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How do i make an older PC run faster?

I just bought an older Dell off of someone today...it's pretty much a dinosaur. This thing 'appears to be' clean..but it takes forever to start & a long time between *mouse click to actual program response* i threw an additional 512 stick of ram at it...but the differences were only subtle. additional details: its running Win XP, came with 256mb RAM (laughable) ..and a 40 gig HD,..not sure of the processor etc..it took too long & i got impatient. thanks..any help is appreciated

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Hello,


I suggest that you reinstall the operating system of that computer and upgrade the Memory stick and hard drive. However you have to make sure that the computer can handle the upgrades. What is the manufacturer of the computer?

David

Posted on Apr 20, 2013

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  • Andrew Wyeth Apr 20, 2013

    It is a Dell, but i am unsure of what model #..etc (thanks for the response, btw

  • David Greene
    David Greene Apr 20, 2013

    No problem. The first thing that you can is to reinstall the operating system and install the drivers. You also have to make sure that the drivers are up-to-date. That would make your computer run faster. You can use RadarSync to automate it. Don't buy hardware parts yet, they are expensive. You can start with the software side. It will surely speed up if you clean it up. And, tear down the computer and clean it. There are dusts inside and it can result to overheating which can result to freezing up or slowing down of your computer. Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Andrew Wyeth Apr 21, 2013

    well, i cleaned the internal components with duster. i did throw another stick of ram in, but neither really helped that much. There was a Windows XP installation cd that came with it, but when i tried to run it, it said something along the lines of "you are trying to install an older version" but wouldnt allow me to continue with the installation. I was gonna attempt a defrag, but it took so long to even load the screen..i just got impatient & decided i'd look for other options. i cant seem to get this thing running at a 'factory' speed

  • David Greene
    David Greene Apr 22, 2013

    I'm just curious about XP's message ""you are trying to install an older version" ... Did you insert the disc while XP is running? Or did you do the clean reinstallation? You should do a clean reinstallation . Boot to CD, then reformat. Don't overwrite the operating system.

  • Andrew Wyeth Apr 24, 2013

    yeah, while XP was running.... is there an option in XP to do the format? ..or do i gotta go oldschool ( in DOS typing: format c:/) ? ...it has been years since ive even messed in this area with computers

  • Andrew Wyeth Apr 24, 2013

    ...how do i do a clean reinstallation WITHOUT overwriting? *thanks for all your help by the way, i really appreciate it*

  • Andrew Wyeth Apr 30, 2013

    Update: I managed to do a complete format & fresh XP installation by booting from the cd. Now it works like a dream!

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