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01-26-2007 02:36 AM  10 years agoPost 1
chopperman1

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I need to "PEP UP" my computer, its running a litle slow. I bought back in 2005. It was pretty fast when I bought it but I guess it slowed down from stuff I downloaded etc. How do I effectivly do this. Its a 3400+ Amd athlon 64 prossesor, 512MB Pc3200 DDR SDRAM memory,200gb hard drive. Is it true that when you delete something it doesnt go away until the space that it ocuppies is need and then its deleted? Thanks

Cliff

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01-26-2007 02:56 AM  10 years agoPost 2
spaceman spiff

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Windows has a "disk clean up" and "disk de-fragmentor". Start wth disk clean up. Good idea to follow up with "Ad aware" or some other virus scanner. then defrag it and you are good to go.. takes a while.

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01-26-2007 03:10 AM  10 years agoPost 3
helibandit

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the things that would make the most difference are the following.

go to the start tab, and then click "Run" in the box type msconfig and then click ok and hit enter. after the box comes up click on the start tab. everything on the list are programs wich start automatically when you turn on the computer. everything from antivirus programs to actual viruses can be in this list. most of the programs are abreviated and can be a bit of a pain to know what you need and what you dont need. best thing to do is if you dont know what the program does then type into google or something and see what it is. if its not something you realy need all the time then un check the box next to each one you dont need. like yahoo messenger for example. some people have it set to automatically start, but thats stupid. you can easily jusat click the icon for it when you want to use it. it will work faster this way. i just uncheck pretty much everything except things that control periphrials like mouse and keyboard stuff. then click apply/ok and you will have to resart the computer. once it boots back up you will see a box pop up letting you know your startup settings have changed. just check the little box to tell it not to remind you again and then close the box.

the next thing you can do is go to you browser settings (for internet explorer this would be internet options) and set it so it doesnt store any cookies or internet files. by either reducing the amount of diskspace to you for it or dissable it all together or both if possible. it depends on how up to date you are (windows update) then clear your browser history, temporary internet files and then clear forms if ya want. you can also set it so it wont save forms (like when you type a search into google and then everyone can see what you searched for the next time they use it)

next go to add remove programs via the control panel and look through the list of programs.... if ya dont use it remove it.

then hit control alt delete and browse the processes. its kinda like the first thing i mentioned. see what programs are running and research the abreviated names of each one. if you find a spyware or adware program then either find and delete it or get a spyware remover if ya dont already have one.

then go to your control panel and click on network connections. find your connection (it should be the enabled icon called "local area connections" right click on it and click properties. you will see a list of ports and probly all are checked to be enabled. find your internet protocal port. this is the only one you need to have enabled. uncheck all the other. this will help protect your computer and at the same time make the internet faster.

lastly.... the obvious one is your memory. 512mb is ok for a bare windows installation but after adding lots of programs you will find it gets real slow. if possible you should try to have at least a gig. 2 gigs is purfect and over 2 gigs is too much for windows xp. with over 2 gigs it will either slow the system down or stay the same. it wont help.

finnaly defragment your drive. you should be running real good after doing the above.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

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01-26-2007 03:16 AM  10 years agoPost 4
MikeInMobile

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Right-Click on the Recycle Bin and select Empty Recycle Bin to empty the trash can. If you want to speed up this machine, put more memory into it! 512 Mb is marginal when running XP. I typically recommend no less than 1Gb of memory for any machine running XP ..... it really make a difference in the speed of the machine.

You can easily cleanup the disk of unnecesary files by using the Disk Cleanup program in Windows XP. It will clean out all of the temporary files from the computer. It can be found at:

Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> System Tools

Also, once you have cleaned up the drive, DEFRAGMENT THE DRIVE!

This is possibly the best thing that you can do to improve disk performance.

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01-26-2007 03:36 AM  10 years agoPost 5
chopperman1

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Wow just finished what you guys said, what A difference. I was soo suprised when I restarted, it was loaded so quickly. Thanks

Cliff

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01-26-2007 03:37 AM  10 years agoPost 6
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And one more thing that everybody with windows XP should do. REINSTALL at least once a year. Remeber to save music, picture and data files seperatly. Do not use a backup utility program because it will backup all the clutter too. You will be amazed how fast your machine will go. After the clean install just put your saved files and programs back on your hard drive.

