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There are some steps which you can try to boost your Windows XP PC/Laptop's speed & performance:
1) Removing Startup items
Click Start, point to Programs, click
Startup, and then right-click each item in Startup and
Delete. Your Startup folder should be empty
2) Remove unnecessary programs from Add & remove programs list
Click Start, point to Settings, and
Double-click Add or Remove Programs icon.
Scroll through the list of installed programs, and remove the
one you don’t need. Be sure about the programs those you don't need.
3) Setting PC/Laptop for best performance
Right-click My Computer and select Properties. Switch to Advanced tab and click the Settings button under
Performance subsection. Performance Options window will open.
Select Adjust For Best Performance option and
click OK button.
This may degrade the looks but will increase the performance of PC/Laptop.
4) Right-click My Computer and select Manage. Computer Management window will open. Maximize Computer Management window.
Click plus sign next to Services and
click Services, and switch to Standard tab on the right.
Disable the following services one by one:
Background Intelligent Transfer Service
Error Reporting Service
Fast User Switching Compatibility Help and Support (switch to Manual)
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Performance Logs and Alerts
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
WebClient Wireless Zero Configuration (don’t disable
wireless network/Internet connection)
To disable the service, search the service name in the list of services & double-click on it. Change Startup Type for the service, selecting Disabled from Startup
type dropdown box and clicking OK button.
Restart the computer.
5) Run CCleaner regularly.
Download CCleaner application from here. Install it.
Run it time to time to run your PC smoothly.
6) Defragment hard drive (may take up to 30
minutes or more than that)
Click Start, select Programs,
Accessories, System Tools, and click Disk Defragmenter.
When Disk Defragmenter window opens, select a
the top portion of the window, and click Defragment button.
no it is not fried. you just need to find a vista disk and use that instead of the recovery disks. Once you reinstall Vista you should be able to go online for the Toshiba drivers. Make sure you have the windows Vista Key which should be located under the laptop. the vista software install will ask for it.
If this is new, I would suggest pulling your hard drive and letting the factory take care of it. It's a shame your having this type of issue with a new system.
Lets try something first though. Boot the laptop with your vista disc in it and hit any key when it tells you to. After windows loads, it should give you options, choose repair startup. This is of course if you performed this right. The computer is not going to give you a alot of time to choose when it says hit any key to boot from cd, so watch close. As soon as you see the Toshiba screen tap F12, this will bring up a one time boot order change menu, arrow down to the cd/dvd drive and select it by hitting enter, the computer will reboot and will try to boot from the cd. This is where you have to be watching for the hit any key message. If you get to the point where windows is loading files off the cd, there may be hope we can take care of this here. First try to repair the start....reboot and let the computer reboot without the disc....if it does not do it all again and this time choose to restore the computer to another time and pick a day or two before the problem. choose ok and let the laptop reboot and restore. See if it will reboot onits own, if it does, great.....if not get back to us.
Try inserting your Windows CDROM at startup and look for press any key to boot from cd. Wait 'til " Welcome to Setup" occurs and press R for repair. Type Administrator password or just click enter after choosing (most likely) 1. At windows prompt, type fixboot and after self repair type exit.
The system is likely encountering a critical error and theautomatically restart option has been selected in the startup andrecovery options. Right click on My Computer and select Properties/Advanced Tab/Startup and Recovery/Settings Button.
Under System Failure, uncheck the Automatically Restart option. Thiswill allow the error to be displayed when the problem is encountered.
You need to perform some troubleshooting steps to try and locate exactly where the problem is coming from.
there are many bios passwords but most except 1 can be bypassed by a simple work around:
open your laptop exposing the mother board, look for a the CMOS/BIOS battery (the one in the picture). if you have more than one, remove both, then let it sit without the battery for at least 3 hours. (best if you do this overnight because results may vary depending on the model of your mobo)
after that, put the battery back in, put the laptop back together, and you are good to go.
good luck, hope you get this one running.
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