Solved vERY SLOW running 2005 HP Pavilion COMPUTER

August 10, 2012 at 05:28:35
Specs: Windows XP
My computer is running slow - am limping along.. need upgrade of memory. I have to take it in somewhere which will cost me a man with a van to carry it down from my flat and drive me to either PC World at Staples Corner or a nearby Cartridge World where the proprietor says he can do the upgrade of memory, overhaul and clean inside tower. Don't know which to choose!

Also,I seem to have ended up with Windows 8 installed, don't know how. I think it is too much for the PC (64 bit). PC was bought as a Windows XP media edition. Should it be taken back to factory condition, which would rule out the need for a memory upgrade. Which is better? I can get the engineer to back up my work first as my own efforts to do that have failed.

Also, when work is backed up to a disc, how anything ever found again?

Any guidance for an old gal with an old (2005) HP computer would be welcome, please.I haven't money for a new PC but in any case am wedded to Win XP. I have a good TVTFT 17" monitor and a small HP printer/scanner/copier which is adequate for me, so don't want buy a "package" anyway.
I reckon to get the equivalent of my old PC I would have to spend in excess of £500 so I gauge it is worth the remedial work being done although I have no commitment re that, except PC World say they would charge £50 for diagnosis, but no fix no fee. However the smaller outfit at the Cartridge World would be quicker and is nearer. Decisions!
Help me please. Thank you.


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#1
August 10, 2012 at 06:07:24
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If you are not up to doing the upgrade yourself then you need to get professional help.
It is advisable to ask friends and neighbors for any personal experience with the specific store(s) you plan to go to. Any prior good or bad experiences are at least an indication of their work and how honest they are.
If you have the equivalent of a better business bureau, you may be able to look up their public record on such things.

If you post how much memory you actually have and if possible, the exact model number, we should be able to tell you if a memory upgrade is needed, possible, or advisable. If you have less than 1GB, it is advisable to add more memory. If you have 1GB or more then it generally is not needed for XP. If you have 5ooMB or less, then it is important to do the upgrade.
There is no reason you cannot stay with Windows XP on your computer if that is what you prefer. In fact, on many older computers it is the best choice and certainly the easiest and least costly.

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


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#2
August 10, 2012 at 06:29:33
If money is the problem, there is no doubt the computer will run better with XP, then Win 7 or 8. However, slow can be caused by many things, lack of ram, old motherboards and CPU's, and one I would be concerned with is the condition of the 7 yr old hard drive. Failing hard drives cause the system to really slow down, and if that is the problem, re-doing any operating system on the same hard drive will not work well for long. I would download seatools for windows, install it and run a quick test and the extensive test. If it passes both, I would consider going back to xp. If it fails you have to consider what all the new parts would cost, and it would probably be cheaper to buy a newer used computer than repair the old one. Your data I cannot say because there are many ways of "saving it". As long as your friend saves things properly, you should not lose any data.

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#3
August 10, 2012 at 06:31:06
"I seem to have ended up with Windows 8 installed, don't know how"

Are you sure about that? There are a LOT of steps that have to be gone thru to get Win8 installed. It has to be downloaded, burned to a DVD, then you'd have to boot off the disc & run Windows setup. If you didn't do it, who did?

Other than that, you provided very little info about your computer. All we know is it's a 2005 HP Pavilion & that's not much to go on. How about a model number? As for the memory upgrade (if you need it), anyone can install RAM, it's extremely easy to do. In fact, it's so easy, a caveman can do it! Why would you pay a shop to do something that you can do yourself?


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#4
August 10, 2012 at 08:21:18
If it worked well when it was new and there has been no hardware damage then consider a clean reload of the OS back to OEM state.

Your computer could have any number of malware and data issues. You'd be surprised how well a new install works. This assumes iit did work well at one time.

Be sure to put a good security suite on it and add in all service packs and updates and use a limited user account for all daily uses. Then add in only the important programs that you need. Don't test applications if you can avoid it. They can leave registry full of junk.

If you have a usb drive or a shared network drive you can use ntbackup to save data off. You don't need an engineer. Ntbackup is on the xp disk.

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#5
August 18, 2012 at 08:11:36
Hi Fingers, HopperRox, riider and jefro. Thanks for bothering to reply.The PC was so near total crash I could just about get my main e mails but not the links within, including your comments.
I took it to my local shop on the Monday, saw the progress and had an estimate on Tuesday; it was done by yesterday (Friday) and collected today. I did need the memory upgrade, clean up of dust inside the tower, (a previous engineer who had delved in had left something unplugged) and installation of a replacement Word program, as my old version was a mess. I hope I will be set up for a while! The PC was struggling but now seems fine. I was deleting as much as I could because erroneously I thought I was increasing memory capacity, which was not the case of course.
I was wrong about having Windows 8. It was IE 8. (I see from comments on websites that there is a preview edition of Windows 8 which some people have tried).
I am a silver surfer with limited IT knowledge so I am scared of doing anything to my PC which might lead to more damage. I have few mates who are on line and they have less knowledge than I, so I am pleased to have found Tom's Guide. Thanks again.

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#6
August 18, 2012 at 08:21:27
to jefro - yes I am very security conscious. Apart from the factory installed security, I have the paid-for AVG package which includes a firewall. I also have their Tune Up. I have CCleaner. I scan whole computer regularly. I avoid installing freebies of this or that, not knowing whence they came!
Also see my reply to all respondents please.

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#7
August 18, 2012 at 08:37:12
Hi riider. Please see my reply to all respondents but particularly to you I apologise for saying I had Windows 8, when in fact it was IE 8. I see from researches that some people have a preview of Windows 8.
I didn't touch a PC until I was past 60, self-teaching in e cafes. I only got interested in having my own equipment when broadband was available to home users. I'll sharpen up my bone tools for future use, although - in my case - that's a rather rash thing to say!

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#8
August 18, 2012 at 09:27:12
HopperRox - I am glad the PC has been pronounced A1 except for the memory and Word upgrades, the latter at my request. (Also, please see my reply to all respondents). Expense aside, I am pleased when I can repair an old and favoured thing as opposed to buying new and having to fathom new manuals. Re second-hand - mmmmh, not for me in this field, as I don't know enough - and there's no come-back is there? I might not be better off for long. Spending on the upgrades for a PC I like is the best option for me. I haven't much to save - I only use the PC for my own researches and e mails, maybe an i player session... If I really want to keep a letter copy I print it.

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#9
August 18, 2012 at 16:59:17
Thanks for letting us know it worked out fine for you.

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


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