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ben1986

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Hi, could do with a bit of help!
I'm running XP on a 1.85Ghz AMD, 512Mb RAM; not a terrible computer by all means. I've never really had any problems with it before that I've not been able to sort out with a reasonable degree of competence.
Anyway, these days when I turn on my computer everything seems much slower than it did a few weeks ago, and the processor light is on for a lot longer at startup; if I open iTunes and try to play a song there are pauses and mass jerkiness. This happens at random intervals, I could be not doing anything and the computer seems to be struggling. I've checked for viruses and spyware, and got nothing.
Any ideas??

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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the 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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Afternoon Keith
Cheers for the advice last night, I did everything you said (TuneUp is a bloody good bit of kit isn't it!) but it's not made any difference as far as sound is concerned...any other ideas what else could be causing it? It just happened, and it's not just the sound that's bad at times, when this happens pretty much everything locks up for a few seconds (or at least, slows to such a crawl that it may as well be).
Cheers again
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Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this.

This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

If no change

You can use this guide to repair XP

Possibly, you will need to boot the PC and keep tapping the delete key until the PC enters set up. Change the boot order to CD ROM Drive then hard drive, press F10 then press enter, load the XP CD then type Y then press enter, as it reboots, look for press any key to load from CD, press enter

You will need the XP product key to complete this

If you have audio / video files which are subject to DRM you should check with the provider for known issues with performing an XP repair install


XP Repair Install

Windows XP repair feature won't delete your data, installed programs, personal information, or settings. It just repairs the operating system

After running XP Repair you will need to install all Windows Updates

Microsoft Update
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