I believe the system needs a minimum of 15% hard drive space to operate effectively. Try doing a major clean up first to see if it helps. Here are some tips:
Double click My Computer
Right click the disc drive you wish to check, usually C:
On the General
tab, compare the Free Space
with the capacity of the drive. In order to operate efficiently, Windows requires a certain amount of free space on the hard drive. If this is less than 15% you should consider removing any unused or unnecessary programs and temporary files.
Go to Start
> Control Panel
> Add/Remove Programs
and remove any programs that you no longer use and then reboot your PC.
Download StartUp Inspector from >here<
and run the program.
This program will help you to decide exactly what programs you can disable from running at startup.
The Readme.txt file included has instructions on how to use it.
Download CCleaner Slim from >here<
and save it to your Desktop.
When the file has been saved, go to your Desktop and double-click on ccsetupxxx_slim.exe
Follow the prompts to install the program.
Complete the installation then:
- Make sure that ALL browser windows are closed
- Double-click the CCleaner shortcut on the desktop to start the program.
- Click on the Options block on the left, then choose Cookies.
- Under Cookies to Delete, highlight any cookies you would like to retain permanently
- Click the right arrow > to move them to the Cookies to Keep window.
- Go into Options > Advanced deselect/uncheck 'Only delete files in Windows Temp folders older than 48 hours'
- Click Cleaner on the left then Run Cleaner on the right to run the program.
- Caution: It is not recommended that you use the 'Registry' feature unless you are very familiar with the registry.
- After CCleaner has completed its process, click Exit.
CCleaner will remove everything from the temp/temporary folders but please note that it will not make back ups!
Close all windows; physically disconnect from the internet; disable your screensaver and antivirus/protection programs
> type dfrg.msc
In the top of the window, click on the C: drive
Click the Defragment
Go for a long walk!
Close Disk Defragmenter when finished
: Re-enable your antivirus/protection programs!
A tutorial for disc defragmentation is available >here<
Indexing Service creates indexes of the contents and properties of all files on local and network drives in order to increase file searching speed. It's quite similar to "Find Fast" that ships with Microsoft Office. Indexing Service runs continuously and can slow down your PC's general performance because it has to index files continuously. If you don't need slightly faster file searches, the feature can be safely turned off. Note: Indexing Service is turned on by default for all NTFS partitions.
Turning this service off to increase overall performance: Open My Computer
> right-click on a Drive icon > Select Properties
check Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching
> Click Apply
. Make sure to select Apply changes to subfolders and files
before clicking OK
in the new window.
Some visual effects used by Windows XP can cause your PC to operate slowly. To see if this speeds things up try:
> right-click on My Computer
tab > under Performance
, click on the Settings
tab, select Adjust for Best Performance