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amayzzing

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My laptop is about 6 years old already. but i'm hoping that you guys can help me speed it up a little. It's an hp pavilion ze4800 with wndows xp. it generally runs ok, but it's very slow. It wasnt always like this, but it's been a while since i've fired it up because it is just so slow. It usually starts up fine, but it takes about 20 minutes for everything to start and get settled. I thought it was that i had too much stuff on it, i had about 1000 pics. so i got rid of 90% of them. It's better, but still very slow. The other day when i updated stuff, it said that i had about 1000 registry errors. Could this be pat of my problem? I dont have the best antivirus software, but i am only on the internet about once if year, at most. Again, i just never use it because it's so [bleep] slow. Is it just too old? You guys helped me about 2 years ago to get rid of a wicked virus, so work your magic again please!!
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Neil Jones

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Ignore the registry errors. Also don't use any registry cleaner software, they are useless.
What programs have you got on the machine? A laptop that is six years old will probably run like a laptop that's six years old, and modern day programs will simply kill them.
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Try defragging the hard drive. Most of the time, fragmented files are to blame for slow PCs.
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that's kind of what i figured unfortunately. Thanks for the confirmation though! I'll try defragging and see what happens.
I dont really have any programs that are out of the ordinary. The only other thing i can think of is all the music i have may be slowing it down.
Thanks again!
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amayzzing-

Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go! :)

Let's get rid of some old junk and temporary files to save space on your drive and speed up your system.
  • Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop.
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.
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Please include the following information in your next reply:
  • The make and model of your computer.
  • The size of your hard drive, and the amount of free space left on it.
  • The amount of RAM on your computer.
  • Information on your processor, including make and speed.
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Let's take a look at the partitioning on your computer.
  • Go to Start > Run.
  • Type in diskmgmt.msc and click Enter.
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On right side you will see a visual depiction of the partitions on your hard drive. I need you to take a screenshot and attach it to your next reply.
  • To take a screenshot press Print Screen on your keyboard. It is normally the key above your number pad between the F12 key and the Scroll Lock key.
  • Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Paint.
  • Press CTRL+V to paste the contents of the screenshot into the paint workspace.
  • Go to File > Save As.
  • Save the file as a JPEG to your desktop.
Please attach the screenshot to your next reply.

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Let's also take a look at what's running at startup.
  • Please download Autoruns for Windows.
  • Extract the Autoruns zip folder contents to a new folder.
  • Double-click autoruns.exe to launch the program.
  • Go to File > Save As, and name it autoruns.txt
  • Remember to save as type: *.txt!
  • Please attach the file to your next reply (remember- it must be a .txt file).
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In summary: Clean junk files, Basic Info, Screenshot of partitions, Startup list.

Edited by FNP, 01 June 2010 - 08:22 PM.

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