I'm trying to help speed up my parents desktop so I'm looking for a little help.
To start with, the main problem is the cpu is very slow at starting computer based programs such as control panel, computer, task manager, and other programs and games.
I believe the problem is ram although I'm no expert on the matter. Currently the cpu is sitting at 3gbs, two 1gb sticks and two 512 sticks, I am hoping that by replacing the two 512s with 2gbs will speed things up considerably.
The cpu is a Dell XPS
Model - 0TP406
Processor- Intel Core Quad 2.40GHZ
Graphics card-Radeon HD 4670
32 bit operating system(I've read that upgrading past 3-4gb of ram on a 32 bit is unnecessary)
If any other information is needed/useful let me know.
Edit: forgot to add that its idle memory usage is 50%, I've read that is normal, but my laptop idles at 25%, so I'm unsure.
Thanks for the speedy responses and tips. I'm checking out ccleaner now.
Cool - if that doesn't work its also possible that your HD is malfunctioning in some way. Its pretty common for hard drives to die (back up your information now). Yes your computer is aging, but it shouldn't have trouble accessing windows components.
deadlockedworld- It did come with the different size sticks, I thought it was rather unusual myself.
Generally ram works as well as the slowest stick -- so if you were to replace it (depending on cost) you should try to either get two more 1 gb sticks exactly like the two you have, or just replace all of them at once. Not sure this is a cost-effective upgrade though, as the speed of the ram is probably trivial in the PC's overall performance.
Its not just that they do not need it -- 32 bit PCs cannot understand/use more than 3.4 gb of ram -- so you have no need for more than 4gb unless you were to buy a new copy of windows. I would recommend just waiting for 64bit in your next PC.