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Fixing a slow computer


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#1 rowal5555

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:38 AM

Every computer will slow down over time. It is just the nature of the beast.

This PDF will explain why this happens, and how to remedy it. Download from here -

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/download-windows-speed-free-pc-tune-guide/

For XP-7, and of course, free.

Good speeding. Cheers, Rob


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Posted 16 February 2011 - 11:25 AM

Thanks Rowal5555.

Will have a look at it later today. Always looking to squeeze the last little bit of ooomph out of my available resources. :wink:

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 11:53 AM

I just skimmed through it and I have to say it sounds as though it was written by someone who read some tips on the web and then put together the "guide". Increase the pagefile? Uncheck startup items in msconfig as a "permanent" option? No mention of Task Scheduler? "Upgrade" ram? Recommending 3rd party apps that optimize free memory(whatever that means) & defrag the registry??

Sorry, I know you didn't ask but I wouldn't recommend that "guide" to anyone.

Edited by Allan, 16 February 2011 - 11:54 AM.


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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:06 PM

Appreciate the input.

Was figuring it was probably nothing more then a compilation of "already been there done that" sort of things.

But for a "newer" user it may be of some help.

Edited by ThunderZ, 16 February 2011 - 12:10 PM.


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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:15 PM

Sorry, I know you didn't ask but I wouldn't recommend that "guide" to anyone.

Not from my perspective. For example, as I mentioned above the "guide" recommends reducing the number of apps starting by using msconfig. It recommends 3rd party apps that optimize ram and defrag the registry (among other things). It recommends increasing the size of the pagefile (which is never necessary if you simply leave it as system managed). There are other suggestions I'd argue with as well, but the point is that new users should not do any of these things.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:44 PM

Fair comments. I skimmed through it and thought it may be useful for some basic tips.

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Posted 16 February 2011 - 12:47 PM

Hope you're not offended by my post(s). Certainly no offense was meant- clearly your intentions were honorable :)

Edited by Allan, 16 February 2011 - 12:47 PM.


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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:06 AM

You can add new life to an older computer by ditching windoz and installing linux. :busy:

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 07:39 AM

then buyin a ram may not solve the problem as it would be incompatible with rest of your hardware . Buy a new one !!


Better is, build a new one.
It is cheaper and you knows what there is in your case.

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Posted 17 May 2011 - 06:58 AM

Best thing to speed up the computer is to format hard drive and install new system. In my case, I reinstall Windows 7 every 6 months, because it is going much slower than normal. It's working like charm when you reborn it :)

With regards,

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 06:34 AM

Best thing to speed up the computer is to format hard drive and install new system. In my case, I reinstall Windows 7 every 6 months, because it is going much slower than normal. It's working like charm when you reborn it :)

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 05:47 PM

Using a linux operating system will certainly seem to make your computer faster, although for many users you will have to get used to the file system used. eg. Ubuntu is much different at navigation than a windows based PC.

It takes a little bit of practice to use well. :thumbup2:

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Posted 29 May 2011 - 04:36 AM

Using a linux operating system will certainly seem to make your computer faster



Good thing but than must your mobo been compatible with Linux.
The most of them are only compatible with Windows from Microsoft.
My mobo is only compatible with Windows from Microsoft and I can sure you that when I install Linux, that I get troubles with installation.

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Posted 26 June 2011 - 06:18 PM

My mobo is only compatible with Windows from Microsoft and I can sure you that when I install Linux, that I get troubles with installation.


What version are you running in Linux?

I've had no problems running Ubuntu as a second partition on my HDD, but I haven't tried installing a Linux on top of Windows. I just run it from CD normally.

What are the errors you get? Maybe I need to try this on my own system... :thumbup2:


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Edited by bloopie reborn, 26 June 2011 - 06:48 PM.


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Posted 27 June 2011 - 05:43 PM

I have been using Win7 since it was released for my work computer and have not and serious or problematic issues with speed yet. On principle I format my systems every 6 months. It is a little more time consuming, but it is undeniably the best way to restore your system to its original high speeds :-)




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