Slow start with home edition of xp
The HP Pavilion a350n Desktop PC, came out in late 2003.
This suggests to me, that you may have had the computer a long time.
You need to clean the harddrive of,
A) Unnecessary files,
B) Fragmented files,
C) Unused programs, and applications,
D) Plus frequently defragment the harddrive.
A, and B.
The best method is to use a Registry Cleaner. I recommend a Free one.
A) It is Free.
B) It works as well, or better than the paid fore versions.
This is Wikipedia, and the article on Ccleaner,
The home page for Ccleaner is on the upper right, underneath the illustration.
Should you wish to download, install, and use this free program, come back with a comment, and I'll walk you through using it.
After you know how you'll find out it's really easy.
Every time you go to a website, you pick up cookies. These are harmless, but after a given time they take up space on your harddrive.
Whenever your harddrive is more than 50 percent full, your computer starts to slow down. You really start noticing it, when your harddrive is more than 70 percent full.
30 percent Free Space.
With Windows running, Left-click on Start, then Left-click on My Computer.
Look at Local Disk (C:)
This is your harddrive.
What percentage of Free Space do you have?
Don't see this? It could be the type of View you are using.
Go to the top header. Look for the icon that looks like a rectangle with 6 colored squares in it, and has a black triangle pointing down.
(To the right of the yellow Folders icon)
Click on the Black triangle. It's a Down Arrow. There will be a drop down list. Left-click on - Details
Now what percentage of Free Space do you have?
Whenever you have a program, or application that you have deleted, there will be file fragments left behind. These take up space on the harddrive.
When your harddrive has about 5 to 10 percent left of Free Space, your computer will crawl like a Snail.
You can't defragment your harddrive if you do not have enough Free Space left on your harddrive.
Go to Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs.
After the Add/Remove Programs list has populated, look for programs, or applications you may have installed, and rarely, If ever use anymore.
Get rid of the one's you don't need.
DO NOT Remove any Windows programs!
Unused programs/applications take up harddrive free space.
After you have removed all programs/applications that are unused, run Ccleaner.
Clean the Windows registry.
D) After you have enough Fee Space on the harddrive, you can run defragment.
(Start>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Rearrange Items on Your Computer to Make Programs Run Faster.
If you do not see Performance and Maintenance, you are in the Classic view.
If you go up to the top left corner, you will see the Control Panel heading, and underneath it -
'Switch to Category View'
Left-click on it. If you desire the Classic View again, you can always switch back)
You may get a comment about using your restoration CD disk, to restore your computer.
1) IF, you still have the Restoration CD disk, you have my respect! Very few of us still have this disk after 3 years, much less almost 7.
2) BE AWARE, that you will restore the computer back to the way it was, when it came from the factory.
Back to Day 1.
FROM THE FACTORY
This means any Programs, or Applications you have installed, or downloaded, will be GONE!
This means any personal documents you have will be GONE!
My Photos, My Videos, My Music, and any saved documents, or documents you have made. (My Documents folder)
Just wanted you to be aware of that.
Back up your personal documents to CD, or DVD disks. (DVD-R, or RW for videos)
You need the program, or application CD disks, to put them back on the computer.
You cannot copy them to a disk.
I await your questions.
Dec 20, 2009 |
HP Pavilion a350n PC Desktop