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Computer is running slow

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#1 Dyrbooker


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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:24 PM

My computer is running so slow it's like watching paint dry. It was running fine until my hard drive crashed and I was to loose everything.

It's an HP, about 6 years old, and I'm running Windows XP.

I took the computer to a computer repair place and they were able to retreive my photos, music files, and documents. They put a new hard drive in the compter and loaded Nortons internet security. The internet seems to run fast enough, however anything I need to do on the pc itself it takes a long, long, time. like opening windows, start programs or anything else. I did put Office 2007 (enterprise) on the computer but the slowness started before I did that. I went into the start up menu an stoped a couple of things from running in the back ground, That's helped a tiny bit. The programs that are still running in the back ground are the following

grovemonitor (stopped from running and another one showed up)

Could someone help me

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#2 ratchet48


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Posted 06 February 2010 - 10:49 PM

Right click your Task Bar and select Task Manager, then click the Performance tab. Look at your Memory Usage and CPU.
Leave Task Manager open and open something else. If your Ram or CPU is pegged out, or both, you might be able to add more Ram and get by.

Programs load into ram first then when none is available they use your your page file or virtual memory on your hard drive.
This makes your CPU work harder.

You can get Ram pretty cheap for older machines, I use Crucial, they have a scan tool and stand behind what they sell.

Another thing you might look into is backing up your data and wiping your drive and reloading XP, clean start. Maybe get a new drive and use the old one for backup.

Edited by ratchet48, 06 February 2010 - 10:50 PM.

#3 garmanma


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Posted 06 February 2010 - 11:09 PM

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grovemonitor - Microsoft Office http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/groove/HA101656331033.aspx

ctfmon-Microsoft Office


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