You need to provide information about your computer, this includes is it
a laptop or desktop, is it a custom build or brand name such as Dell or HP
and if it is provide the model name or series number, motherboard , PSU
and any add on card details would also help others to help you better.
I am running Xp Home on a P4 with 1Gb RAM,
1GB of Ram by todays standards is minimal anw will not be helping the issue.
the pc has been getting slower and slower over the last few months, XP was
re-installed clean a couple of years ago.
This may simply be the pc showing its age, they do not last forever but their life
can be prolonged by regular maintenance such as defragging the HDD/s and cleaning
out the dust from inside the case etc.
As an example booting up takes an age, eventually the wallpaper displays but the task manager and desktop icons take up to another minute to display.
Programmes that are set to run on start up need to be checked, press Control/Alt/Del on start up to see what is running, anything that is not necessary should be disabled, if you dont know what something is please leave it be and ask here for further advice.
After cleaning everything up the first time with clean up and ccleaner etc the old game ran smoother for a very short while but has gone slow again already. Subsequent clean ups seem to make no difference. Also the other day the game icon disappeared and does not appear in 'All Programs' it has vanished.
Using CCcleaner can do this as I found out the 1st time I used it, I had to re-enter all my passwords etc.
Anyway I have come to thinking this must be hardware related, either a memory or hard disk on its way out and I could do with finding out before it gives up all together.
As you are building a new computer I can`t imagine you intend upgrading this system only improve its performance and protect the data on the HDD, with this in mind I suggest the 1st thing you do is back up anything you wish to keep that is on your HDD in case it fails, burn to disk, copy across to an external USB HDD or thumb drive/s, slave the HDD in another computer or use a HDD enclosure.
Once you have backed the data up you could then format the HDD and install a fresh OS, another option is to simply tidy up what is on the HDD, see below;
Download Autoruns from here http://technet.micro...s/bb963902.aspx
1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
If you see anything that you are unsure of follow steps 5, 6, 7.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.
Once you have completed the Autoruns procedure use TFC by Old Timer http://www.geekstogo...ds&showfile=187
If the computer does not auto reboot on completion of TFC do it manually.
A final question, what is the storage capacity of the HDD and how much available storage space is there, you must have a minimum of 10 to 15% of the total storage capacity of the HDD at all times or you will get issues such as system instability, slowness, crashes and eventually system failure.
I hope you find the above helpful and keep us posted on your progress but a quick FYI
removed and done a registry clean
I am not aware of any Tech or other member recommending registry fixes or cleaners, quite the opposite in fact as they can do more harm than good and they usually end up requiring a payment to put things right.