waste of money

Get a new computer tech!

i_Xp/Vista/W7User


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#5
April 27, 2010 at 18:01:13
"8 year old computer"

Through it away. Most computers are designed to quit after 7 years. You are going to have to spend more money in repairs at this point than it would cost to buy a new computer. The CMOS battery its self should be giving out any time right now, not to mention the hard drive which should have already failed unless this is not the original drive. I guess it could be a SCSI drive which is designed to last 10 years.


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#6
April 27, 2010 at 21:30:39
Response 1,3,4 will put you on track. You can upgrade to 1Gb RAM pretty reasonable these days, but if not, keep it clean, keep it simple, get all security updates, stay away from Norton and McAfee - get a lean mean AV program (there are free ones that are good), use IE 6 or 7 (8 if you really want but only with 1 Gb RAM) or Firefox. Definitely adjust the settings on your browser to dump everything when the browser closes and keep history for only 1 or 2 days.
Look for pre-x-mas sales.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
April 28, 2010 at 18:42:02

Thanks for all the advise! I understand my situation a lot better now. The computer is a compaq presario. Its not really a myspace computer( Is their really a such thing?) I will try some of the things you all advised and get back to you. Thanks again!

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#8
May 1, 2010 at 04:22:16

That's pretty stupid. For one thing, I'm sure you could pick up some used RAM pretty cheap. And if you don't wanna go that route, XP will run reasonably well with 504MB RAM as long as you keep the system lean & mean, & maintain it regularly.
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Hey man this is why i joined this foum! I don't know the things about computers that most people do. Sorry The things i do sound "STUPID", but all i know is that it made my computer faster when i done it. It may not be the RAM, but something i done helped.
Yes, this is a compaq persario sr150rwm. Some of the things you said sounded like good advise. Do you have some links to show me how to?


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#9
May 1, 2010 at 04:42:26
Quote:Are you using a bloated hog of an anti-virus program like Norton or McAfee? Do you upgrade to IE8? All these things are killing your system.

yes i have norton serurity suite 2010, IE8. What do you suggest?

Quote: And there are SO many things you can do to make XP peform much better...turn off the indexing, reduce the amount of space used by System Restore
, disable useless startup entries, turn off the majority of the visual effects, customize the Internet Options / Browsing History, install a lightweight anti-virus program, install a cleaner & set it up to run automatically, etc, etc, etc.

All i know how to do is delete private data and keep my hard drive clean. Please, you are dealing with a novice here. How?

Quote: turn off the indexing, reduce the amount of space used by System Restore
, disable useless startup entries, turn off the majority of the visual effects, customize the Internet Options / Browsing History, install a lightweight anti-virus program, install a cleaner & set it up to run automatically,


I need more info. All this sounds like good advise, but i dont know what you are talking about. Thanks but i need you to explain or send links.


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#10
May 1, 2010 at 04:51:30
Quote:turn off the indexing, reduce the amount of space used by System Restore

I'm not doing a restore. I am doing a system destructive recovery. Setting my machine back to the way it was when it came out of the box. The only reason i do this is because its the only thing i know to do when my computer gets so slow, i have to wait 2 min. for a page to load when i have cable high speed. Some times the page just freezes up and dont ever load. I have to eventually unplug the machine.


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#11
May 1, 2010 at 05:37:01
Everyone seems to think i have done a SYSTEM RESTORE on my computer. I don't restore my computer to a earlier time. I do the System recovery . The RECOVERY is something else all together.

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#12
May 1, 2010 at 05:40:36

Sorry if this is off subject a little, but i need to know this. I could be a lot clearer if i could paste a screen shot here and their. Is their a way to do it on this forum that i am overlooking?

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#13
May 2, 2010 at 21:03:41
Norton is a system hog. you should uninstall it. Some say that the included uninstall does not completely remove it, but that they have a proper uninstaller on their website. May here recommend antivirus programs like AVG, AVAST, and a few others that I cannot remember at this time that are free to download (others may make suggestions). I personally use Webroot's Antivirus with spysweeper and I have for many years. These use system resources more responsibly. When getting rid of Norton, you will need to make sure that windows firewall is turned on (some versions of Norton have a firewall so it shuts off windows firewall to eliminate conflict). I also recommend keeping a copy of Malwarebytes ( I only needed it once) to do a supplementary scan if you suspect something got past your AV program.
Internet explorer 8 can be removed through add-remove programs (control panel>add remove programs) and it should revert back to IE7 after removal. After you remove IE8, you might also like to try Mozilla Firefox as a browser, I generally like it better than internet explorer. Set your browser so that you keep only 1 or 2 days of history and cookies and temp internet files are deleted upon closing (tools>internet options). Also check your browser add-ons (tools>manage add ons) and disable most except for acrobat reader and java.
[Reducing the amount of space system restore uses will save on hard disk space used, but it will not affect the speed of your system. To do this anyway, right click in 'my computer' and select properties. Look for the system restore tab and at the % of hard drive space that can be used by system restore. If it is at 12% or 15% and you want to try 10%, go ahead. 10% of an 80Gb drive is 8GB, 10% of a 160Gb drive is 16Gb. Still reasonable space.]
If you open My Computer, right click on your hard drive icon and select properties, you will be able to do a disk clean up, followed by a disk defrag. These also should help you streamline your system.
If you download a program from microsoft called 'Process Explorer' you will be able to clearly see what processes are running and decide if you want to stop them, remove them from start up, or uninstall them completely.
periodically check control panel>add remove programs and see what you do net need and uninstall.
I hope that this helps you.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#14
May 4, 2010 at 09:48:41
Thanks for all the help man. I'm glad to finally find someone that would take the time to explain this to me. I got into computers late in life and I'm still learning. I'll try these things and let you know the result. THANKS AGAIN!

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