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Slow or buggy Windows computers


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gregzeng

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Read many posts here on slow or buggy Windows computers. Having mastered Win 2.11 to Win7, several FIRST important things seem to not be known to most users here.

1: Hard Disk drives (fat32, any of the NTFS versions) can easily develop hardware & software problems. So use "TOOLS" in Windows, mark the disk check box on all suspect drives, then reboot, if necessary.

If you are using your 100+ GB drive to the MS Windows default (one big drive C), this test & error correction can take several hours. Never have the Boot drive more than 25 GB, and put your data & program files on another partition. Microsoft are so dumb, they don't encourage nor easily make this possible.

2: Run several re-boots. Each time, XP, VISTA, 7 ... will auto-repair.

3: Before Windows has a chance to start on boot, press F8 function key to select SAFE MODE. Then use START, ADMINISTRATIVE TOOLS, SERVICES to turn off the added-on non-Ms Windows functions.

After doing this several times, you will eventually find out which of your unofficial add-ons are slowing your computer.

4: Use the freeware: STARTER.EXE and / or PROCESS EXPLORER. If PROCESS EXPLORER, VIEW;SHOW PROCESSES FROM ALL USERS. Select columns so that you can see the CPU-TIME, CPU-CYCLES, PAGE FAULTS.

Both freewares allow PRIORITY SETTING. If you use freeware WINPATROL, you can disable, enable or DELAY-START any program. This will fix slow or buggy Windows very simply, quickly & easily.

5: AssuE that you have scheduled daily tasks at off peak times: freeware SMART DEFRAG, COBIAN BACKUP, VIRUS SCANNING (AVG or AVAST) & MS SYSTEM RESTORE.

Greg Zeng (brain crippled vegetable), Australian Capital Territory.
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