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Windows takes a very long time to open, and also takes a long time to open programs

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  • therealal Aug 27, 2008

    lapton is made by maxdata.
    windows version xp home adition. has an intel celeron M
    410 @ 1.46ghz and 504MB of ram

  • IQUIT May 11, 2010

    Before I can give you any specific answers, I need more data.

    1. Make and model system?

    2. What version of Windows?

    3. How Much RAM memory is installed?

    4. What size hard disk drive installed?

    5. How long has the slow issue been occurring?


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Things you can do to speed your performance:

  1. Set your power management settings to ALWAYS ON
  2. Defragment your hard drive (Open my computer, right click C:, Properties, tools, defragment hard drive)
  3. Turn of disk indexing Open my computer, right click C:, Properties, Uncheck indexing box at bottom of page , Click OK. (Apply to all folders. You'll get an error message, click Ignore all)
  4. Right Click MY COMPUTER, Click Properties, click advanced tab, Click Settings button under PERFORMANCE, Click Adjust for best performance radio button, scroll down to botton and recheck "Use a background image ...." and "Use Drop Shadows ..." Click OK, OK
  5. As far as hardware goes, you can get a great improvement upgrading RAM., you can use the tool there to interrogate your system, then it will give you upgrade recommendations. They guarantee their RAM will work in the system and has a lifetime guarantee if it ever fails.

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I would say that you're system specs are too low. Your computer just isn't capable of running this version of windows with your current hardware. It may be time for a hardware upgrade or a computer upgrade

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Having slow performance? Make your PC/laptop run faster (only for WIndows XP)

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 select Delete. Your Startup folder should be empty


2) Remove unnecessary programs from Add & remove programs list

Click Start, point to Settings, and click Control Panel. 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 Applications, 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)
Indexing Service
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Performance Logs and Alerts
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Remote Registry
Upload Manager
Wireless Zero Configuration (don’t disable if using 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 drive in the top portion of the window, and click Defragment button.

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Cannot open to windows says reboot and select correct driver Insignia D300a

What cant open is it a program installed or the windows operating system ?

Rather doing a driver hunt which can take hours
Windows XP/Vista/7/8

it might take some time being a freeware driver solution
Note: it will find all of your outdated drivers

This will automatically search for and find the correct driver you will have to update every driver individually once you update you might be asked whether you want to restart or make a system restore point.

Click no to both of these then continue updating each driver free then restart once all of the drivers have been updated.

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How do I make it so my windows fully open every time?

Not sure that I understand correctly...You want to open a program and want that window maximized (= filling the whole screen?)
Right-Click on your Program shortcut (either on the Desktop or in the Start menu) and go down to "Properties". The menu "Run:" is per default set to "Normal Window". Change to "Maximized" and this program will always open in full screen.
This is working for Windows XP, Vista and 7.

Let me know if you have any questions.


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I cannot shut down or restart my PC using the start menu prompts. The only way to shut her down is a hard shut down (manually turn her off).

There is a program that is failing to shut down in general, which is delaying the computers ability to shut down.
The next time you shut down, make sure you have no programs open. Then, while attempting to shut down, wait until Windows pops up window asking you to close a non-responsive program. When it does, take note of the program that it mentions, then close it and see if Windows shuts down. Note: sometimes this takes a really long time.
Try re-installing the non-responsive program and see if your computer can shut down normally again.

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I have raffel motherboard and have intel celeron processer

START->PROGRAMS->ACCESSORIES->SYSTEM TOOLS->DISK CLEANUP ... now let it run a bit and another window will open...put a check mark in each and every box ... click on OK will ask are you sure... YES ... sit back and let it run ... if you have never done this it will take pretty long...let it run... then it will close by itself. Then S->P->A->S T -and this time DISK DEFRAGMENTER towards the bottom left you will see on that and sit back and too will take some time...when that is finished reboot.
Now another thing comes to mind, open add and remove programs in the control panel.
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This should really help, do this weekly and it will only take you two minutes to do it all....
Hope this helps (it will )
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Every time i open a new program, windows installer pops up, but does not install anything. it just stays there.

Hi there, most of the time when this happens, its because of a apparent corrupt file that has been discovered by the windows security system. when you initiate a program and, the correct file base isn't found immediately after this initiation, the windows platform will try to find it by launching the windows installer program. this installer will search the entire HDD for what it needs to start the desired program you want. if the programs vital missing DLL's aren't found, the installer will simply stall out and remain on the screen. the best way to fix this is to reinstall the specific program that is causing the installer to activate it self. if its popping up on many programs, just reinstall them. i would also run a virus scan as well just to be safe. some viruses are known the stealth themselves by taking over your most used programs.

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It takes my PC a very long time to boot up, what can i do?

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I put 2 steps to resolve this in order of simplicity.

Remove icons from the Startup folder
Some programs open with a shortcut icon in the startup folder (Startup icons). Use the following steps to show any startup icons that might be hidden and remove startup icons from the startup folder:
NOTE: Removing items from the Startup folder does not uninstall the software program.
1. Right-click the Start button, and click Explore . The Windows Explorer window displays with Start Menu already selected.
2. Click the plus sign ( + ) next to Programs .
3. Click Startup . The shortcut icons are listed in the right pane of the window.
4. To show any hidden icons, click Tools , click Folder Options , and click the View tab.
5. Click Show hidden files and folders (Windows XP/ME) or Show all files (Windows 98), and click OK .
6. Click an unwanted startup item in the right pane of the window and drag it to a blank area on the Windows desktop. Release the mouse button to drop the icon onto the desktop.
7. Continue dragging unwanted icons until all unwanted startup icons are on the desktop. Click Yes to any window that display asking to confirm the removal of a read-only file.
8. Close Windows Explorer and restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Delete the startup icons that were moved to the desktop after you are satisfied with the way the software programs are working.
If you find that a particular software program should not have been removed from the Startup folder, double-click the startup menu item to open the Startup window. Then drag the icon from the desktop back into the Startup window.

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To run indows defrag do this. Click the start button, slide to all programs, than slide up to Accessories, than slide to System tools & click on Disk Defragmenter. Another window will open. Click once on your Local_Drive C:\ Than click defrag. Just walk away because it will take some time to finish. Check back from time to time. When it has finished re-start your PC. Everything should run faster..

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