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Reformating Hard Drive And Installing Windows Xp Home

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#1 dan9119a


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Posted 27 January 2007 - 10:36 PM

I am having major problems with my computer running so slow. I have downloaded the anti-virus and anti-spyware programs that are suggested on this sight and can find nothing. I am so frustrated, my computer used to be much faster. Now it is almost unusable. I have considered buying a new copy of Windows XP Home and starting all over by completely deleting my hard drive and reinstalling the new copy. Will this fix my problem and make my computer run faster like the good old days

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 11:59 PM

Reformatting your computer will make it run like brand spanking new. Before you do that drastic step (which i do at least twice a year), go to Start>Run> and type MSCONFIG and hit ok. Go to the tab that says "Startup" and disable everything. Most times people have too many programs running at one time at start up. IE my father in law with his massive 50 startup programs running on 256MB of memory. UGH! But anyways, if your having problems with Spyware n such, I recommend the combination of Yahoo Toolbar with Antispy, and Windows Defender. Both are free to download and are very great at catching items. Good luck to you and I hope this help. Please post feedback

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 12:23 AM

press control alt delete when you startup and go to processes under there take note of how many are running and how many are actually from your user name

then Id go into msconfig and disable them if plausible,

disabling all won't disable anything windows related and in fact some of the programs you supposedly disabled will come back without you even saying so, So be prepared

also while you're in the processes in task manager take note of which programs are running the most memory and post back here, they may in fact be infected and whatever you're using just isn't picking htem up, which in my case, Ended badly for me :thumbsup:

Edited by resp, 28 January 2007 - 12:24 AM.

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 02:24 AM

"mature" installations of XP suffer from "bloat" - it's that junk that's added in over time on a system that slows it down. A good place to start would be this thread that's pinned at the top of this forum: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/44690/slow-computer/
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Posted 28 January 2007 - 05:43 AM

Go to the tab that says "Startup" and disable everything.

I would recommend against disabling "everything". If you recognize a program name as being something you want/need (like your Antivirus) leave it enabled; if you recognize a program name as something you don't want/need (examples from my computer: Acrotray [an Adobe Acrobat Program], qttask [a Quicktime program], all disabled) then you can disable them; programs which you do not recognize, do a Google search and/or check the Startup List here http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/, post back to this thread too for additional help.

Summary: Don't disable what you don't recognize. Research, consult, then act.

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