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Optimize system performance

By ITGeekNJ ·
Hello All,
I am looking to speed up a users laptop here in the office running win XP sp2 2gb of ram,120gb HD, 256K video card. the user is complaing it takes over 3 minutes to open a file and his system slows down, and is sluggish. I have cleaned up the system, did the chkdskk, bad sector search, disk defrag, clenaed it up good, ran spybot and adaware. I am looking for a highend optimizing software i can implement within my company for certain users desktops and laptops, any suggestions.

thanks
MF

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You might need to find out how much space in on the drive.

Windows uses a swap file system method and if there is not enough space then it can slow the system down. If i were you i would save everything on another hdd (external) and give the internal hdd a good format, load on windows and then transfer the files back over.

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optomize

by ITGeekNJ In reply to You might need to find ou ...

Thanks for the adivce, the users laptop has 120gb HD with 100gb free still, the user places all information that he needs to keep on his network share, there really isnt much on his laptop as far as data he needs to keep/pull up.
your suggestion might be the one i need to do.
thanks
MF

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With 83% free space the sluggishness must be in the Network...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to optomize

With THAT amount of free space the system should be flying.

Any delay in opening an NAS file has to be down to the network connection.

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Try to adhere to the 15% rule for the hard drive ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Optimize system performan ...

The 15% is the amount of total free space that should be available on the hard drive.

Not just 15% of the hard drive but 15% free space that is contiguous (all joined together as one block of space).

Windows uses more than just the Pagefile in its runtime environment, many M$ applications make use of Temp directories and files that the user never sees because the files/directories are deleted at system shutdown. However, if the free space is not contiguous, the Temp files may end up fragmented as soon as they are created, thereby causing system slowdown.

This aspect of the PCs operating system is all but transparent and very difficult to diagnose other than to check for contiguous free space. One help is to disable then delete the Pagefile before running the defragmenting program. IThis way you immediately generate a chunk of unallocated hard drive space that can be better utilised by the defragmentation process.

After defragmenting, re-create the Pagefile and reboot. Better to define the Pagefile as a set size of 1.5 times total system RAM, rather than a 'system managed' expandable Pagefile (which tends to lead to Pagefile fragmentation).

If opening a file can take up to 3 minutes, check to see what is grabbing all the clock cycles during that period of time. Something is clearly using the processor in the background.

Another resource-hog can be the number of screensavers a user has installed within System32, as they are all partial loads for easy startup when required - I don't use screensavers at all therefore deleted them all.

A nice purty picture on the Desktop is also a resource-hog so DUMP IT, opting for a plain monochrome colour of whatever the users choice may be - the system is there for working on, not for sitting gazing admiringly at.

You could also slim down the bells and whistles on users' Desktops, favouring to run with the setting for 'Maximum Performance'.

Unless it is a laptop frequently used for presentations you can also get rid of the Hibernation file, thereby freeing up more space for the Pagefile, Temp file, contiguous hard drive area.

If I think of anything else I'll add it later. :)

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Thanks

by ITGeekNJ In reply to Optimize system performan ...

Gents,
thanks for the quick responses and excellent suggestions, i am going to try and remove and rebuild the PF, ill keep you posted.
thanks again.
MF

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