XP Home - can run chkdsk when my XP disk is S

March 9, 2011 at 03:23:12
Specs: Windows XP, 2.80 GHz/512MB
I have updated my computer to SP3 via Windows update. I would like to run scandisk but I only have the original XP Home SP2 boot disk. Will this cause problems?

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March 10, 2011 at 01:03:58
Thank you for your reply. I realize now that I put scandisk when I should have put sfc scannow which I believe asks you for your XP disk. Will the fact that my boot disk is XP2 whereas I have updated to XP3 cause problems?

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March 10, 2011 at 01:25:32
Once again maybe, if you have everything backed up, have a go.

Why do you want to run scannow?

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March 10, 2011 at 05:45:35
Thank you again for your help. "My Computer" seems to be very slow to respond and sometimes I receive a Not Responding message. I just wanted to check to see if all files are OK.

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March 10, 2011 at 10:13:27
"I receive a Not Responding message"
Ok, that could be almost anything, infection, not enough memory, hardware, software, etc, etc.

Chkdsk is worth trying as well.

Try this.
Click Start > Run, type msconfig ( or copy & paste ) click OK. Go to the Services tab, look for Windows Image Acquistion (WIA) & uncheck it. Click Apply and reboot.

Unknown hard drive activity.
Right click an empty part of your desktop > Properties > Display Properties > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Desktop Items.
Down the bottom of that screen, uncheck > Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days.
Colour quality
Click > Settings, in Colour quality > Medium ( 16 bit )

You can play around in here, I personally use these settings, but it depends on you own requirements, mine are very basic.
Right-click "My Computer", then "Properties".
Choose the "Advanced" tab. Under "Performance" click "Settings".
In Visual Effects, click on Custom & untick everything, except these 2 > Smooth edges of screen fonts & Use visual styles on windows and buttons ( Default has everything ticked, except > Smooth edges of screen fonts )
Click Apply & then OK.
Processor scheduling & Memory usage, select Programs for both.
Virtual Memory > Change
I use > System managed size

In Windows XP every time you open My Computer to browse folders XP automatically searches for network files and printers. This causes a delay in displaying your icons. You probably see the "default" windows icon and as you scroll it changes to the correct icon. This is how to stop that...
1. Open My Computer
2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
3. Under Folder Options select the View tab.
4. Uncheck the very first box that reads "Automatically search for network folders and printers".
5. Click "Apply" or "OK"
You should see a dramatic increase in speed when Windows displays your icons.

"Access is Denied" Error Message When You doubleclick on a drive.
1:> Disable Simple File Sharing.
Description of file sharing and permissions in Windows XP
Simple File Sharing is enabled by default if your computer is NOT a member of a domain
To disable Simple File Sharing:
1. Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options.
2. Select the View tab.
3. Clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) box in the Advanced Settings area.
4. Press Apply and OK.
How to Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows XP
How to Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows Xp Home Edition
2:> Right click C:\ and open the Properties box
3:> Open the Security tab
4:> Click "Add" and input your user name.
1. Restart your computer in Safe Mode. To do this, follow these steps:
* Restart your computer. Before you see the Windows XP logo, hold down the F8 key.
* Select Safe Mode.
2. Login in as Administrator. You'll get a warning about running in Safe Mode. Click Yes.
3. Find the folder whose permissions you wish to change. Right click on that folder, and select Properties.
4. Select the Security tab and change the permissions of the desired folder(s). You can now change all the permissions of the folder just like you would in Windows 2000/XP Pro.

Disable Indexing Services
Indexing services is a small program that hogs HUGE amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexing and updates lists of the files on your system, so you can search for them quickly, but it's completely unnecessary.
To disable it, go to the Control Panel and click Add or Remove Programs. Click the Add/Remove Window Components. Simply untick the Indexing services and click Next!
1. Browse to your hard drive either through Windows Explorer or through My Computer.
2. Right click your hard drive icon and select Properties.
3. At the bottom of this window you'll see "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching," turn this feature off for all of your drives by unchecking the box and clicking Apply.
4. After that a window will appear, Select "Apply changes to subfolders and files". If any files can not be updated select "Ignore All".

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March 10, 2011 at 10:53:32
Wow Johnw - thank you so much for all the information. I will try the things you suggest and am sure it will solve the problem. Fantastic!!

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March 10, 2011 at 11:13:29
Forgot this.

If your computer is NOT a laptop/notebook then you can stop Hibernate.
Hibernation, reserves disk space equal to your RAM.
The mysterious hiberfil.sys
Go to Control Panel, select Performance and Maintenance, Power Options, Hibernate tab, and uncheck the Enable hibernation box.

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March 10, 2011 at 14:59:35
Thanks again Johnw for all your help.
Best wishes

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March 10, 2011 at 15:32:47
No problem Asker, there is more to do, don't want to overdo it at this stage, small steps is the best way.

You can update your XP SP2 CD to SP3, it's called slipstreaming.

The big advantage is you can do a repair from Windows, without losing any programs or updates.

Put your XP cd in the drive.
Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt or, Start > click Run, type cmd and click OK.
Copy & paste > D:\I386\winnt32 /unattend
The above assumes D is your CD drive.
Press Enter.
If you have i386 on your drive, you can replace D: with the location of it.

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March 11, 2011 at 07:09:40
OK - will try to slipstream over the weekend - many thanks again - Asker

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