Computer is running slow (Windows): What to do?

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Follow these Easy Steps to Help to Correct Issues Related to Computer Speed Performance for Windows XP:

The Defragmenter tool will re-arrange your hard disk data so it is better organised and therefore improving speed performance, do this every 3 months or when needed.

1. Do a right mouse click on My Computer and select MANAGE, Then select DISK DEFRAGMENTER (XP, VIsta, Win 7) and choose to Analyse first a specific Drive or partition by selecting it a clicking on the ANALYSE button below.

To start the process click Defragment, make sure you have enough free space available (minimun10 % free) 

A quicker  way is: Open My Computer and Do right mouse click on C:\ drive and choose TOOLS, the choose DEFRAGMENT NOW

2. Having the Temporary Internet and Windows Files not cleaned and grown too big due to normal Internet browsing usage. If your computer is not correctly configured will store and keep unnecessary temporary data/files slowing it down. Some suggestions for Internet Explorer are: Go to Tools > Internet Options > Browsing History Settings: Set it to 50 MB (no more). There are a miriad of setting on IE but just but doing the previous will help to keep your browser faster.

3.Delete Temporary windows files by Clicking on START then choose RUN and type %TMP% and delete as required all unwanted files by selecting from the list.

4. Choose a reliable Antivirus, as long as you have one is better than having none at all. Again there are so many out there, one that we trust an recommend is SOPHOS.

Using the command Prompt you can achieve the above points:

You will need access to the command prompt: CMD.EXE to run DOS commands: defrag c:\ -f  OR you could just do START>RUN> defrag c:\ -f  OR do this: Right click My Computer icon and select MANAGE on the left pane scroll down to STORAGE then select DISK DEFRAGMENTER and choose the desired partition. Run Task Manager to have a view of the applications and performance of your PC: START>RUN>: taskmgr or from DOS too.

Sometimes the abore points won't help if that is the case then I strongly recomend you two options: to RE-IMAGE your PC or to re-install the operating system from scratch, this will require all your installation disks (make sure you have them always stored and ready at hand).

4. Re-Imaging (means to use special software that can make a copy of your whole hard disk or part of it) can be done with product like ACRONIS Home or GHOST 11 when you have a new machine, if the machine is old and no image has been made previously, then is time to do a full backup as described before and perform a new installation of your prefered Microsoft Windows Operating System and create a full image of your computer system drive (C:\).

Create the image using different products when your computer is running OK so you could use it when problems arise.  

5. Remember to select NTFS as the File System as this performsbetter than FAT32 partitions.

6. Something important to add here is to never have BLANK passwords to access Windows.

7. Sometimes slow performace can be due to the fact that the C:\ drive or system drive is full. If you have another partition or Disk like D or E drives, then what you could do is move the Swap file to another partition and so you free instantly a lot of space and recover from serious issues. Also move your DATA to another drive instead of having it on the system drive. You can even do these operation on a Server and gain instant space on your system drive safely.

8. Lastly, adding or upgrading the system memory RAM will make a big difference on the performance of any computer, so that will also help heaps!!

I hope this quick guide can help you point out in the right direction when having computer performance issues.

Thanks & Regards 

Disclaimer: Please be very careful when using any of the DOS commands and/or MMCs above as it not used properly could damage your computer permanetly. Consult your local Microsoft Certified Professional for help or more information.

Also try this search for: "5 ways to speed up your PC" on the Microsoft Website using Google! 

Have a Merry Christmas 2010 and Happy New Year 2011

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