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As with all computer advice, remember if you do something you may render your Windows installation to where it will not boot. Please follow instructions carefully, do not do things which are not listed, and if you are not sure, click cancel and stop before you get into trouble. That being said, here are some solutions:

Slow is a complicated issue, and probably the most common complaint with any type of computer, and there can be one or several problems. It has to do with: how many programs are loaded; how many icons are on your desktop; how many programs load when you boot; how much ram; how many fonts you have installed; speed of the hard drive; <sometimes> which program you ran before the one you're running now; how much junk is on your computer; and many more variables. There are places where temporary files are stored, and sometimes they are automatically deleted after a certain period of time, but sometimes this does not happen like it should. I can give you several things to try. First be sure all programs are off.
1) Go to start, all programs, accessories, then disk cleanup. Run it, and it will ask you if you are sure you want to do it. If you are not sure, then don't. Otherwise, click yes, and this will delete unused/unusable files from your computer. When it finishes, click OK and get out of everything.
2) 2) Open control panel, then double click on internet options. Then delete files - probably leaving cookies, passwords, and form data unchecked. Just in case you need help deciding whether or not to delete certain files: Cookies are small files that tell websites you visit that you have been there before – it helps the website “remember” things like your email address, your name, whether or not you are a member, things like that. Passwords are simply that – passwords you type in so that when you go to a website again, you don’t have to type them in again. Form data is a collection of information about you – when you fill in a form, it does most of it for you. After deleting whichever files you decide, clear out your history, and set your time to remember which websites you have visited to a few days instead of 20 or so. You may have to look around, click settings, and so forth to find these settings – it depends on which version of Internet Explorer you have. When done, close everything out.
3) Open my computer, and double click on C drive. Double click on Windows, then double click on the temp folder. Click "ctrl and a" at the same time, and all files should be selected. Then hit the delete key. It will probably tell you some file(s) are in use. Deselect those files by then holding ctrl key down, and single click that file, the rest should still be blue. You may have to do this several times, but eventually you will get rid of a ton of extra files, leaving the ones Windows is still using. Within all the "temp" folders are just that - temporary things. Windows stores them while it does something with them, and when it is done, they should be deleted, but as you can tell by looking, it simply does not happen.
4) Close all that stuff, then open my computer again, then double click on "C". Then double click on "documents and settings" and then one at a time, open the different users., As an example, I open (double click) Jon, then local settings, then temp. Do the same here - delete all the stuff. Then do the same for the other users. Not all users have a "local settings" folder.
5) After you are done, then go to start; all programs, accessories, system tools, then disk cleanup and run it. It will ask you if you are sure, say yes. Then do the same thing again, except this time run disk defragmenter. It will take some time. Close everything out, reboot, and then run defrag again.
6) Delete as many icons as you can from your desktop. Do you really need an icon to start your PDF reader when you double click a file and it starts automatically? Or an icon leading to Microsoft Word, when the same thing can be accomplished by clicking start and it is there? Get rid of most of them if you can.

I'm pretty sure this will help some.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010


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