XP desktop is slowing down

May 27, 2010 at 18:47:12
Specs: winxp , 2.6p4/3.5gig ram
ok,,i need some advice...i make sure that i dont keep process running in the background because it quickly sucks up my cpu usage and my computer freezes. so i went into msconfig and made sure their werent any unvital services or startup up crap running unnecessicarily..so my questions are this,,,if i get more than a couple of web pages loaded at a time or a few processes running in the background my desktop starts slowing down greatly because im sucking down the cpu usuage...what can i do to make sure that i can run or have whatever i want going at any given time without sucking down all my cpu usuage and slowing down the crap out of my computer within a reasonable expense plz,,,plz help me...suggestions

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#1
May 27, 2010 at 19:35:12
Have you done all the routine XP maintenance functions like defragging the hard drive, emptying the temp INTERNET files. etc?

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#2
May 28, 2010 at 01:04:48
Hi,
Its better to check with and deleting temporary files and cookies initially.
1.) Run CCleaner application and delete all the temporary files and cookies
2.) Fix the registry files using CCleaner.
3.) Remove the unwanted programmes in the startup
4.) Uninstall the unwanted applications from control panel-> add or remove programs
5.) Delete the old unwanted system restore points if there exists a lot in your machine
6.) Perform Disk Cleanup.
7.) Perform Disk Defragmentation.
8.) Clean all the viruses and other infected files using a good AV application

Please get back if these steps didn't help you


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#3
May 28, 2010 at 09:10:32
Ill try those things. I also have my operating system and programs and documents/storage on three seperate drives. Is that ok. I figured even my 2.6p4 should be able to handle things like switching back and forth between multiple web pages and things like that without sucking down all the cpu usuage. How and what should I allocate to page file and virtual memory and stuff like that or should I allow the system to manage these things so it will run the fastest. Could I upgrade my processor somehow on this motherboard or could I get a better motherboard/processor without breaking the bank and keep it flying pretty fast. Tks brad

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#4
May 28, 2010 at 14:16:58
Virtual memory is another term for paging file. Windows should be ok managing it, but if you want to manage it manually, this is what I have gathered over some time: Up to 1Gig or so RAM, use 1 1/2 times up to 2 times your RAM in Mb (1000Mb = 1Gb), and 2Gb RAM or more, use the same as your RAM.

As far as your upgrade, you did not give much in the way of details, but I suspect that you could not achieve what you are looking for with any reasonable upgrade (P4 2.6G). I would recommend keeping your current system as clean as you can and look into eventually replace with something built, or on sale. Don't be afraid of Windows 7 home edition, look for dual core pentium or core2 with a separate video card (depending on your uses).

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#5
May 30, 2010 at 21:04:15
this is crap,,if i run something like disk cleanup and then try to do something like surf on internet explorer,,everybit of my cpu usage is sucked up and my computer is a snail...this applies to any two or more programs i try to do ...whats wrong here...no viruses or such either..

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#6
May 30, 2010 at 21:51:01
Where and how have you checked for a virus/worm/trojan? Any on line scans from sites like Housecall, Kaspersky,ESET?

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#7
May 31, 2010 at 21:19:28
Download Process Explorer from Microsoft and install. This will give you more information on what is running on your system and how much it is using. It will let you know if something specifically is using processing time and allow you to really see what process it is, therefore allowing you to decide if it is needed.
Run Av program and Malwarebytes to be sure you are clean (there are other nasties out there besides virus').
What Antivirus program are you running??? If you are running Norton or McAfee, that may be your problem, they are system hogs, uninstall and try running something lean and mean.
If you are running IE8, it uses at least more memory than IE7, try rolling back, or use Firefox instead.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.
If all else fails, read instructions.


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#8
June 4, 2010 at 17:59:38
I have been having the same problem and I am so glad to have found this thread.

Can someone tell me what CCleaner is please?


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#9
June 4, 2010 at 18:51:55
It is probably the number one free cleaning tool. The download link and more information can be found at this link

http://www.filehippo.com/download_c...


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#10
June 8, 2010 at 19:42:37
i have ran ccleaner several times,,ran housecall to check for viruses,,none found....doesnt matter what i do,,which browser i use or try to multitask like have browser open and then try to check email for example...it loads down the cpu and its at 100% alot and computer lags...i have my os on a seperate drive from my programs just so u know in case i lose my os i dont have to reformat my entire drive...whats going on with this durn computer,,,plz help

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#11
June 9, 2010 at 01:32:53
HI there,

if you post your system specification then it would be easy to suggest you whether you need to upgrade or not. I suggest you to upgrade your RAM that will definately improves the performance.

Best of luck

Imran Khan
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Imran Khan From London


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#12
June 9, 2010 at 03:10:13
ive got 3gig of ram now...

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#13
June 9, 2010 at 14:42:42
Have you any definite evidence that it is CPU usage?

You need to ascertain just what is eating up your processing time. Task Manager will help (Ctr-Alt-Del) but have you tried Process Explorer as suggested at #7?


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