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PC takes several minutes to boot up & runs very slowly

PC 5yrs old. CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2400+, Clock speed: 1997Mhz. A7N8X-VM motherboard, 256MB RAM, 82GB HD. Takes forever to just get the desktop screen up after switching on and then takes several more minutes to connect to internet (have broadband). When connected to internet PC works quickly enough.

Trying to open any programmes on PC (word, powerpoint, files etc) sees to take ages.

Would exchanging the motherboard with more RAm or faster processor help. Can anyone help? Thanks.

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    Stephen Scheneman May 11, 2010

    More RAM never hurt anyone. Depending on your operating system, you are very near the minimum. Please give more details about your OS, programs running, which programs start automatically at boot or logon. How long has it been since you performed the general drive maintenance tasks (i.e. defrag, cleaing, etc...)

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If you're running WinXP with only 256 MB of RAM, it WILL take forever to boot up. As cheap as RAM is nowadays, I'd recommend at least 512 but 1 GB is even better.
As ulcimd1 pointed out, there are some general maintenance procedures that should be performed on a regular basis to help speed things up as well.
Let's start with what programs load up when your computer is booting.
From the Start button, click it and choose Run. Type in msconfig and hit Enter or OK. There is a tab called Startup. When you click that, everything you see checked will load during bootup. Some things you need, some things you don't. What would those be? Depending on what you have installed, the list could be long and involved. A general rule of thumb is to let your knowledge of what you have be the guide. There's no need for Office, your printer and other unnecessary periperhals and programs. If in doubt, Google any Startup Item to see if it's a necessary process. To be doubly safe, uncheck the unknowns one at a time and reboot after each to see if the system is affected.
When you reboot the first time, you'll get a warning that says changes have been made to the startup. Check the box to not have the message shown again.
If the Command line is blank, this is a clue that it may not be safe. Many viruses and malware programs will hide themselves this way.
Next, let's take a look at your hard drive. Go to My Computer, click it and right click your hard drive. This should be your C dirve. Choose Properties. In the General tab, click Disk Cleanup. It will examine your drive to determine what can be done to clean out unnecessary files. I generally check every box except the Compress Old Files and let it do its thing by choosing OK.
Onwards to the next tab- Tools. Choose the Defragment Now box and then the drive (C) that you want to examine. Choose analyze and let it run. The more red you see, the more the files that need to be together are separated. The analysis will pop up a box and let you know the recommendation. This will take quite some time so allow for that. A word of warning- if you don't have 15% free space on your hard drive, it may not work at all. This is a great time to go to Control Panel> Add or Remove Programs and uninstall applications you no longer use.
Time to scan for malware, adware and viruses. Before you use your programs (you do have them, right?), make sure to update. I use a couple of different ones. AVG is my choice for anti-virus, I also use Spybot and Malwarebytes to check for malware,etc.
That's it. These all done in combination should help to speed things up. Should you have concerns or questions on any of these steps, feel free to post a question. I'll be online most of the day helping out.
Please rate this accordingly and thanks for using Fixya.com

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