I am at work where I am a receptionist and we are a non-profit company so we have still old computers running Windows XP even though there is no more support for XP from Microsoft. The bottom line with the company is money so I am stuck using this POC.
Anyway I would like some advice as I remember back when XP could run on this little memory but I don't know if it is because the net today is more demanding on systems or what not (using Microsoft Office 2003 (11.8330.8405) SP3 where we always have Outlook open for mail as well as use the MS Office Word 2003 for letters to go out in the mail from this office. We use Chrome version 44.0.2403.125m. The only other thing I see running is Trend Micro Security Agent which they take care of and I have no say what they should use or not.
The computer itself is
And yes that is not a typo with the memory.
Looking at Display (I assumed it was onboard) reads:
SiS 661FX 32MB
Resolution 1024 x 768 x 60 hertz
The main HDD is WDC WD80 (NTFS):
75Gb with 27.84 GB free left on it.
I do what I can but it is up to the boss and when we said we needed a newer computer he turned to facebook asking if anyone had any computers they wanted to donate to us...
I don't really have much hope for a better computer and so here I am the receptionist stuck with Windows XP and less than 1/2 Gb of ram ..
Any advice for how to speed up a slow computer That often hangs (especially if we have to do any research online which uses the browser .. which I have tried Firefox but the tech who works on the computer uninstalled it saying we only need IE and anything extra slows down the computer. The reason I installed Chrome 8was some of the sites we needed to access would not work on the version of IE we have. WE have IE 8.0.6001.18702 and cannot go any higher unless we upgrade the computer itself.
At this business we help disabled people look for work and we look up jobs for them. The computer totally choked when I had to look up jobs for hospitality and opened up a company's site that was all flash and animated fanciness.
I try to have very few addons since I know those slow down computers normally and this one can't take that but we do have one for making it easy for them to make fonts larger or smaller without having to know Ctrl+ or Ctrl- as well as one for printing edit that cuts out the added crap so we don't waste ink on printing out pages with ads on them.
I also have cleaned the dust out of the case as much as I could without taking anything apart (just opening the case up with computer off and unplugged) since it seems a lot of dust is attracted to the case which is on the floor under the desk (no carpetting so that is good at least). What else can I do to help this aging computer? I wish there was some way I could convince the boss that this computer isn't good enough for today's needs anymore...