Solved Xp pc running slow

December 29, 2011 at 17:55:56
Specs: Windows XP, 2.53GHz
I have a 55gb pc running windows xp its very slow and sluggish hardly any of my space is in use have no files as have only just been given the machine any ideas why this is so sluggish and slow or what i can do to improve it?

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December 29, 2011 at 19:19:22
Why is my computer running so slow, it used to be much faster?

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December 29, 2011 at 23:06:02
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daly144, John has given you quite a lot of info. Here's some more:
Slowness is one of the more common complaints heard and it can have a number of causes. I'll enumerate a few of the more common and we'll hope that hits you. Possible you have a nasty and need to scan?

Online slowness only? Cable access? The number of folks trying to access the net at once can slow things down. Get up in the middle of the night and see if it's faster. If so, learn to love it (the slowness), it's them not you.

Speed depends on memory and a lot of machines are right on the borderline when it comes to meeting required minimums so any added 'memory hog' has an adverse effect. Add memory?
Sorta along those same lines is your startup menu. Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the startup menu. That usually only causes slow booting, but ... Take a look at what you have running in the background and be sure there aren't extras.
An overzealous firewall reading each item over and over can significantly slow things. Kinda along those same lines are temporary files. Search for *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*, .chk (c/p so there’re no errors) You should only have 1 file containing your currently active files. Delete any others found (tip: select all and delete. It’ll tell you which is active and can’t be deleted.). FYI I do it weekly just in case.

A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try. I run it daily.
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
Ed in Texas

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January 3, 2012 at 06:41:29
Hey Guys,

Thanks for the Reply will give it a go and come back when its all on it thanks again


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