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Windows operates very slowly

Even thought I ran Disc Cleanup and then Defrag, the system operates better but still very slowly. For instance, when I launch IE, it takes a minute or so to let me see the browser. What to do?

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  • scott011 May 11, 2010

    What os. are you running? And I need some spec. of your pc.

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It could be too many startup apps in Msconfig, not enough memory, need to run Volume Check, need to run defrag, bad spots on hard drive, spyware.

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on Dec 23, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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Cant defrag because it says it cant because disk cleanup is scheduled on next restart I did not schedule one but when you restart it says cleanup has been cancelled...help


Simply download a PCFresher and defrag your OS by using its Deframenter feature with one click. Its a very reliable program am using it since 2011.

Sep 04, 2013 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition

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My computer work very slowly it doesent respond to my order fast but so slowly when start up ,go on net >>>>>i want to run repair on line please send me the linkn>>>>>my...


Hello there,

Initially, you can do a disk cleanup and disk defragmentation. Go click on Windows Start >> All Programs >> Accessories then System Tools. Disk cleanup will delete all uneccessary files in your computer. Disk defragmenter rearranges files stored on the computer making it load easily.

You can also do a free scan by clicking on the link below.

http://eset.com/onlinescan

Jun 02, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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My computer can't defrag, it just runs for hours on end.


I haven't used the default defrag prog in windows for a long time but it was always known to take forever if regular defrags had not been performed.

This will be the case for any defrag prog. however there are faster ones out there. Try the following free one and defrag weekly.

http://download.cnet.com/Auslogics-Disk-Defrag/3000-2094_4-10567503.html?part=dl-6267754&subj=dl&tag=button

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Computer takes longer to boot up, plus is running very slow


1. To increase PC boot speed:
There must be too many programs automatically start when you boot your PC. To manage them, click Run, type in "msconfig", select "Boot", then you can disable unnecessary programs from that list.

2. To increase PC running speed:
* Adding RAM is the most effective method, but if the RAM is already at the maximum, then do the following.
* Run disk cleanup and defragmenter. But to be honest, the built-in Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter run quite slow and they will take you quite a long time, so I never use them. Third-party programs are better.
* Run registry optimizer software and defrag. No Windows built-in tools to do this. Search on google or refer to this free registry cleaner review.

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I use photoshop elements 7 on windows vista and recently got an error message saying it has stopped working... any suggestions?


Photoshop did the same for me. What I did was a system cleanup. Ran disk defrag after that and it worked fine. Having too much clutter effected my experience. Once done it ran fine.

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Disc d is almost full. Processing is so slow. How do I free-up space on d?


Defrag, Dis Cleanup ,removing unwanted software,buy another har drive,partionise your hard drive.

Hope this helps if you need more please post.

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