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really basic XP/PC question:

By re_yess ·
To put it in laymans terms 'how can I keep my PC healthy?'.
I am running a 2.4gHz laptop with 256MB RAM. (Windows XP Home Edition) Sometimes when I start up and when I put applications (even after taking off of startup ising msconfig.exe) it runs slower. This bugs me, I partition my HDD and what-not, and it still dosent seem to be as fast as it was when I first got it. What are some preventative steps to stop this? What kinds of things should I be doing regularly to keep things running well? (equivalent to reguarly changing oil, air filter, washer fluid, transmission fluid, coolants, etc. in a car).

I am OK at computers. I have fixed countless bugs and defects on all computers that I have had in the past. I know to take the little plastic cap off of a print cartridge before installing it. I also know how to sync an external synthesizer signal to a MIDI sequencer and how to control software-based synthesizers by remote or Notepad.

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by ptreadway In reply to really basic XP/PC questi ...

Here is a website that will give you all you need for windows XP.

www.blackvipers.com

Hope this helps.

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by jedurham36 In reply to really basic XP/PC questi ...

Several things you can do:
1) Make sure all of the patches & drivers are to date. This not only includes XP, but _all_ of your software.
2) Anti-virus software must be kept up to date
3) Regularly scan for spyware & remove it
4) Defrag the hard drives at least once a month
5) use scandisk every three months or so
6) get rid of unsed software (via add/remove programs, _never_ simply delete them)
7) Don't put the computer in a "hostile" enviroment ( as dust free as possible, stable temp. & humidity, not in direct sun, etc)

This is just the begining....

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by wlbowers In reply to really basic XP/PC questi ...

Download and run on a regular basis the following.

Spybot:
http://tinyurl.com/ziar

Ad-Aware:
http://tinyurl.com/tek5

CWshredder:
http://tinyurl.com/2bzef
Or
http://tinyurl.com/2k642
Look for the file in English CWShredder.exe

Hijack This:
http://mjc1.com/mirror/hjt/

Hijack This is useful in that it shows what is currently loading on startup. You must know what is good and what is bad. Once you check it and fix it is gone. So be sure.

You can save the listing from Hijack when your computer is well, then when it gets cooties run it again and compare.

Put a good ups on your computer.

APC is the brand I recommend the most. This unit will protect your computer from voltage brownouts, surges, RFI/EFI, spikes, and more.

You can get a backups pro for around $120.00.

Include a model that has protection jacks for your modem as well.

This system will allow you to save and shutdown your system in the event of a power failure.

Good Luck Lee

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