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silentarts

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I have 2 PC's running with pentium 4 CPU with 1.79 GHz Processor and 256MB Ram. What would be the best way to speed it up?

I have no visual styles and no themes. There is 36.6GB of Hard Drive Space and 23.3 is free.

I can try to defrag, but it takes forever and i see no results.

I am thinking about removing the services on the system.

We are on a network, so we will neeed the networking part of it, but what can you reccommend?
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happyrock

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add more ram...xp will run with 256 but its s l o w...throw in a 512 stick
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There is the 512 MB and a 256 MB and still
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Are you saying you added 512MB of ram and it's still slow?

If so, you can use msconfig to look through what is starting on your computer when it boots and uninstalling or at least removing from the autostart list, those that are unneeded.

An excellent web site to use is Black Viper. You can use it to look up all the stuff msconfig shows you.

First though, how does it behave if you boot to Safe Mode with Networking? If better then something is starting at boot that is causing the problem. Try the following:

To begin, physically disconnect from the Internet to prevent a malware infection while your Anti-virus and/or Firewall are disabled in the following steps, then do a normal boot:

Click on Start then Run, type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab and disable everything (I mean everything).
Do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable several items at a time till you find the culprit.

If no, click on the Services tab. Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box then click the Disable All button.
Again, do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable services till you find the culprit.

Once you've found the culprit or culprits, uninstall it or find out how to eliminate it from your system. Simply disabling it in msconfig is a temporary fix at best.

Reconnect to the Internet when your AV and firewall are active again.


Again, use the Black Viper site to look up anything your not sure of. If you have questions, please post back here and we'll help as best I can.
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go to START..RUN...type in MSCONFIG...then click on OK or press ENTER..
click on START UP TAB...uncheck everything EXCEPT your AV and firewall...if its a laptop you have to be careful about what you uncheck or your touch pad and wireless and things like that will not function for you..
google each start up item to decide if you need it to load with windows...unchecking them does not remove them ..they are still available to use...

the next thing we are going to do is turn off indexing ....its a resource hog and if you aren't searching for things on your computer 10 times a day it will only slow down your system....

click on start...my computer...right click on C: drive....properties...on the general tab..uncheck ...allow indexing on this drive....if you do not have the box on your system...

then START...RUN...type in SERVICES.MSC...then OK...scroll down until you find INDEXING SERVICE...click on it and in the general tab set it to DISABLED...then exit

To clean your temp folder, recycle bin, index.dat etc..please download this free tool...

CCleaner

Don't install any Toolbars, or other programs, should it ask you...Just
uncheck the option of installing the Yahoo toolbar....if you get
the slim version it does not have the toolbar
thats the one I recommend...

It will put a shortcut on your Desktop.

Click on CCleaner to start it....
Before first use...
Select Options then Advanced.
UNCHECK "Only delete files in Windows Temp folder older than 48 hours"
The rest of the standard settings are fine...

Then click "Run Cleaner"

DO NOT USE ANY OF THE OTHER TOOLS...RUNNING THEM MAY CAUSE OTHER PROBLEMS

next get diskeeper lite here...

after installing it...click on the icon...close the "nag" screen...click on your c drive to select it ...then down towards the bottom ...click on defragment now...first time you use it it may take 15 to 30 minutes to complete...do it about every two weeks and it will complete in about 7 minutes...
reboot and tell me hows its running...
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