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Anonymous
November 6, 2004 9:58:01 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

I'm using XP and have recently experienced alot of problems, namely system
speed and the fact it takes system approx 8 minutes to boot and that programs
become 'unresponsive'.

I have completed all of the checks at
http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/slowcom.htm however, these have not resolved
my problems. There appears to be ample RAM and no errors after running
Windows Memory Diagnostic.

I have recently installed Norton Anti-Virus on to the system and also
Spybot, Spydoctor 2.1 and Ad-Aware.

Is there any way I can discover why the system is running so slowly and
prevent this?

Thanks

More about : slow programs respond

November 6, 2004 10:42:02 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Maybe check out windows task manager to see what processes are hogging
computer resources. If these processes are not SYSTEM, you probably installed
them. If they automatically startup each boot cycle and are not important to
you, you can disable them from startup.

I find autorun if very informative and similar to
msconfig.exe but more explicit. It will show all your run
and startup entries.

You can get it from :

http://www.sysinternals.com/files/autoruns.zip

You'll need to unzip and create a shortcut of autorun.exe
Take that shortcut and drag to start / all programs
and run. Just uncheck what you don't want started. You
can later re-check the box to reinstate.

Run Disk Defragmenter

If you installed sp2 then drivers for usb devices can cause slow bootup.
Download any updates from manufacturer web sites


"iankeith34" wrote:

> I'm using XP and have recently experienced alot of problems, namely system
> speed and the fact it takes system approx 8 minutes to boot and that programs
> become 'unresponsive'.
>
> I have completed all of the checks at
> http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/slowcom.htm however, these have not resolved
> my problems. There appears to be ample RAM and no errors after running
> Windows Memory Diagnostic.
>
> I have recently installed Norton Anti-Virus on to the system and also
> Spybot, Spydoctor 2.1 and Ad-Aware.
>
> Is there any way I can discover why the system is running so slowly and
> prevent this?
>
> Thanks
Anonymous
November 6, 2004 10:46:19 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.perform_maintain (More info?)

Poor system performance can be the result of a single problem or a
combination of factors. Listed
below are issues, which you may wish to examine if you are experiencing
poor performance after
the boot process has completed. Some items may help with slow starting
of Windows XP but the
list has not been prepared for tackling that problem. Work through the
list until you achieve an
acceptable result.
Regular and effective housekeeping is essential. What you do and how
often you do it will depend
on how you use your computer. A suggested routine may include:
1. In Outlook Express empty your Deleted Items folder.
2. In Outlook Express run File, Folder, Compact All whilst OFFLINE.
3. Run Disk Cleanup. Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Disk
Cleanup with
Temporary Internet Files, Offline Web Pages (optional), System Restore
( more Options tab )
and Recycle Bin selected for deletion. If you have more than one drive /
partition you may
need to do this operation for each drive / partition.
4. Remove Cookies. Start, Control Panel, Internet Options, General,
Delete Cookies.
5. Run Disk Defragmenter.

Check whether you could reduce the number of days the History of sites
visited is retained. Start,
Control Panel, Internet Options, General, History.

Spyware causes many problems. If not installed download Adaware and / or
update Reference file
from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/ and use it to remove
parasites. If Spyware
persists as a problem try a Hosts file.
http://www.accs-net.com/hosts/what_is_hosts.html

Slow performance resulting from insufficient memory, causing over
reliance on virtual memory,
may be especially noticed by those upgrading to Windows XP from an
earlier version of Windows.
Windows XP will run with 64 MB of RAM memory. However, a minimum of 256
MB is
recommended and many users will recommend 512 MB. You may check on
pagefile (virtual
memory) usage with Page File Monitor for XP:
http://www.dougknox.com/

Check how much free space you have on the hard drive / partition where
your pagefile is located.
You need a minimum of 15% but 20% or more is better.

Check your setting for the Indexing Service. Start, Administrative
Tools, Services, Indexing
Service. The default setting is Manual. Check that it is not running.
More information here:
http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/service411.htm#Indexing...

You can have too many programmes running in the background. Close
programmes/windows after
use. Check whether all the programmes loading when Windows is started
are really necessary.
http://aumha.org/a/loads.htm

Check whether you can identify slow performance with a particular
programme. Look in Google to
see whether others have encountered the same problem and found a
solution.
http://groups.google.com/

Are there any error messages in Event Viewer? You can access Event
Viewer by selecting Start,
Administrative Tools, and Event Viewer. When researching the meaning of
the error, information
regarding Event ID: and Source Description is important.
HOW TO: View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308427&Product=winxp

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Hope this helps.

Gerry
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FCA

Stourport, Worcs, England
Enquire, plan and execute.
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"iankeith34" <iankeith34@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:D 2F847A1-FE93-4F7F-9D21-45BCF8DC33B2@microsoft.com...
> I'm using XP and have recently experienced alot of problems, namely
> system
> speed and the fact it takes system approx 8 minutes to boot and that
> programs
> become 'unresponsive'.
>
> I have completed all of the checks at
> http://www3.telus.net/dandemar/slowcom.htm however, these have not
> resolved
> my problems. There appears to be ample RAM and no errors after
> running
> Windows Memory Diagnostic.
>
> I have recently installed Norton Anti-Virus on to the system and also
> Spybot, Spydoctor 2.1 and Ad-Aware.
>
> Is there any way I can discover why the system is running so slowly
> and
> prevent this?
>
> Thanks
!