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Files that slow Win XP

By JoeCee ·
A friend of mine told me that he saw on TechRepublic about these files that Windows XP has that it is supposed to dump but doesn't. Supposedly, these files are designed to trash themselves but don't, causing the CPU to slow WAY down. I have XP andit is slowing down. I was wondering where and what these files are so I can trash them myself. Thanks.

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by c.barnhorst In reply to Files that slow Win XP

Don't assume the slowdown is due to files but it is a good place to start. Look under Start/Accessories for the Windows maintenance programs. You will find programs for cleaning out the internet cache files (what your friend is referring to) and also disk degragmentation. Regular defragmentation of the hard drive is crucial to speeding up your computer. another approach is a program such as Norton Systemworks which you can set to clean the cache on boot up and on regularly schedule "one button" maintenance.

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by JoeCee In reply to Files that slow Win XP

I know all about temporary internet files and defragmenting my hard drive on a regular basis. I also have Norton System Works 2003 and I have a sesor set to notify me when my drive gets to be 20% fragmented because I want to avoid slow-downs due tofragmentation. I frequently clean out temp files (both windows and internet). My friend was referring to specific files in Windows XP. This problem was specifically discovered in Windows XP. Any other suggestions?

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by c.barnhorst In reply to Files that slow Win XP

Background processes, such as anti-virus programs degrade performance. If there is a file (usually a large one) that the system is trying to perform some operation on then the performance will also degrade. I had such a problem with an external backup drive. Something was using so much bandwidth that my system (P4, 1.8 Ghz) slowed to a crawl. Unfortunately my solution to that would not help you because I reformatted the drive and built a new backup set, something which doesn't apply in yourcase. The point is, that one or more files on the hard drive required so much attention that the system was doing little else. Now my performance is extremely good, even with a lot of background programs running. While the task manager tells you what is running, it does not tell you why. If you have a very large data file, you might try backing it up, deleting it, and then restoring it.

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by JoeCee In reply to Files that slow Win XP

I don't think it is background apps or anything like that. I also don't think it is my virus detection program because I do not schedule virus scans, I do them manually and frequently. Also, I have devices that notify me of activity in my anti-virus software and if other programs are running. I frequently open and check the task manager and even have a sensor from Norton System Works monitoring the CPU usage.

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