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Slow computer I have this model dell which was purchased brand new several years ago - maybe 4-5 and was upgraded before shipment to whatever they recommended at the time. We now have broadband which helps immensely but my computer seems draggy. I have regcure, webroot spy sweeper, firewall and had McAfee but won't let me update software. I only use for some small document torage, not too many pics and shows I have plenty of room on computer but use mostly for web browsing and emails. Any help with slow computer or should I call Geek Squad?

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My dell 2400 has 40GB HD. I want to upgrade to the biggest HD my 'puter can handle without exploding. So how big of a HD should I buy? Please talk to me like I'm an idiot. (I am.)

I will also be upgrading memory to 2GB.

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Go to start - all programs - accessories - system tools - deframentor. Then anylise and if it says you need to deframgment do it. It bunches the Items on your hard drive together to make the space you have, accesable.

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Cheap fix:
A dimension 2400 typically came with 256 or 512M ram, upgrade ram and you should see a big improvement for around $15

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for 512M. put 2 in for 1 gig
With each patch and service pack, windows XP is getting bigger and bigger. I had 12 machines with 512M that worked great a year ago and now became dog slow, upgraded all to 1 gig and now users all saw a dramatic improvement.

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    ps... these 12 machines were carefully maintained and had nightly virus and spyware scans, and sit behind a business firewall.


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Well you pretty much answered your own question.

The computer is old (simply put). The only thing you can possibly do to speed it up is to make sure you don't have alot of things running in the background. The only thing the Geek Squad is gonna tell you is its time to upgrade which you already know.

to turn things off in the background

click the start menu
choose run
type in msconfig.exe
go to the startup tab
uncheck anything you don't need running (I would suggest unchecking everything you can start them on your own)

then restart

basiclly what you just did is turned off every program that starts when windows does. This saves your computer from using ram on uneeded programs.

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Geek squad will charge you a lot and not do anything. Uninstall McAfee and spy sweeper. McAfee slows down all computers.

Do the following and let me know if it helps.

Turn the system restore off. System restore keeps everything in restore. Meaning......... If you have spyware or a virus, it will stay in your system. Run Spybot S&D (This program is free and is better than using msconfig as long as you go through the settings and change everything to the highest settings.) Then do the same with Adaware 2008 (sounds stupid to use 2 things for spyware, but one catches what the other one does not.). I have links on my website ( These links go directly to the download so you will not get the run around. You would do good to try a program called Window Washer. This is a great program that completely cleans anything in your computer that you do not need. It will not clean out anything that you have to have. I have used this for years to clean out my customers computers and have cleaned as much as 3 gigs of trash out. If you contact me I will give you some tools that I have for free that will do a great job on your computer. I have them ready to download and I will give you the link. (

Send me the complete specs of your system and I can help you more. I hope that this helps you. There is no reason the really buy a program for spyware when there are free things to use that work great. Free AVG is a great Antivirus and yes it is also free. It will check your e-mail coming and going. It will also let your friends now that the E-mail does not have a virus. It also has a spyware program that is free. This day and time with all of the spyware out on the net you can never have too many programs for spyware. I would not run all of them at the same time though. Make sure that you do not use your computer during any scan. Defrag is also something to do after you do everything else. Some people will tell you that should not reload your computer. If nothing seems to work then sometimes that is the only good way to get it repaired right. Most of the programs that come pre-installed on a store bought computer is useless and most are even trail software that causes problems when they expire. Let me know if this helps at all. Please rate me if it helps.

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There are a couple of things I do to help with speed....

If you wipe your computer again, create one partition for your system for 20-25GB for system files; Afterwards, right click "my computer" disk management: create a NTFS partition for the rest and store any personal files in this drive.

My Computer: Properties
Start\My Computer (right click)\Properties\Advanced\Performance\Settings
*Check the best performance box; then check the bottom two boxes eliminates cursor shadow
etc. (this will get rid of cursor shadows etc)
Start\My Computer (right click)\Properties\Advanced\Performance\Settings\Advanced\Virtual Memory\change
*Computer Managed: Or Type (1.5x size of ram on computer = minimum; 3x size= Max; ex: if you
have 256Mb of ram; min= 384Mb; max= 758. outside of this ratio might be slower.)
Folder Properties:
Start\My Documents\Tools\Folder Options\View\..uncheck
*Automatically search for network folders or printers (Regardless if you're on a domain, the computer will try to search for everything all the time.)

Registry Tweak:
There are things you could do here but see if the previous could help.

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