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My windows '98 machine is running very slowly lately. I've done all sorts of scans, from AVG to Ad-aware to online virus scanners, but everything seems to be clean.

I have a utility that lets me monitor CPU usage, and was very suprised at the results it showed...

My basic pc specs:

Intel p3 733 MhZ
128mb RAM
ATI radeon 9200 Vid card

Aand thats all I can remember off the top of my head.

Now, Idling, this computer will use up 82% (!) of its CPU. Idling. With nothing running. I find this very strange, a as my mother's old machine she usues to record and edit audio clips idles at about 5%.

Now this machine hasn't has a fresh install of windows in several years, so I'm wondering if that might be a problem... Anyway I'm looking forward to fixing this problem with your help :tazz:

-Chris
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Begin with clicking start then programmes, accessories, system tools to run the maintenance wizard
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Clear out ur temporary files and run scan disk. After that run the defragmenter.
Also check out this link.
http://www.microsoft...ws/maintaining/
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I ran the maintenance resources thing, and it went through deleting temp files, scandisk, and then went on to defrag the drives but gave me some error and told me it could'nt defragment the drives.

Its getting quite annoying now, I can hardly perform the most mundane tasks on this machine as it is running very slowly.

-Chris
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Boot the PC and keep tapping F8 until it gives you options, choose safe mode and then press enter

Click start, programmes, accessories, system tools, disc defragmenter, click settings, remove tick from check drive for errors, click apply then run it
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Well I managed to get it running even with check for errors, thanks :tazz:

Anyway its still running very slowly... idling at about 75% now.

Thanks for your help,

-Chris
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Click start then programmes, accessories, system tools, system information, click tools to run system file check, replace any it asks for from the 98 CD
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Okay.

I ran the file checker, I replaced one file... and the system is still running at around 70-75% CPU usage.

So it doesn't seem to have helped.

-Chris
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Download, install and run Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up disc clean up

Run Tune Up registry clean up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, the screen will lose colour during the process which can take a few minutes and then needs a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot.

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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wow, that worked really well!

After following your instructions, the system runs at >20% !

Thanks so much!

I'm sure it increased my download speed as well, seing as that was one of the steps...

Thanks again,

-Chris
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Thank You for letting me know
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