computer lagging

Microsoft Windows xp home edition sp2b
January 22, 2010 at 09:10:39
Specs: Windows XP
my computer lags a lot, like every 8 seconds for 8 seconds. my cursor can still move, but everything stops working / loading for 8 seconds. it gets really annoying when i try to type, because it lags, and when i watch videos as well, but my it doesn't when i play music. PLEASE HELP!

See More: computer lagging

Report •

January 22, 2010 at 11:29:35
Get more memory. You a are running out of RAM and it is using swap space on your hard drive which is very slow.

Report •

January 22, 2010 at 13:23:56
Shannonnicole, there is enough information provided to explain why your computer is running slow.

Report •

January 22, 2010 at 20:25:01
If your virus/spyware free, there are a couple things you can do get your computer working faster. If you using your computer for normal stuff and not gaming. You don't always need more RAM you just need to perform a few maintenance task.

First, if you haven't cleaned your registry in a while. This is necessary. Your registry holds all the information regarding updates, installs, un-installs etc. Each one of those events produces a key. That key needs your PC's resources and free space. So, if you clean your registry, you make more resources available for speed. Do a registry scan if you got more than 20 errors you should clean it.

2. Clear your Windows cache files, this is your temporary file. It can grow up to a large volume and stop your computer from using RAM properly. In a sense slow it down by preventing it from using free space.Here is how:

1. Quit Internet Explorer, Firefox, or any other web browser
2. Click Start, click "Control Panel", and then double-click "Internet Options".
3. On the General tab, click "Delete Files" under Temporary Internet Files.
4. In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the "Delete all offline content" check box , and then click OK.
5. Click OK.

3. Manage your startups. Your excess CPU usage is due to too many programs running in the background. You can cut these to barebones by alter your msconfig. Here is how:

1. Open your Start menu.
2. Click Run
3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the "system configuration utility",click either "service" or "startup" tab
5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.
6. Click "OK"
Hope this helps!


Report •
Related Solutions

Ask Question