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    Cures for Slow windows machines

    There seems to be an increase in the amount of people asking for assistance in making their pc run faster with xp.

    XP will go at snails pace with 256 meg of ram on board.
    Xp will go at a crawl with 512 meg of ram on board.
    XP will dance for you with 1024 meg of ram on board.


    best solution - backup all personal data and FASA
    Format
    And
    Start
    Again

    If this is almost impossible i suggest spybot search and destroy

    avg free

    clam win portable


    regseeker

    jkdefrag

    spywareblaster

    note-spywareblaster and spybot will work together on the same machine and no conflict

    ccleaner


    page defrag



    hijackthis

    there is a handy online scanner/remover of virii/adware etc
    http://housecall65.trendmicro.com/

    http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html

    http://www.kaspersky.com/scanforvirus

    http://security.symantec.com/sscv6/d...d=ie&venid=sym

    http://virusscan.jotti.org/

    http://www.virustotal.com/


    that should do the trick.

    also if you using a Pentium 4 CPU from about 3Ghz and upwards these cpu's generate a *LOT* of heat.
    i have 2 pcs running these cpus and i have got a 5 extra fans mounted in the case to keep up air flow to the cpus and the hard drives.
    heat is a big killer of machines. and they are not that noisy at all.they will prograssivly get louder as the fans get full of dust. every 6 to 8 weeks take the pc to the shed and clean it out with your air compressor. shove your finger or a pencil in to the fans before you blast then with air. this is to prevent them from spinning to enable dust removal. if you dont stop then spinning, the fan blade can be sheered off , trust me, i have done it myself years ago.learn from my mistake and dot do it yourself.

    another thing to do is to monitor the temp of your pc.there is a handy freeware program to achieve this and it is called speedfan

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SpeedFan

    there is another handy util to use but you need to buy it, it is called hmonitor and it is also very very good

    http://www.hmonitor.net/

    also make sure you have installed all the windows updates as they cure many known bugs
    this can be easily done with portable firefox
    http://portableapps.com/apps/internet/firefox_portable

    once installed go to this web site to get all the windows updates
    http://windowsupdate.62nds.com/
    why do it like this i hear you ask. if you go thru the windows update site they will install the windows genuine advantage kit. i have seen this utility run on machines with a genuine licensed copy and it has rendered it useless.

    somhting you may find handy to test the hardware of the machine with for defects is the ultimate boot disc
    http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/

    this is a handy cd to keep a copy of.you can test ram, and hard drives for defects. faulty ram will cause XP to reboot and can slso cause an error to pop up every time it starts and say it need to reload a backup copy of the registry and other silly things.

    a faulty hard drive can cause the pc to take ages to start as well or it may cause a few applications to run slowly as well.

    also make sure you have loaded the correct drivers for you video card and mainboard as well. in particular if you have a via chip set mobo load the Hyperion drivers for it.
    no matter what video card ou have be sure to load the drivers from the manufacturers web site, do not install the default windows drivers for the video card. the standard windows drivers are totally useless and will not allow you to get the best results from your video card and in many cases if you want to play games, the game will not run.

    if your running a mame cabinet then cooling is essential. i have a lowboy with a P4 2.4 Ghz cpu in my lowboy and at the bottom of the cabinet i made a custom bracket to hold a 6 inch 12 volt fan about 2 inches up from the bottom of the cab to blow air straight up the cabinet over the cpu and hdd and it works a treat to keep it cool.

    by keeping the coin door and the rear of the machine closed it is not very noisy at all. but open the coin door or rear of the cabinet and you will get a blast.

    if you need to backup your data so you may FASA the pc here is some tips. you can burn the data a few ways, here is a few freeware programs to help you out

    http://www.imgburn.com/

    http://cdburnerxp.se/
    (if you have the .net layer installed on your pc, then get version 4. if not, get version 3)

    if you have wwwaaaayyyy too much data to fit on to one dvd, then this will help you as it will split it in to cd or dvd sizes

    http://lars.werner.no/?page_id=2
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    You forgot Prime95 (google it).

    Basically it does very complex maths on your computer and it already knows te answer. It checks what your computer has compared to the correct answer. Shows off bad memory (or if the mem pass' memtest a bad motherboard/cpu).

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    Nice guide...thanks .

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    Thanks for that Dezrae...

    I found another solution. Built a new computer. My first ever.....

    No longer have a slow computer

    Will do this on the old one for my son..

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooter View Post
    You forgot Prime95 (google it).

    Basically it does very complex maths on your computer and it already knows te answer. It checks what your computer has compared to the correct answer. Shows off bad memory (or if the mem pass' memtest a bad motherboard/cpu).

    Man!!! why am i always the one who has to google stuff and post a link. it only takes a few seconds for people to ad a link in their post

    sorry... been a stressful day here

    anyhow, this looks like some info at wiki

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime95

    thanks for the info.hopefully others will benefit from this
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    Windows is definately bloatware... but its not just MS's fault... every utility these days insists on secretly installing itself as a service and/or resident to your taskbar.

    I really like the script in TinyXP that asks you in simple english whether you use certain features of Windows, and then turns off the respective service which results in a MUCH faster build. However this only works for the inbuilt Windows services and not 3rd party services you install later.

    It'd be nice if MS put such features in their core operating system.

    Do any of the utilities mentioned in this thread scan services, identify them in english, and give you the option of disabling them? They seem more for spyware and not 'useless utilware'
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    AVG anti virus will obviously attach it self as a service and add itself to the tool bar.

    Spybot will add itself as a service but *ONLY* if you enable the Tea timer when you install it.
    the rest of the utils i mentioned , no they wont run as a service
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    I think you missed my question...

    I was asking if any of those utils help clean up existing un-needed services, not whether the util itself is a service
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    Quote Originally Posted by dmworking247 View Post
    I think you missed my question...

    I was asking if any of those utils help clean up existing un-needed services, not whether the util itself is a service
    ok. none mentioned clean up existing services. i dont know if there is a utility round that would do that.
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    google blackvipers xp services guide for info on services tweaking. Big thumbs up for tiny do (rev 5) is my pick... Also what about ccleaner and avast antirus instead of avg

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