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Speeding up pc

Hi iam on windows xp but it is really slow any ideas on how to speed things up

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    hi not to well up on pcs when you say cpu hdd vga what does that mean?? also when you say applications what is that.

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    What's your system like (cpu, memory, hdd, vga)? How many applications run at the same time?

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Click the Windows START button.
With right-mouse button, click MY COMPUTER
Click 'Properties'.
On the 'General' tab, what is listed below 'Computer:',
e.g., "Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00 Ghz, 2.99 Ghz, 2032 MB of RAM".

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My first recommendation would be to buy some extra RAM that fits your computer. If you want to keep it free, i would start by eliminating things from starting on start up. go to start - run and type in 'msconfig' click on the start up tab at the very right. Anything that is run by your username and that resembles a program you know of, you can uncheck. You can tell if it is one of your programs if it says C:\program files\'program name'

I would also say to defrag your computer, go to start - accessories - system tools and then look for a defrag option.

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There's a whole multitude of things you can do to speed up your system, but I need to know some things about your computer. Firstly, press Ctrl + Alt + Del. This brings up the task-manager. Go to the, "Processes" tab at the top. Now in the bottom-left corner there should be a readout on how many processes are currently running on your system. Tell us how many processes are running on your system. The number should be somewhere in the 20s for optimal system performance.

Next, do you have some form of anti-spyware and/or anti-virus software on your system? If so, what is it called? Changing out your AS and AV machines could give you more protection while using less system resources. This will help increase your system speed as well.

Next we can use a free utility to help erase junk files from our system. I use and recommend the CCleaner utility. It is free and does a half-decent job of finding temporary files and removing them. If you want to go hard-core and pay for a utility which will do a VERY decent job in cleaning up your system and speeding it up, I highly recommend Auslogics Boost Speed. I have tried it in the past and absolutely LOVE IT!

Lastly defragmenting your hard-drive would ensure that your files remain readable and easy to access. This will aid system performance greatly. The default Windows Defragmenting utility found in Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools will work just fine. However if you're like me you want something more, I highly recommend O&O Defrag as it is simply amazing and can defragmenet any hard-drive to extremes!

There's a lot of possibilities, however it depends on how you want to go about using them. Get back to us with the amount of processes running on your system and we'll see if we can help you optimize your system to run at faster speeds. :-)

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