HI! has two 40 gig ea. C&D,C main drive 67% full,I have defragment and run full virus check (Windw. live one care) D drive almost empty. Windows task mngr. reads : CPU USAGE=100 PF=555MB, PROCESS=50, COM.CHARGE=556. WHOLE COMPUTER SLOWED DOWN TO A ALMOST HALT. INTERNET AND PROGRAMS. i bought this coimpu from "radio shack" so i dont have a "xp disk" i under stand they include a lot of "JUNK" ON the C drive. what can i safely delete? how do i get lower CPU USAGE? wats wrong with my compu? THANX for your help!
2) Reduce the number of programs that start with Windows, like messengers, file sharing, etc. You can do this from the program options. (for eg, Windows Live Messenger, Ares, Yahoo Mesenger) For startups that you cannot stop in this way, go to Start>run and type "msconfig" (without the quotes) and click on the "startup" tab and uncheck any of these programs you RECOGNIZE and do not need to have start with Windows. (You can always start them from Start>Programs if you need to) http://www.answersthatwork.com/
This page can help you determine what's necessary and what's not.
3) Go to Start>programs>Accessories>system tools>disk cleanup and run this application. Follow the instructions given.
4) Could be that you need more RAM. XP's supposed to run comfortably on 128 MB of RAM, but recent applications seem to be using more and more as time progresses. If you have 512MB or less, it's a good idea to upgrade regardless.
5) Check for file system problems (not very likely, but just in case) Go to Start>run, type "cmd" (without quotes) and press "enter". At the cursor in the window that opens, type chkdsk c:/f and press enter. Follow instructions given. (this most likely requires a restart)
6) If all else fails, try a system restore to the last time your PC worked reasonably well. (Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Restore. Follow the instructions)
7) If this doesn't work, a reformat might be quickest way to solve all your problems. You'll need an original copy of Windows XP (unless you want to upgrade to Vista, which has higer hardware requirements) and install disks or files for all your installed programs as well as backups of ypur personal files. Better left to a professional if you're unsure.
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One of the most common reasons for a slow computer are programs running in the background. Remove or disable any TSRs and startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots. Tip: To see what programs are running in the background and how much memory and CPU they are using, open Task Manager.12 Jul 2017
your problem is that your computer is very slow and you have upgraded your
memory to the maximum, then you should concentrate on cleaning up and
optimising the Windows file system.
Download and install the following utility programs that can help you to improve
the performance of your computer.
Advanced System Care
Free - run the Deep Care option of this utility. DiskMax - run a
Detailed Scan and let it clean up all profiles, updates, cache etc. Smart Defrag - run a
Defrag and Fast Optimize CCleaner - use this to
compliment the above plus use the Tools Uninstall option to remove any unwanted
software programs, browser tool bars etc. Also use the Tools Startup option to
disable any of the programs being started on every boot that don't need to be,
i.e. things like QuickTime, Adobe Reader.
The slow reason may be one or more problems acting together. The problem
nowadays is that it is very difficult and time consuming to monitor and
take care of your Lenovo PC. Even experienced users find it hard to
perform such tasks on regular basis because you might need to prepare a
huge amount of time and energy to deal with each issue separately.
Usual suspect: Hard drive filling up, needs defragmenting, more ram needed to cope with the programmes you are using. IF this is a laptop, also check it is not overheating
Simplest cures for above: (Assume its Vista if not XP and 7 are similar)
1. Go to My Computer / C Drive / right click and properties first do this: In Tools "check volume for errors" reboot and allow the check to run secondly, as above but this time go to "defragment now". Run the defrag programme until it is complete (don't bother about surface check)
2. After doing this, then steps for above, and this time go to "disk cleanup" delete any cookies or web browsing etc.
3. Back up and remove any data or other stuff you no longer need
4. If still slow, then you might need to look at more Ram
I'd suggest you - FIRST OF ALL - to check if your SYSTEM is meeting the Vista requirements: - 800 MHz processor - 512 Mb of RAM (at least) - DirectX 9 class graphic card - 32 Mb of graphics memory. If all above are met than you can also do (to SPEED UP your computer): - defragment your hard drive - remove all unused shortcuts and files from the desktop - setup your system for NO ANIMATED WINDOWS and choose STABILITY from START > CONTROL PANEL > SYSTEM > ADVANCED SYSTEM SETTINGS.
There are several things you can try. Download Piriform's CCleaner. You can find it here:
Once installed clean the hard drive. This will clean all the caches and temporary file. Also inside CCleaner there is a Startup button that will show you everything that starts when you boot up Windows. Uncheck any third party software that yo do not use or that does not need to be running. Don't uncheck anything that is a system file, only uncheck the programs that you are sure that does not need to be running. After you have done this Defrag the HDD. In most case this will help your system performance greatly. If the system still locks up, there is a very good chance that you have a virus or some form of malware. A great site that will help you step by step with virus and malware removal is:
It is a forum based site that has experts that will step you through the removal process and check your system for anything that may be wrong.
One way to make it run faster is to defrag the HDD. Go to Start->Control Panel->Admin Tools->Computer Management. here select Disk Defragmentor and then select your C: drive. Defrag it and then defrag the others too.
You would find a marked difference in performance.
Second way is to use a Windows Registry Cleaner. What happens is that with you installing and uninstalling programs, a lot of file bebris is left in the Windows registry. And the system has to read the registry very often, thus wasting a lot of time on things that are not there. If you search Google for Free Registry Cleaners, you will find many. Use it and trim the registry and you will find a tremendous difference in speed. My laptop used to take 40 minutes to boot at times till I cleaned the registry. Now it gallops like new.
Open up the Computer icon and right-click on your c: drive. Then click on Properties, then on Disk Cleanup. Once this has completed, you might want to run Defrag as well, in Tools, then Defrag, then Defrag Now. You might also think about Drive Compression too, to make more effective drive room.