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Laptop rather slow now.

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I know this seems to be a rather dumb question, but I'm going to ask it anyway.

I have a laptop, it's a Sony Vaio. I'm going to keep it till I run it into the ground, but I'm just wondering why it's so slow. I've had basically the same programs on it since I've gotten it, I keep the processes down to a minimum (running xp) I do formats here and there to keep the system fresh, but it seems now that it chugs over the most basic stuff. Like the mouse lags here and there, it struggles just to open folder windows, etc.

Is it just an age thing? Because there is no reason I can think of that would make it this slow, when it could handle this stuff fine 4 years ago.

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Take a look at this article by Artellos. Maintaining your machine. The recommendations can really improve speed and performance.

See if that helps :)
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    Kraków my love :)

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Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")
- security programs in use (antivirus, firewall)
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