Joined: 06 November 2004
I am facing a problem too thats y thought of asking here.
Well I have computer with Pentium III processor and XP operating system ....from last few days my computer is extremly slow........It takes long time to open any application than normal time........I didn't install any new software from last few days and i have updated anti virus protection........so whats the problem with my comp........can anyone plz kind enough to help me out.
Joined: 06 November 2004
Problem: Do computers slow
down when they get older?
1. It's possible that your computer may have so many
background programs running that there is not enough main memory to
run your main programs. All icons in your computer's system tray
are background programs using memory.
To see and remove all running background programs:
a. Press the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time.
b. Click any program or task except Explorer or Systray,
c. and then click End Task.
Repeat steps b and c to quit all programs except Explorer and Systray which are necessary components of Microsoft Windows.
You should now have a clean system. If you don't want any background programs starting when you boot, use the Start/Search function to find the program and either configure it not to run, remove it from Programs/Startup, or delete it from your system.
2. Your hard drive could be too full of data to function
efficiently. There should be at least 2MB-3MBs (200,000 -300,000
bytes) of free space to allow for disk file chores. Note that this
mostly applies to the C: drive or whatever drive your Window's cache
If your C: drive is too full, delete unused programs on the C: drive to make space.
3. Your computer could have a fragmented hard drive. This results from programs being loaded and deleted. Run the Window's hard drive defragmenter (Defrag) once a month.
4. If you have 64 MB of memory or less, or you like to play games, you may not have enough system memory to run your software efficiently. You should probably upgrade to 128MB or more of system memory.
5. You could have old or conflicting Windows device
drivers. An example would be you might actually have two entirely
different video drivers on your system and Windows could actually
be alternately using both of them.
To prevent this problem, First boot the computer in Safe Mode by pressing and holding the F8 key during startup, after the DOS memory check has completed.
While in Safe Mode select Start/Settings/Control Panel/System/Devices. Click on all the devices and see if the various drivers have any yellow or red exclamation marks (which indicates a driver conflict) and also determine if there are any duplicate drivers that can be eliminated.
You may have to delete and reload a driver to correct these problems. Duplicate drivers can and should be deleted.
6. As each new Windows program is installed and uninstalled,
it leaves behind parts of itself that can slow down or crash your
computer. These are mostly .dlls and other shared files.
It's also very possible when uninstalling a program that needed Windows system files can be deleted. When your computer asks if you want to uninstall shared files it's usually safest to say no -- even if your uninstall program claims the files are not being used.
Old Windows drivers can be found by booting into Safe Mode, then opening Control Panel/System/Devices and ridding your system of old drivers.
Another option is to use Noton Utlities' WinDoctor program to find and fix problems. Usually Norton Utilities can be downloaded for a free 30 trial at www.symantec.com.
Otherwise, the only real answer to this problem is to reload Windows into a new directory which elimainates all old junk and leftover files. This is something to do last, as you will also have to reload all your Windows settings, drivers, and programs.
Joined: 06 November 2004
The operating system is a critical piece of software that has a
great influence on the overall performance of your PC. There are many
things you can do within the OS that will help speed up a slow computer.
Limit startup programs. The wrong startup programs can slow down your PC at boot time and beyond. Unnecessary startup applications not only bog down the boot process, but they also run (often hidden) in the background and consume valuable system resources. Too many background applications will eventually leave nothing left for active programs.
The easiest place to find and remove startup applications is in Windows' Startup folder. From the Start menu, select Programs (All Programs in Windows XP) and find the Startup folder. Delete anything that doesn't absolutely need to run automatically all the time. Firewall and antivirus applications are two of the very few types of programs should always be running on your PC. Not all vendors are up front enough to place their applications in the Startup folder, however. Use Windows' System Configuration Utility to remove hidden startup applications. From the Run prompt (in the Start menu) type msconfig and click OK. Select the Startup tab to check out what other apps are launching at boot up. Uncheck anything nonessential. Many processes and programs have cryptic or obscure names. When in doubt, search the Web to find out what a particular process is supposed to do.
Clean out fonts. Fonts are wonderful things. The different types let you give voice to a wonderful variety of expression. But unused or useless fonts are a drag on system performance. Windows loads all your fonts at bootup, just to keep them handy in case an application needs them. But the more fonts you have, the more resources Windows consumes in keeping track of them. You probably have dozens of fonts you won't ever need, and didn't know you had. Periodically go into Windows' Fonts folder (C:\Windows\Fonts) and remove any unused Fonts. Select each font (hold down SHIFT or CTRL while clicking to select contiguous or noncontiguous groups, respectively) and choose Delete from the File menu. Double-click a font to view a sample.
End active desktop. Windows' Active Desktop feature, introduced with Internet Explorer in Windows 95, brings live Web content to your desktop. Even if you enjoy this constant stream of information, it can require exorbitant amounts of video and system memory. Deactivate Active Desktop in Windows 9x/Me by right-clicking a blank area of the Desktop, clicking Properties, and selecting the Web tab. Uncheck the View My Active Desktop As A Web Page box. In WinXP, right-click the Desktop, choose Properties, and select the Desktop tab. Click the Customize Desktop button and, under the Web tab, uncheck each listed Web page.
