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PC runs extra slow

I have my pc which about 4 years old, Microsoft XP OS, with 10gig hard drive. at first its runs good but i have changes in my set up then its so slow now.. please help

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Without knowing what changes you made, it is hard to solve your problem.

If all you have changed is software, run a system restore back to before you made the changes.

Click Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools and select System Restore.

Follow the prompts and select a bold date prior to the changes you made. After rebooting, you should be back to normal.

If you made hardware changes, undue them if you can.

Also, a 10 GB drive is tiny by today's standards for XP. If you can afford it a larger drive (minimum 40 GB) would not only give more space, but the newer and larger drives run much much faster.

Let me know if you need advice on getting a new drive or if the system restore does not solve the problem. Also, if you need more help, provide *all* the details of what you changed.


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