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March Wind

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Could you tell me how do I speed up the PC. I defrage, I cleand up disk space. I have Windows XP. It tells me I have 20.14GB of free space after disk cleanup

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ Superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx Avast http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. http://www.blackviper.com/

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905 to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial http://www.crucial.com/uk/ will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Desktops/8509270.pdf for a guide to fitting memory.

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March Wind

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Could you tell me please which boxes should I have ticked? I have taken the ticks out of some as it looked as if it was going to delete i.e Office 97 Nero Flash player. What shuld I have ticks in sorry if this is a repeat.

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March Wind

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Just leave all the default boxes ticked

all it does for office is remove temporary files

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March Wind

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I have installed malwarebites, CCleaner and Super Anty Spareware. I would like to know which boxes should be ticked and those that should not be. I took the tick out os some, now I am not sure if I did right. Could you advise please? Thank you for your help.

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March Wind

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Could you also tell me please what should I have ticked in Disk cleanup I ticked compressed old files but it took so long I chanceled as I am not sure if I did right there either. Could you answer me please then I can close this thread, as I am someones eles PC

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Assuming you have just downloaded it uninstall it reboot and rerun the install file that will reset it to the default values.

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wee eddie

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It has struck me that with only 20.5GB left available on your Hard Drive, it may be very close to full.

Is this the case?

If so, I would suggest a hearty pruning of unused Programs and the moving of seldom used Files to an External Drive to free up space.

A 3/4 full Hard Drive is likely to be running short of Virtual Memory, particularly if the the PC is a little short of installed Memory in the first place.

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March Wind

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Thank you for the advise. I am not sure what all (files) are, I think some are pictures, and there is plenty of those. If I am correct, they should be on a disk or USB stick. Can you suggest what else are files please, also when doing a Disk Cleanup for (c) Drive, should I put a tick in Windows Live Photo Gallery Thumbnails, and Web Client/Publisher Temporary Files? I am really pleased on what I am being told on this thread. Thank you.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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doing a Disk Cleanup for (c) Drive

Do you have another drive(d:)? How full is that? you could move data files to that.

move My documents to another drive http://www.techsupportalert.com/howtomovemydocuments.htm

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