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By aniket_spce ·
I have a P III - 550 MHz with 512 kB cache. I have installed on my PC 256 MB RAM. However, the speed of my PC is really slow on numerous occasions. When I press Alt+Ctrl+Del, I have in the list of programs so many programs which I did not voluntarily start.
In the startup list in the msconfig.exe utility, I find many exe's. But I dont know the significance or importance of many of these files as they have strange names. ALso, among the many files are the many exe's belonging to Norton System works 2000.
Many a time, my computer gets stuck up, ie almost hangs up and the ominous blue screen pops up and the PC is not able to overcome the overload.
I want to know what is causing such overload to the PC, how do I lessen the load. How do I know which programs are required for regular performance of the PC and which programs are uselessly eating away my RAM ? Basically I want my PC to be fast enough and seem like I have 256 MB RAM and not like a 32 MB.

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by dmiles In reply to Very slow

One you will need to note what files in MSCONFIG that you have loading atStart up determine which programs you donot need to load you can still access the programs thru the Start menu once you note programs then uncheck box next to program,it is difficult to suggest what programs not to load without a list of the programs listed with your post
You can run maintenance on your computer that may help in which you need to run Scandisk to check the drive
Disk Defragmenter will help restore fragmented files

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by B_Pope In reply to Very slow

If you want to know what the items in startup are & for the most part whether you need them their.
The author of the site below has spent a great deal of time documenting just that.
Just find & click where it says full list, you can also download a copy.

http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm

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by B_Pope In reply to Very slow

I also have Norton system works 2000, & you know I found disabling all but the virus scan has made a big difference.
But you also should disable check for updates for the virus scan it slows your internet down. Only do it if your willing to run thelive update yourself at least every 2 to 3 days.

Speed disk & disk doctor and all the other utilities within you can run whenever you want manually.

Disable all these items through Norton's option button rather than sys config, that way you'llno how it all works, sames true for all your programs.

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by aniket_spce In reply to Very slow

This is the answer that helped me the most. Although I havent yet noticed a significant improvement in the speed of working of my PC, even then, I would rate this answer that helped me the most. I have downloaded a small utility from the site that spyderdog has mentioned. I find that the site and the utility both are quite good and helpful.
This site, this concept of tech help is also very good and very helpful. Keep up the good work.

- aniket_spce@yahoo.com

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by flashtube1 In reply to Very slow

All slowing down of PC's are mainly due to large amount of TEMP files and INTERNET TEMP FILES. Open windows explorer and scan down to TEMP file folder. Delete every thing in the folder except for the files with the current date. Go to your TEMPOARY INTERNET file folder and delete all files. Go to the CONTROL PANEL and double click on the ADD AND REMOVE PROGRAMS icon and remove any program not needed. Reboot your machine and DEFRAGMENT your hard drive. You will be amazed at the performance!

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to Very slow

Hi,

I'd say that your PC has another problem rather that simply being overloaded with running programs. Its possible - only you know what you've put on there - but unlikely.

Windows has a nasty habbit of becoming corrupted and this will cause hangs like you've been seeing.

The best thing you can do - if you can afford to, is to back up your important data, format your hard drive and re-install from scratch.

This will ensure that you have a clean, correctly working copy of Windows and will clear up the corruption problem you're having.

You neglected to mention which OS you're running, but at a guess I'd say Win98. I suggest that you download a CPU monitoring utility - you can get a free one from

http://www.tucows.com

and see for yourself that its not in fact a CPU bottleneck thats causing your problems.

Cheers,
Tim.

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