My Dell Inspiron six000 is slow on startup and generally slow working. At first it was great and quite fast. Also many numeric keys do not work i.e. five, six, dashes, plus and equal and delete keys. What could be the problem. It will not allow me to system restore say, a year back.
Sounds like both machines may have spyware / malware on them. I would download Malwarebytes Anti-malware scanner, it is a free download; can be found here: http://www.malwarebytes.org/mbam.php
Paying for the program gives you "real time" protection, but it is fully operational without paying the only difference is no real time protection is offered.
This will get rid of a lot of the junk that often gets installed on a computer over time.
The other thing to look at is upgrading your RAM, a lot of computers are sold with only 256 MB of RAM on XP machines and 2 GB on Vista machines; these are the bare min required to run Windows; you should max out the RAM for your machine; depending upon the age of the machine you should be able to add anywhere from 2 GB to 4 GB of RAM, really old machines may have a cap limit of 512 MB or 768 MB check with your manufacture before purchasing. Some motherboards will support more than 4 GB but unless you are running XP 64 bit or a 64 bit version of Vista; the 32 bit OS is only going to see a max of 4 GB in XP Home Edition it seems to only see a max of 3 GB.
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Did you replace the hard drive? It is quite possible there is an issue with the drive at that age. YOu could try an application called "SpeedFan" or "HD Tune" and run a S.M.A.R.T test on it. This will help you determine the drive status. You can run a benchmark with "Hd Tune" and determine the speed of the drive. If you want to post your results, I will certainly help out further.
Probably it has some virus that slows down the booting process.Besides that you might have many startup programs,which you can un-install if you don't need at startup.Also, cleaning your disks will be a good idea.These tips might help solve the sluggish attitude!
Deleting files are generally not a good idea as many programs may utilize files located in various directories. Going into C:\Program Files\<folder> and deleting information this way can be detrimental to your PC.
There is a way to see and select/deselect startup programs from running. To see this list, go to Start -> Run (or use the Windows Key + r) and type msconfig. Click on the "Startup" tab and you'll see a list of programs. The important thing to note is not to simply go through this list and uncheck everything.
Using Google, you can search for the "Startup Item" named to find out exactly what it is. You also may be able to discern what application it belongs to by expanding the "Command" column. This will let you see the location of that statup item.
In general, things like instant message programs, Adobe products, camera products, are not needed. Things such as Nvidia and Realtek/SoundMax are related to video/sound items and would be something you want to keep checked.
Try unchecking things that don't need to be running at start up. Then see if your PC performance improves.
i use it for cleaning up my computer but after you install it you can click on the far right button concerning 'startup items' uncheck boxes for programs such as messenger, skype, 4od, iplayer, limewire, utorrent etc but do not uncheck any programs that you are not sure of what they do. most slow boots are to do with people installing programs and not unchecking the box that says 'run when windows starts'. there is a method for deleting 'prefetch' in startup too, but i would suggest you try the first method i mentioned first, as the 'prefetch' option can cause all sorts of problems if you are not 100% sure what you are doing.. ncleaner is a great program anyway, you should definitely use it to clean up your computer, although when i first ran it, it deleted everything in My Received Files, so copy everything out of there to somewhere else first. :) good luck chris
try to check running programs on the back ground, you could view that by going to the task manager.
exiting programs that you dont need will give you some spare virtual memory.
to access task manager:
press ctrl+alt+del then press task manager,
also check the loading programs upon booting the computer, check your startup and remove unnecessary programs that load upon startup.
set your computer to have the best performance
one more thing try to disable your anti virus to see if it is the cause of the slowing of performance.
If your computer is running kind of sluggish, you can fix it with an easy clean up of your registry. Here's a link to a free scan that works well: www.your-free-info.com/RegCure
I've used this one and it sped up my computer by quite a bit. Hopefully this helps.
What Operating System do you run? If it is Windows XP SP2 (Home Edition or professional), here are some things you can do to speed up your system. 1st you should remove all programs that are not required from the start menu. Start > Run > Msconfig > startup tab. Unselect all that are not necessary. Also Right click on my computer > properties > Advanced > Performance settings > Adjust for best performance. This should speed things up a little. I would recommend atleast 512 MB of memory to run Windows XP and its applications decently. You should consider an upgrade.