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Apps opening/closing rediculously slow!


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My system runs on MSXP, SP2

I try to keep my system up to date regarding spyware and viruses, perfoming monthly scans, defragging my hard drive (it usually doesn't need it), cleaning my system registry, removing apps I don't use, etc. Still, I've noticed that any applications I run take rediculously long amounts of time before they are opened or closed. I have plenty of space left on my hard drive and when I check my processes as I run apps my CPU usage is usually pretty low-- anywhere from 5- 12% maybe. I have 4 apps open as I write this and a couple running in the background and my CPU usage is hovering around 5%.

What could the problem be? It's driving me nuts! Any help would be appreciated.
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How much System Memory does your PC have?
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Capacity of drive C: 74.5 GB
Free space: 67.6 GB
Used space: 6.82 GB

Other stats on my system:
  • System: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 2
  • Computer: Intel® Celeron ™ CPU 1400 Mhz, 1.40 GHz, 128 MB of RAM**
  • Drives: floppy disk drive, OPTORITE DVD RW DD 1205 DVD/CD ROM drive
** My computer is used. I wanted him to double the RAM for me when I got it. I've always believed in doubling up on the amount of RAM. However, for some complicated techie reason that I can't recall, he said it wouldn't be worth doing. He doubled my hard drive memory for me instead, so that was a good thing.
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Unless your Motherboard won't support it, you desperately need more RAM. Try a visit to Crucial:
http://www.crucial.com/ There is no obligation to use their service. The scanner requires IE and active X. If not comfortable with that (and I understand) simply plug your system info into the manual tool. They will show what your mobo will handle and provide exact specifications for the RAM modules you need. If in fact you cannot support more RAM, I would suggest a return to '98 or perhaps an entire new system. 128 Ram has XP right at the limit for functionality. I am suprised that you do not have even more problems than you reported. Until you get more RAM, make sure that your page file is set to "System managed size." XP is going to need a lot of hard drive space for virtual memory with that little RAM on board.
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Until you get more RAM, make sure that your page file is set to "System managed size." XP is going to need a lot of hard drive space for virtual memory with that little RAM on board.


Would you explain to me in detail how to set my page file to "system managed size?"

I know the first steps would be:

Start--> Control Panel --> System...

What then? Thanks in advance...
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Until you get more RAM, make sure that your page file is set to "System managed size." XP is going to need a lot of hard drive space for virtual memory with that little RAM on board.


Would you explain to me in detail how to set my page file to "system managed size?"

I know the first steps would be:

Start--> Control Panel --> System...

What then? Thanks in advance...


Start--> Control Panel --> System > Advanced tab > Click Settings under Performance > Click the Advanced Tab > Under Virtual memory, click Change > Pick "System managed size" and click Set. Click OK.

Then you can close the other windows.
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