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More slow PCs! (XP)

judierudie

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#1
My PC is slow after ive just turned it on. It can take upto 15 minutes before i can open a window. Any idea wht might be causing this? Ive deleted all temp internet files.
Cheers
Jude
 

Tony D

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#2
Could be something in the Startup Items and Services, could be the hard drive.

Start your machine in Safe Mode - this is done by tappipng the F8 key while starting up and choosing Safe Mode. If it runs nicely, then it's something in the Startup Items and Services.

If it still runs slow, it may be the hard drive.

Get back to us and let us know what you find out.
 

AdvancedSetup

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#4
Hi Jude,

Since you say you're not in the office I'm ***uming this is a Company PC. In that case it would typically be more prudent to have someone in your IT department look at the PC.

If that's not the case then let us know and we'll ***ist you.
 

judierudie

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#5
Hi,
No its not a company PC. Ive tried a few things over the weekend with no joy. I did a disc defrag amongst other things. It still takes 15+ mins before i can open any windows. Once ive opened a window everything is fine. Help gratefully received. Cheers Jude
 

judierudie

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#7
Hi I did the Disc Clean Up , deleted all empty folders, got rid of all unused programs and shortcuts and cleared out all temp files. Now im stuck
 
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Wolfeymole

#8
Did you go into Search and delete all remaining remnants of the files dumped.

You'd be amazed at what can still be left behind.
 

judierudie

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#9
Ill give it a try when i get home. I know in being stupid here but what do i put in the search? Cheers Jude
 

Jamey

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#11
Hi Jude

It'd be more prudent to use a tool such as Ad-Aware or Spybot - Search & Destroy. They both are designed to weed out various malicious pieces of software in two different ways. Combined, they nearly always clear out the problem.

Download, install and then run the update feature in each of the programs. Don't run them at the same time, just one after the other. Remove/quarantine everything that is found unless you're sure it's something genuine. A good way of doing it is: download, install and updates these programs but then reboot into Safe Mode and run them. This gives them a better chance at removing whatever is found.

HTH :)
 

Seth

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#12
Kelly was right on the money.

That is, chances are it's too many needless startup items, or errors on the hard drive.

For hard drive errors, go to Start>Run>type in chkdsk /r and press ok. There is a space between the K and the /. Type Y at the black screen and restart the computer. Once the check is complete, the computer will start normally.

If that doesn't help, we would need to see the state of your software by running a program called HijackThis:

http://www.merijn.org/files/HiJackThis_v2.exe

Once downloaded, double click on the icon and choose "Scan". Copy and paste the whole log back into this thread.
 

judierudie

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#14
Hi Guys, Ive done what youve said and it has speeded up, got it down from 15 mins to 5. Cant download HijackThis yet as not got internet access due to faulty driver. Can i ask about that here or do i start another thread?
Cheers Jude
 
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Wolfeymole

#15
Like I mentioned here with regard to your sound driver Judie it may be that you may be missing certain drivers

What is the model number of your of your Compaq?

Have a look at the list here
 

judierudie

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#16
Hi its a Compag Presario 5190. I had a look at the list and it only bought up a Graphics Driver. Ive gone into Device Management and still cant resolve it.
 

judierudie

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#20
Hi Kelly,

In Safe Mode there are no delays whatsoever. Thats why its doing my head in! Would it be worth while saving all my important files to disk and doing a destructive system recovery?