Keep it simple. WinXP's default set of animations and transitions is pleasing to the eye. But it doesn't do your PC any favors, especially if your hardware is a couple years old. All that sliding, fading, and shadowing takes a toll on memory and processing power. But WinXP animations aren't an all-or-nothing proposition. You can customize which effects to use or let Windows handle the decisions. Access your System Properties from the Control Panel (or by right-clicking My Computer and selecting Properties).
and click OK. From the File menu, click Export and save the backup
file (with a .REG extension) in a safe place. To restore the Registry,
simply open the Registry Editor again, choose Import (also under the
File menu), and find your backup file.
Use Windows' Task Scheduler to automate routine maintenance activities.
Reinstall. Over time, despite your very best efforts,
Windows can become so top-heavy and cluttered with orphaned files,
abandoned applications, and unnecessary processes that it's best to
just start over from scratch. Power users, especially those with lots
of programs and a large amount of file system activity, are especially
prone to bogging down the OS. Though reinstalling the OS is an extreme
step, and should be a last resort, you will probably see a significant
improvement in performance with a clean Windows installation. Be
prepared to back up all your data, reinstall all programs, and devote
time to setting up again. See 'What To Do When . . . You Need To Reinstall Your OS' on page 43 in this issue for in-depth step-by-step instructions.
Organize and maintain your files to keep your PC running smoothly. Here are some tips for the specific areas.
Make room. A full hard drive will bog down your system on all fronts. For one, as the drive fills up, Windows has to search more and more data to fulfill each request. More importantly, though, a full disk hinders the OS' ability to move files around temporarily and to manage virtual memory. First, empty the Recycle bin. You can easily lose hundreds of megabytes to files just sitting around waiting to be fully deleted. Then, run Microsoft's Disk Cleanup utility. From the Start menu, you will need to go to Programs, Accessories, and System Tools. Open Disk Cleanup, select the drive, and click OK. The utility will analyze the system and offer suggestions. Check each box and click OK. Next, uninstall unused applications. From Windows' Control Panel, select Add/ Remove Programs. Remove any programs you don't use, especially applications preinstalled by the manufacturer. Finally, archive infrequently used data to removable storage.
Remove temporary files. Disk Cleanup doesn't get rid of everything. Free up even more space by manually searching for and deleting temporary files. Most applications use temporary files to store session-specific information, back up active files, and (in theory) delete them when you close the program. But sometimes, for a variety of reasons, temporary files aren't deleted. So they sit, taking up valuable disk space, and not doing anything remotely useful. Open Windows' Search tool (called Find in Win98) from the Start menu. Find all files beginning with a tilde (~) (search for '~*.*') and all files with a .TMP file extension (search for '*.tmp'). Remove any that aren't immediately associated with an open file or application.
Defragment. A full hard drive isn't your only potential problem. Even with plenty of free space on a drive, the file system can become so fragmented that Windows can't efficiently access and store data. The OS stores information on a hard drive in sectors. When there aren't enough contiguous sectors available, Windows stores parts of files in different places on the disk and then keeps track of them all in a file allocation table. Removing files and applications further scatters sectors on the disk. Thus, over time, fragmentation occurs as more and more files are split up and stored in more and more places. And, because the system has to search more places to find files and work harder to put them together, fragmentation is a major drag on system performance. Run Windows Disk Defragmenter tool to rearrange files in the most optimal way. From the Start menu, open Programs, Accessories, and then System Tools. Open the Disk Defragmenter utility. In WinXP, let the utility analyze each drive to assess its level of fragmentation and determine whether it's worth defragging.
When your system slows down, check Task Manager for closed-down applications that haven't relinquished their hold on system resources.
Here are some software usage tips that you can use to boost your system's performance.
Bad or outdated device drivers can slow your system down. Check and update drivers with Device Manager.
Check for cling-ons. Not all applications shut down
gracefully and relinquish their system resources when you close them.
Sometimes programs or their associated services will hang on after
closing, or Windows will continue to assign resources to an application
even after exiting. Check Task Manager (by pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL) for
programs you aren't actually running. In WinXP, click the Processes tab
for more detailed listings. Netscape, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft
Outlook, and RealPlayer are notorious for remaining 'resident' in
memory and continuing to monopolize scarce resources. Select each
unneeded application or process and click End Task or End Process,
respectively, to force it to quit.
Do more with less. Multitasking is one of the great computing innovations of the last decade. But the ability to work in a number of programs at once is a dual-edged sword. The possibilities of multitasking often lead users to approach or exceed their systems' capabilities. If you're doing several things at once, and the system bogs down, accomplish more by closing extra applications and just doing one thing at a time.
Roll back or upgrade. It's almost a law of software: As hardware speed and capacity improves, software gets bigger, buggier, and more bloated. Chances are the applications and software versions you have on your system today aren't the same as when your machine was running so much faster. Especially if you upgraded Windows, you're asking much more of your hardware. And as you continue to add and upgrade software, the programs will get bigger and require more system resources.
It's a depressing inevitability: over the long term, your computer will get slower and slower, until it's obsolete and needs replacing. In the short term, though, you have two options: downgrade software or upgrade hardware. The former might not be feasible, if you don't own previous versions or need certain new features. But if you aren't getting anything extra out of a new software version, uninstalling the new version and reinstalling the old may free up resources. Otherwise, pony up for a hardware upgrade. Adding system memory (RAM) will provide the most bang for your buck. Also, consider a newer (bigger and faster) hard drive or a new video card (with its own processor and video memory).
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