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As an older guy who uses two fingers very slowly to type, I will keep this brief. I have the 'not responding' sign all around my pc now. It seemed to happen literally over night although there was a slowing down on IE. I also have a home page that has now shrunk and doesn't fit my screen.

I have downloaded a variety of so called 'guaranteed' ways of fixing the problem to no avail. Does anyone have any advice please

Regards

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Top right of the home page, if you click the square, does it fill the screen?
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Sorry for the delay in getting back , Keith. The answer is yes when I hit on the square in the top right hand corner it does then fill the screen
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In my experience, "Not Responding" seems to happen mostly when there is too much demand on the system for Windows to do everything asked of it. For this reason, many of us use various utilities to keep track of CPU usage and RAM availability.

My favorite is Sysinternals free Process Explorer:

http://www.microsoft...ssExplorer.mspx

When I configured it, I chose CPU time as one of my columns, and keep my processes sorted by clicking on that column header. That way the processes that are consuming the most CPU time during my session show at the top of the list.

You may discover that you have a process running in the background that is preventing other applications from working properly.

Here are some places I use to check out processes:

http://www.ppedia.com/
http://www.fileresearchcenter.com/
http://www.answersth...es/tasklist.htm
http://www.kephyr.com/filedb/index.php
http://www.what-process.com/lists.aspx
http://exelib.com/
http://www.processlibrary.com/

For controlling processes that are set to start with Windows, I have found nothing more user-friendly than free WinPatrol: http://www.winpatrol.com/

Let us know about your progress.
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Click the square so it reverts to covering part of the screen, move the cursor to the edge of the homepage so it becomes a two way arrow, press and hold the left buuton, move the mouse to take the page to the edge of the screen, release the button

Open another IE page, this may open at reduced size; if so, do the same th make it fit the screen, then close the first IE page, then the second one

Open IE and it should fill the page

Do you have an XP CD
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If you mean an xp home service pack 2 reinstallation cd then yes I do
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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

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

Download and install Tune Up 2007 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

Check the anti virus 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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Wow, sounds serious Keith
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Not as involved as it seems, you can run it in parts, then run the PC for a bit to see if it has improved before running the next part

sfc /scannow replaces the system files, in case missing ones are causing applications to hang

Tune Up is optional, though it usually helps
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do I need to save anything. I am a writer and I have final draft 7 software. I'd hate to lose it. I have all scripts backed up but not the software
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Not for this part

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

Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar, when the bar goes, reboot

If you do not have an XP CD you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

Post back with how it is then

Did you sort IE?
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not yet but will try. Will post how it went. Thanks for help
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If you open Final Draft 7, click help, click about, does it show your customer number like this

7FD-012-345-678-901

If so, you can get downloads and updates for the software

https://www.finaldra...nal-draft-7.php
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Thanks for info on final draft. Much appreciated.

got as far as sfc / scannow then got confused. Do I load xp cd there? I did so and a list of options came up like 'Do I want to load windows xp?

Not sure what you meant by the windows file protection bar going out. Was not one to be seen. Do I run defrag and wait?

Sorry for my stupidity. Can you clarify?
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Run disc defragmenter first

Then type sfc /scannow then press enter, a box with windows file protection should now show, wait for it to ask for the CD
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