"Windows Bloat" - a term that generally refers to the tendency of Windows to slow down as the installation gets older. Several "fixes" for it:
1) More RAM
2) Trimming startups
3) Trimming services
4) Removing programs
5) Registry cleaners (not a good choice - not recommended!!!)
6) reFormat and reinstall Windows
A lot of XP systems first came out with 128 mb of RAM - and system manufacturer's found that they'd quickly bog down. So they increased the RAM to 256 and still got complaints - but not as many. As the OS aged, it was found that 512 mB was the minimum that you reasonably expect Windows to run well on (but it still required a lot of maintenance to do this). Today we recommend a minimum of 1 gB for a "mature" installation of XP to function well.
FYI - RAM in older computers generally won't be usable in a new system. So you've got to make the cost/benefits analysis to see if it's worth it to you. The alternatives are either extensive maintenance of the system (items 2 - 5 in my list) or a format and reinstall of Windows (item 6) to restore it to "like-new" condition.
Unfortunately, either option takes a lot of your time. Steps 2 - 5 require a lot of reading, studying, and experimenting to fix things up (but you'll see most of the improvements early on), while Step 6 will leave you sitting at the computer watching Windows Updates drone on and on (the last I saw was about 95 updates are required after SP2 is installed) and even more time setting up the system that way that you want it (favorite software, online accounts, moving data around). Also, you'll probably want to backup all of your stuff before starting Step 6!
And, as I always warn my customers - all of this presumes that your hardware is good. If it's not, then all of the above is a waste of time. I suggest running a bootable hard drive diagnostic (usually available for free from the manufacturer of your hard drive), a bootable memory diagnostic (free here: http://www.memtest86.com/
) and an evaluation of your overall system (here's the only free tool that I know does this (and it runs from within Windows): http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir...n=sware_dl_3264
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