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I bought this pc on 5/03/04 it is getting real slow. I don't have the start up or restore disc. how can I get it back to newer status

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Your post could be attended to by:

  • do a clean/fresh re-install of the Operating System. You can borrow a WIndows CD instaler as long as it matches your OS;
  • do a System Restore to the earliest possible.
Alternately, a couple of suggestions:
  • increase your swap file/virtual memory to roughly double your physical memory;
  • defrag your main hard drive;
  • Trim/slim down your startup files (msconfig), uncheck unnecessary programs;
  • select "Adjust for best performance" in your Performance Options (System Properties);
  • Verify that you do not have any virus or malwares lurking somewhere.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards. Thank you for using FixYa.

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1. go to START -PROGRAMS - STARTUP- right cliuck on and delete all here-(this wont delete programs, just make it so you have to start them manually from the start menu)- this IS what you want.
2. while your viewing your desktop, any icons showing next to your clock on the taskbar in the lower right of your screen are RUNNING. usually its stuff like your internet connection, virus protection, etc.
you want to turn off any of these not neccessary (example:realplayer,yahoo messenger,myspace messenger, etc.) Some might require the program to be running and loggin in before the preferences are shown and most have a box with something like " [] start when windows starts" and you just need to uncheck it and hit apply.
3. if you havent got ATF cleaner, its a must have and will empty all your temp files on demand, i use it everytime i log off the internet . its free here just click on the red atfcleaner button to start the download , download it to your desktop. its fast and saves you from having to manually del all the internet **** you collect as you browse.
4. you may also want to disable unused services and programs through MSCONFIG, i could write a term paper on that, but its a bit much for now.
Do steps one through three and post here if you need step four..
please rate & may the force be with you.....

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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