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My machine is running slow and

I have only used up a little over half the hard disk space. I purged the machine of all unncecessary software and it is still slow. What route should I take? Go to Geeksquad and upgrade the memory or buy a new machine? Thanks! PS: I have just basic nuts and bolts software on this laptop. MS Office (2003), McAffee, Itunes, Sony Digital Handycam software... My friend told me that the new versions of software eat up much more Ram than an older computer can handle and that it is best to just buy a new machine. Is he right?

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Hey, I recomend you to look at the programs that startup along with windows in Msconfig.
The procedure about how to check the programs that start with windows using Msconfig utility and disabling them is listed in the link given below :
http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_xp.html

Try disabling unwanted programs in the Startup tab in the Msconfig window which should improve the performance.
Most of the programs that are preinstalled in the Notebook will be having some services running in the background which can also be disabled from the Services tab.
Check the box "Hide all non-microsoft services" which will show the services that doesnot belong to the Operating System and disable the ones  you donot require.
Do find additional instructions to improve the performance of your machine from the links below :
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&dlc=en&cc=us&docname=c00034290

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308417

Hope this helps.....

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Did you really purge everything? Temporary files, log files, etc?
If not, the first thing to do is a disk cleanup. Get rid of everything (though compressing old files might take a very long time - sometimes it is not worth the trouble). Any temporary file will make windows explorer and internet explorer slower. Clean these regularly. Also, set your pagefile to at least 1,5 times the size of your RAM. And defrag your disk every once in a while.
Also, try to get "Free Registry Defrag" from the web and run it. It helps.
Oh, and a dusty machine is a slow machine. Vacuum its bowels.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008

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