My PC which is Windows XP has not been working good for a few months now. When I bootup in the morning everything shows up but any programs that I click on will not come up even Internet Exporer, the...
There are several factors which could be causing this, the four I suspect are :
1.) Hard drive is affected with bad sectors and RSC errors
2.) You have a virus
3.) Windows is corrupt
4.) Your hard drive is fragmented badly
In this order, try these solutions.
1.) Go to My Computer then right click on the hard drive icon, go to properties / tools and defragment hard drive. This will take a long time.
When this is done, same as above but under properties/ tools, schedule a disk check on reboot.
(these actions will fix any errors that CAN be repaired easily in windows and move your files where they should be on the hard drive (over time, windows likes to "chuck the files anywhere it can", resulting in slow performance and the need to reboot.
2.) Now, go Back to my computer hard drive and properties and see how much space is FREE on your hard drive, if it is less than 1GB, click on Disk cleanup. This will remove all the junk files like cookies and the other detritus that accumulates over a period of time. If after this there is still only a little free space, then get as much off the drive and saved elsewhere as you can.. consider fitting another hard drive as a slave to store your data on and leave the main drive to do the programmes etc.
(Windows uses what is called a "swap file", this "helps" the computer run programmes and store info in memory...if thre is not enough free space on your drive, it struggles to work efficiently.
3.) Even if the computer is now working faster, STILL do this.
Download a copy of HDD tune from the internet (the free version) and install and run, in the tab for doing a disk check, do a quick check and if any of the little green squares turns red (more than 3 is not good), get your data off asap and prepare to replace the HDD asap.
4.) Download a copy of DRWEB Cure it from the internet, save to a memory stick and run it on the computer, this will NOT install to the hard drive, BUT will scan to get rid of any viruses and malware
This should sort out your problems
Jan 18, 2011 |