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Rickles

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Hi,

 

XP with all updates and legal.

 

The computer has been very slow starting up.

 

I have deleted all Temp Files and such with Crap Cleaner.

 

In the Startup menu what do I need to keep and what can I safely uncheck?

 

Regards

 


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Hello again Rickles,

 

To help tidy up your HDD please see my canned text below;

 

My first suggestion is to tidy up the data on your HDD so please follow the directions provided below starting with Autoruns http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902

 

1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.

2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".

3: Click on the "Everything" tab - Hide Microsoft and Windows Entries

4: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.  

5: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.

6: Attach to your next reply.

 

Autoruns Tutorial

 

2nd: Download and run TFC from http://www.geekstogo...er-by-oldtimer/ the computer should automatically re-boot on completion but if not do it manually.

 

3rd: Defrag your HDD http://www.auslogics.com/en/software/disk-defrag/  a tidy drive is a faster drive, please note that I am not suggesting that you use any other product or service at the link.

 

Couple of other things to consider are what size HDD do you have and how much free storage space is available, you should always have between 15 and 20% of the overall capacity available, do not have more than 1 AV program running as it causes slowness as the programs fight for control of system resources, this can lead to instability and/or crashes.

What AV do you use, some use a lot more system resources than others Norton and AVG are very demanding.

 

To speed up your boot times find any unnecessary programs linked to start up "how to" below;

 

START -> RUN

type MSCONFIG in the RUN box

then click OK

 

Click on the start-up TAB

 

Look at each line that has a check in the box, these are start-up items, with the exception of Windows programs and your AV software uncheck the ones you do not want to run at start-up.


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Hi and G'day,

 

I have copied your text and will double check each step.

 

After every Internet session I clean all the folders and files I can and defrag at least once per week.

 

Regards


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How are you getting on with the above steps in my reply #2 Rickles.


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Hi,

 

Sorry for the delay but after a disagreement with my service provider I am changing providers on the 15th May.

 

I will be in contact.

 

Regards


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No problem and thanks for the update  :thumbsup:


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Hi,

Oh well the problem is sorted.

The computer died on me and is now in the hands of a technician we call God.

A new computer has been ordered and should be with me next Wednesday.

It is one of the latest models and uses 8.1.

The salesman gave me a few lessons on how to navigate on it.

Regards


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Sorry that it is not better news but thank you for the update  :thumbsup:


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Once you get the new computer, install Classic Shell (free) or Stardock's Start8 ($4.99) so you get the Start button and boot to the Desktop. Then it looks and feels a lot like Windows 7 and you can take your time learning (or not) the new Modern Desktop and Apps.


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