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slowness after upgrade from 98se to XP

By altheamartin ·
experiencing extreme slowness and hanging after I upgraded my pc from windows 98 2nd edition to XP pro. I downloaded all security updates from MS Windows site, also ran defrag, disk clean-up. Any suggestions??

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by donmars In reply to slowness after upgrade fr ...

Perform a clean install of the new operating system, rather than an upgrade install. performing a clean install, instead of an upgrade install, will insure that various Windows version-specific drivers, browser plug-ins, COM modules, config files, and registry entries - of which the Windows XP upgrade installer has no knowledge - are appropriately modified. Since you have an upgrade only package then that is out.
1. How much disk space is free?
2. How much physical memory do you have (no less than 128 but have 256.
3. Did you consult the HCL to make sure that all your hardware is tested and fully compatible with XP?
4.Check for latest drivers for each of your hardware that is XP specific.
5.To eliminate all performance-sapping video effects, go to Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > System > Advanced > Performance Settings and click Best Performance.
6.Disable all uneeded services:goto: Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services -- disable the following,
Alerter
Clipbook
Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
Server
SSDP Discovery Service (this is for the utterly pointless "Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)
convert to NTFS. will make things faster.
There are many other possibilities to check, do these first.

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by donmars In reply to

I do not agree with answer no. 3 (Chris), Win 98 is not the best most stable OS from Microsoft. Far from it. If you must downgrade go to Win 2000. What chas recomends is good, perform a clean install using the Win 98 original disk when XP asks for a MS ID.

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by TheChas In reply to slowness after upgrade fr ...

1, what are your system resources?

If you have less than 256MB of RAM, add as much RAM as you can.

2, There are a couple of Microsoft updates that have been known to cause slowdowns on some systems.
I don't remember which ones.

3, Check for updated drivers for the video card from the card manufacture.
If they do not offer a XP driver for your card, you may see a significant improvement with a new video card.

4, Check out www.aumha.org
and www.onecomputerguy.com for some very good tips and hints.

I generally advise against an upgrade install as you often carry over all the bloat that has built up in the registry. Along with some undesirable out of date system files.
Even with the XP upgrade version, you can perform a clean install. All you need is to have your W98 CD handy so the installer can verify that you qualify for the upgrade.

Chas

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by csmith In reply to slowness after upgrade fr ...

This is normal.
A clean install will help some, but older PCs don't like to be upgraded to XP. They do not have enough power to handle it.
Consider going back to Win98SE.
Win98SE is probably the best and most compatible OS ever released by Microsoft for a single user PC.
Regards, Chris

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by cd728 In reply to slowness after upgrade fr ...

A clean install will definitely show a big difference but since the OS is already installed, I would suggest for you to do the following:

1. Run "msconfig" then remove from startup unecessary programs, excluding anti virus software.
2. Press window key + pause break, then click on advanced. Under Performance click on settings.
Under Visual Effects click on "Adjust for best performance"
3. If you'll not use messenger stop the service then rename its folder.
4. Increase your page file as needed.
5. Click on ADD/REMOVE programs then click on Add/Remove Window Components. From there investigate by clicking the deatils of every installed windows componets. You can live without some of the list.
6. Delete the contents of c:\windows\temp directory
7. Search and shift+delete files with *.tmp
8. Scedule a scandisk then defrag.

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by Mr-Rich In reply to slowness after upgrade fr ...

Hopefully you have at least a 500mhz system, I agree with previous answers, yet there is always a way to increase performance. I would go to the advance tab in system properties and under performance button set for best performance. Then I would run "services.msc" and set all to manual then restart. The restart will be slow, when done run "services.msc", look for services running and set them to automatic. There will be some unnessary services you may want to disable. My advice is to go to "www.blkviper.com", good site for disabling services. I have had the same experience with AMD K6-2 500mhz system, after that it performed better than Win98SE.

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by wlbowers In reply to slowness after upgrade fr ...

Add a comment and tell us what the hardware configuration is of your machine.

Did you run the xp compatability checker on your machine.

Lee

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by wlbowers In reply to slowness after upgrade fr ...

Add a comment and tell us what the hardware configuration is of your machine.

Did you run the xp compatability checker on your machine.

Lee

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