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Help! My Computer is OMG slow!


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#1 Ryan 3000

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:18 PM

I have Windows XP Home. It's getting really, REALLY slow. Probably not as bad as many but I've managed to bloat it over the years. I know that the cause of this is that I have installed hundreds of little utilities over these last 2 or 3 years to do certain things, and then I never uninstalled them. I think that my WINDOWS folder has way too much stuff in it, and that my registry is about to burst. I've tried to uninstall many of these programs, but they are never all fully gone. What's your advice for me? I've uninstalled many things, defragged, and even done some registry cleanups, but my computer gets slower every day and is hanging a lot more than it used to. Some things I was thinking of:
-Frag the whole hard drive, saving essentials to my external, and then reinstall XP. Only problem is I don't know if Dell's restore disk would let me do a clean install of XP.
-Restore to an earlier date. I've tried to go back a few days before but I keep seeing that the restore failed and I should pick another date (tried 4 different dates!)
-Keep doing what I'm doing, clean up step by step over time. This is least appealing to me because it feels like band-aids on a severed arm. But if you think it would work, or know some way to make it work better, I'll hear you.

EDIT: I just remembered to mention that I have tried all things listed in the slow PC sticky in this forum. I have no malware and my disk is defragged. Trying out the MSconfig replacement as you read this.

Edited by Ryan 3000, 26 October 2008 - 02:22 PM.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:27 PM

I'm not sure if this will fix your problem, but it should help.

1) Download CCleaner CCleaner
Install it then keep the default settings and click "analyze" and then "run cleaner" It might take quite a while the first run.

2)Download an alternate defragger. I use IOBIT Smart Defrag. It has a feature that it automatically defraggs heavily used files whenever your CPU usage drops below a certain percentage (default is below 40%). Smart Defrag

Run the defragger, it will take quite a while the first run.

3) If you would like to clean your registry, try using the built in registry cleaner in CCleaner. Open CCleaner and choose "Registry" on the left panel. Then "Scan for Issues" and after the scan "Fix Issues". It is up to you if you would like to backup the registry changes, I personally have never backed up the registry for CCleaner but its up to you.

Hope this helps, hopefully someone with more knowledge in this field will come along to help.

Edited by xblindx, 26 October 2008 - 02:32 PM.


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Posted 26 October 2008 - 02:51 PM

Registry cleaners mark entries as bad, depending on what the software creator thinks, is bad.
That's why no 2 cleaners will find all of the, same "problems".
Registry "problems" actually have very little effect, on the overall performance of the operating system.

Please see this article:
XP Fixes Myth #1: Registry Cleaners

Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry before making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry
(I highly suggest, you make a copy of this article.)
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#4 Ryan 3000

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:03 PM

Thanks for the quick responses. I'm making a last ditch effort at leaving the OS intact by running CCleaner as you suggested xblindx and also running defrag because tq1911 says a registry cleanup won't make too much of a difference. Will report back. Thanks

BTW i just created like 100 registry loose ends uninstalling about 5 programs :thumbsup:
Also running disk cleanup.

Edited by Ryan 3000, 26 October 2008 - 04:47 PM.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 03:15 PM

You're welcome. If you need furthur help, just reply here.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 05:07 PM

Well, I've done my defrag, cleanup, uninstall, regdefrag and the system seems a little faster, especially on startup. This means I might not be redoing XP but I'm still discontent with the speed. Any other advice?
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Posted 27 October 2008 - 05:47 PM

<<I know that the cause of this is that I have installed hundreds of little utilities over these last 2 or 3 years to do certain things, and then I never uninstalled them.>>

10 Reasons Why Your Computer Runs Slow - - http://www.bestsecuritytips.com/xfsection+...rticleid+43.htm

Slow Computer - http://www.theeldergeek.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=22278

Adding RAM is still the best manner of speeding up a system, assuming that all unnecessary programs and startups have been removed and routine maintenance is performed on the system.

Out of curiosity...how much RAM is installed and how much free space on C: partition?

Louis

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 05:48 PM

Its possible that you need more RAM. There is a way to check RAM usage but I am unsure of it so if another user could specify that would be great. Before we go buying stuff, it could be malware related. Please download, update and run Malwarebytes Antimalware. http://www.malwarebytes.org

Edited by xblindx, 27 October 2008 - 05:51 PM.


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Posted 28 October 2008 - 08:08 PM

Thanks to luis, I've done most of what you said except the thing both you and xblindx said, which is malware and ram. I've got plenty of RAM, 2GB of ddr2 800 should not be lagging me. I've downloaded malwarebytes and am scanning as I write this. Thanks for the responses. Post # 666 :thumbsup:

Edited by Ryan 3000, 28 October 2008 - 08:10 PM.

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 06:56 AM

Congrats on post #666 =). Maybe you will meet Damien? =P




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