Question about Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
I have a Vista-based system and a C drive with 130G of memory. Windows explorer shows the drive as having almost no free memory yet when I look into the files I can see I can only account for some 16G of visible files (including windows, program files and all the user files). I have used all the standard windows accessories (disc clean up, de-frag, memory checker).
For some reason, the past few weeks my computer has been running excruciatingly slow. We checked the Task Manager only to discover that something is using 90% of the memory. Can't figure out what it is exactly though.
We have McAfee antivirus/spamware installed and just a few days ago decided to install an adware program hoping that would fix it to no avail.
Mind if I be a smart ass for a minute? The problem is you bought windoze vista instead of XP. Vista is pretty bad. Sorry.
If I were in your shoes, I would backup anything important, reformat the drive and reinstall the crappy Vista software (if you must).
If you decide to reformat, may I recommend that you devide your drive into two partitions?
With a 130G hard drive, I would make two partitions. A 30G Boot partituon (c: drive) that you can store your O/S (Vista) on, and a 100G partition (d: drive) for everything else.
When you do this, you only have to back up your boot drive, and since it's only 30 G you don't need as many CDs/DVDs/room on an external drive. Also, if your boot drive becomes corrupted, you only have to restore that one drive from your backup.
Norton Ghost is a perfect utility for doing backups like this since it will make the backup on bootable CDs or DVDs.
Posted on Feb 14, 2008
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But it is recommended that you use the requirements needed for smooth running of Windows Vista, that are:
[*]1 gigahertz (GHz) 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
[*]1 gigabyte (GB) of system memory (512 megabytes (MB) for Home Basic)
[*]40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space (20 GB for Home Basic)
[*]Support for DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM and 128 MB of graphics memory (32 MB for Home Basic)
I hope I was of help
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