My computer are slow how can i fix it?

Northgate / I-1
August 19, 2010 at 08:11:17
Specs: Windows 25.06.2009

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August 19, 2010 at 08:17:41
and so do we?

No one can help you unless you give us some indication of what hardware you have. Which Operating system you are running and why you think it might be slow.


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August 19, 2010 at 08:44:31
It's worth checking for Malware and Viruses. Try the MalwareBytes freebie which is easy to use and good at unearthing some that AV's can miss.

Uninstall disused background programs. Sometime there is a facility within a program to opt for a manual start - worth considering where practicable. If there is no such facility, type msconfig in the Run box and disable the relevant items in the Startup tab. Strictly msconfig is for diagnostics but it causes no issues when used this way. It can sometimes give you an idea what is causing the problem.

Task Manager (Ctrl-Alt-Del) can might also give a clue about what is overpowering your machine - see Process tab. Even better, install the freebie "Process Explorer" as this gives more comprehensive information - you can get it here:

Be aware that every icon showing next to the clock is a running process. Running a program such as CCleaner Lite (free) and defragmenting the HD might help the machine a little too.

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August 19, 2010 at 08:50:13
Stop any programs that startup with Windows (except anti-virus/anti-malware or firewall). Having too many things running in the background is usually the culprit.

Have you done a full virus/malware scan of the machine? Virii/malware can use a lot of valuable resources. Scan regularly with an updated set of definitions.

Delete unneeded files and uninstall unused programs. Clutter will cause performance problems (the worse the clutter, the worse the problems). CCleaner (freeware) is useful for regular clearing of trash files and accumulated log files etc.

Use a trusted registry cleaner to clear unwanted/ unneeded entries. CCleaner has one built-in that has never given me any cause to distrust it.

Adding more RAM can provide a performance boost. It's the cheapest upgrade you can give your machine.

How long since you defragged? To be honest, I don't find a lot of benefit in defragging often, but some people say it's a must.

If all else fails, do a clean install of Windows. Sometimes starting over is the simplest option. If that fails to improve performance, it's time for a new machine.

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.

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August 19, 2010 at 08:51:15
Damn! I gotta learn to type with more than 2 fingers.

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August 19, 2010 at 08:54:26
Be a bit careful "deleting files" (unless they are your own and not part of any sort of program) or you could wreck the system. Extra files don't make much odds to machine speed. Using "Uninstall" is a different matter.

LOL - no problem there were a few points I missed.

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August 19, 2010 at 09:17:56
Most of these answers assume that the OP is running Windows XP, not an unreasonable assumption considering it is posted in the Windows XP forum, but not necessarily the correct one.

The OP indicates Windows followed by a date the precedes Windows XP by a few years, even Windows 2000, which could indicate that the OP is running Windows 98.

On the other hand, the OP might be running Windows XP on a machine far to slow to be of use.

Without this information any answer is just going to be a stab in the dark.


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