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Windows running very slow

A while ago our home built PC was taking ages to start up so we added a 20gb hard drive and installed windows there so freeing up the main drive(80gb) for files and folders etc. We thought that this would help the system run more effectively. That was not long ago but already the 20gb drive is nearly rammed and we are no better off. I have tried the windows system tools but it doesn't free up much space and the situation is certainly not much better.
What is going onto the 20gb disc to clog it up and what can I safely delete from the windows OS to free up a usefull amount of space to restore performance?

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Following are the steps that shall be followed in case ones computer is slow to start up:

  • Block the start-ups and services
  • Defragment the disks
  • Defragment your registry
  • Set up the system for best performance
  • Disinfect the system


Block the Startups and Services

When your computer is started up, there might be a number of programs and services running in the background. Some of them would be update checkers, error reporters and the rest are necessary tools like your antivirus etc.

The idea is to disable running the start-ups and service that you no longer need.

  1. Click Start ' Run.
  2. Type MsConfig and press ENTER.
  3. Disable the start-ups and services from the Startup and Services tabs respectively.
  4. Click OK button and restart the machine.

Defragment the Disks

My computer is slow to start up if the disks are too fragmented. Fragmentation refers to dividing a file into several parts which cause slow down in retrieving their contents.

The problem can be solved by defragmenting such fragmented disks using the Disk Defragmenter.

  1. Click Start ' All Programs ' Accessories ' System Tools ' Disk Defragmenter.
  2. Select all the drives.
  3. Click Defragment disks button.

Defragment your Registry

Registry is the database in your operating system containing significant configurations and information. Registry fragmentation too cause my computer is slow to start up issue.

Defragmenting the registry is too simple. You have to download a third party Registry Defragmenter software and install it o your system.

Set Up the System for Best Performance

Setting Windows for maximum performance rather than best appearance could fix the problem. Whenever my computer is slow to start up I perform the same task. The steps are provided below:

  1. Right click My Computer.
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Click Advanced System Settings link at the left hand side of the window.
  4. Click Advanced tab.
  5. In Performance frame, click Settings button.
  6. Select the option Adjust for best performance and click OK ' OK.

Disinfect the System

Sometimes computer is infected by a virus and I feel that my computer is slow to start up.. Change the existing antivirus software and download a good one. Update its virus definitions and conduct a full scan through it. Remove all the infected files that found.

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Click "Start" then "run" then type in msconfig and click "startup".
Uncheck the programs you don't need running at startup and then click "apply" and click restart.

If you feel comfortable...go into the basic input-output system by holding the delete key during intial boot. When the menu appears go to boot menu and choose your hard drive as first item in boot sequence.

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Have you scanned the PC (all drives) for spyware and viruses?

Spybot search & destroy is a good, free application.

For anti-virus, Trend Micro PC-Cillan or CA Internet Security
(Nortons will drastically slow down your computer)

Have you loaded any other software on the C drive?
Often programs designed to load up & run in the background at startup cause a PC to run slow.

RAM can be another culprit. 1GB minimum is best.

Hope this helps

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