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post #1 of 11
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Morning folks,
A work buddy has asked me to take a look at his computer because it's running slow. I usually just reinstall my operating system like most of you, when this happens. That's not an option because he uses it for his kids and they have loads of random data on there. He says it takes ages to boot up and connect to the Internet. So I need some software suggestions for refreshing the operating system and springing some life in to it.

My list if things to do so far:

Check hardware, mainly the amount of RAM.
Check temperatures.
Run Ccleaner
Ad-Aware
Spybot
AVG
Check his start-up configuration to disable unnecessary programs.

What else could I run to get rid of any unnecessry junk?

Thanks for any suggestions. Apologies for any spelling/grammar issues, I'm on my phone.
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post #2 of 11
Maybe its just too slow hardware in it? 512mb ram is way little for xp imo and a P3 aint a rocket
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post #3 of 11
Malwarebytes, CC Cleaner, Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Microsoft Securtiy Essentials.
post #4 of 11
Check hardware, mainly the amount of RAM.
Check temperatures.
Run Ccleaner
Ad-Aware
Spybot
AVG
Check his start-up configuration to disable unnecessary programs.

Use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Superantispyware instead (replace Ad-Aware and Spybot), uninstall unwanted programs, and disable unnecessary services (Security Center, Help and Support Service... etc)
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post #5 of 11
This is a handy little program
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
Installs an icon in control panel, dated but I still use it.
Another vote for superantispyware, and try to delete some of the desktop icons, some people have tons ,but it will slow down start up on older machines. last off maybe a defrag.
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post #6 of 11
i have to do this a lot with my familes ancient pc's.

i always download CCleaner to remove all rubbish.
also in ccleaner if you go to tools and then startup.
disable everything except antivirus and any windows entries.

download revo uninstaller, and uninstall any unused programs.
revo is better than then windows, as it does a registry scan for leftover files.

in xp go to start. then run and type in msconfig.
go to the services tab, and tick the box saying "hide microsoft services"
now look through the list and stop any you dont use

do a defrag.

do a full virus scan (avast or MSE) and a spyware scan (i use malwarebytes, rogue remover, spybot and super anti spyware)

for pc specs, inc. ram, cpu etc.. then use cpu-z
for temps then use core temp or real temp.

but sometimes its easier and quicker to do a backup and do a fresh reinstall
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post #7 of 11
http://www.iobit.com/products.html Advanced System Care and Smart defrag both free
highly rated at cnet.com I use it and I like it simple yet effective.
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post #8 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by snot View Post
http://www.iobit.com/products.html Advanced System Care and Smart defrag both free
highly rated at cnet.com I use it and I like it simple yet effective.
+1 for this.
i use the disk explorer, which gives you a breakdown of the 100 biggest files on your hard drive.
you would be surprised how many old video or game files, are forgotten on your harddrive.
also the clone files scanner is also good
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post #9 of 11
Greetz
Ideally you have or can get a drive of sufficient size to do a partial backup. IIRC windows provides a specialized setting for user preferences and settings as well as "My Documents" for each user. Then you can clean install on a formatted drive and put back what they need to retain.

Incidentally free backup and restore tools as well as virus and malware scanners are available and run from a guaranteed clean environment on bootable CDs like Hirens
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this is what i use and it works great:http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/boost-speed/
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