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01-26-2007 03:37 AM  10 years agoPost 7
helibandit

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you already did ALL that? holy crap

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

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01-26-2007 03:42 AM  10 years agoPost 8
helibandit

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And one more thing that everybody with windows XP should do. REINSTALL at least once a year. Remeber to save music, picture and data files seperatly. Do not use a backup utility program because it will backup all the clutter too. You will be amazed how fast your machine will go. After the clean install just put your saved files and programs back on your hard drive.
hmmmm im not telling you your wrong, however i have to dissagree. if you do the above mentioned things and keep it running that way then it will always be as good as a new install LESS all the headache of doing it. files dont just rot or get degraded and everytime you format it can only make the drive lose performance. chances are what you are seeing is that when you reinstall/format whatever that you are removing certain viruses/programs that you were un aware of that were slowing things down. so although it may spped it up its only cause there are thing going on htat shouldnt be and if ya prevent those things and or remove them its as good as a reinstall.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

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01-26-2007 03:42 AM  10 years agoPost 9
chopperman1

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well the defragment is still going, but helibandit everything you said I did. I just dont under stand what you meant about the internet protocol. I go to control pannel > Network and Internet Connections > and then where?

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01-26-2007 03:46 AM  10 years agoPost 10
helibandit

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then find your active connection. right click it and you will see a box come up and at the bottom it will say properties. click it and then another bigger box will come up. in the middle of the box will be a list of ports. i believe its labeld something like "this connection uses the following items" in that list probly at the bottom you will see one called "interent protocall" or something to that effect. leave that one checked/enabled then uncheck/dissable the rest of them in the list. then click ok.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

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01-26-2007 03:48 AM  10 years agoPost 11
chopperman1

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Got it thanks!!

Cliff

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01-26-2007 04:57 PM  10 years agoPost 12
MARKGYVER

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Also Download Spybot it will search and remove addware viruses. It is a free download

http://www.download.com/3000-8022-10122137.html

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01-26-2007 05:25 PM  10 years agoPost 13
MikeInMobile

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Spybot is a good program. I run it once a week, and it ALWEAYS finds something

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01-26-2007 05:42 PM  10 years agoPost 14
bmcgrady

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Excellent suggestions, helibandit.
everytime you format it can only make the drive lose performance
Respectfully, I tend to disagree. Formatting a drive in and of itself should not make it loose performance. Fragmentation is what makes a drive loose performance. When you reformat then reinstall, update the installation, install all your programs, etc., etc., you end up with fragmentation. That is where you tend to loose performance. Best practice after doing a format and installation is to defrag as the last step of your "reinstallation process". And of course defrag periodically going forward.

I agree 100% with helibandit that reformatting/reinstalling yearly should not be necessary if you keep your system properly maintained. By that same token, however, I have seen systems that are "so far gone" as far as viruses, "next-to-impossible" to remove spyware, etc., that reformatting/reinstalling is actually the EASIEST/QUICKEST thing to do! The best thing to do is keep your system properly maintained (antispyware/antivirus, etc), keep it defragged, keep your temp dirs clean, etc, and you should be fine. But if you run up on a system that you just can't seem to clean up using the aforementioned techniques, don't rule out a good reformat/reinstall!

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01-26-2007 09:58 PM  10 years agoPost 15
helibandit

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Respectfully, I tend to disagree. Formatting a drive in and of itself should not make it loose performance
i would have called me on that one too man.. however i didnt mean that it would degrade the disk i was only implying that if it did anything at all.... it would be to degrade it, not help anything. basicaly i was trying to say reformatting doesnt "help" anything. of course though you can usualy do lots of reformats without issue.

The only time you can have too much fuel is when your on fire

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01-26-2007 10:21 PM  10 years agoPost 16
quattrokid73

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find a good registry cleaner too, just dont run it on super-sensitive settings or it might delete good things.

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