PC slow down Windows XP

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My computer has been slow for about a few months and I can't figure out why. I have to restart my computer to make it run normally after sometimes and then after a little bit it just slows down again.

Windows Version: Windows XP Professional

Service Pack Installed: Service Pack 3

Installed Memory: 2 GB

Number of Installed Programs: 116 programs

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Answered By 0 points N/A #104204

PC slow down Windows XP


Hello Miles,

I understand that you have almost all the possible troubleshooting steps, like updating drivers, defragment hard drive, virus scans etc., but are still facing the same issue.

May I know, if you are facing frequent power outage or bad weather? If your answer is yes, then the chances are that your system may have errors on Hard Disk Drive. Frequent power outage or bad weather may be the cause for the system's slow performance issue. I would recommend a few steps to check if the issue gets resolved:

  • First and foremost, I would recommend you to run diagnostic tests on System hard Drive. You can run diagnostic test getting into “One Time Boot Menu” by start taping F12 key immediately after pressing the power button >> select the last option for Diagnostic. Check for error code if any. Error Code – 0142 and 0146 are related to Hard drive.
  • Replace Hard drive if Error Code is 0142. Try to Debug Hard Drive and reinstall the OS, if error Code is 0146. You may use Drivers disk, to debug from the command prompt or can perform Disk Part form Windows OS Disk.
  • If no error found then you can perform disk checks. Here are the steps to perform check disk > Click on Start > Select Run > Type CMD in empty box > A black command prompt window gets opened up > type chkdsk. This will perform Check Disk of Hard Drive. Alternatively you may also > click on start > select My Computer > locate C: and right click > select properties > select Tools from popup window > select check now from the error checking option. You will get a small pop up window Check Disk Local Disk C: > check mark all the option > select start. This will check for any errors on Hard drive.
  • You can also try deleting temporary files and prefetch files. To do this > Click on Start > Run > Type temp on the empty space > Temp folder will open up > Select all > Press Shift + Delete > close the folder. Now Click again on Start > Run > Type “%temp% in the empty space > Temp folder will open up > Select all > Press Shift + Delete > close the folder. Now to delete prefetch files > Click on Start > Run > Type prefetch in the empty space > prefetch folder will open up > Select all > Press Shift + Delete > close the folder.
  • Perform disk clean up > click on start > My Computer > Right Click C: > Properties > select Disk Cleanup. When you click on Disk Clean up then this will start calculating space which can get freed up by removing these files from your computer.
  • You may also try disabling startup and services by performing msconfig. Click on Start > Run > Type MSCONFIG in the empty box > press enter > you will see System Configuration Utility window > Click on Services tab on top > put a check In Hide all Microsoft Services > Disable All > Click on Startup from Top > Select the items you do not want to run on window startup > Disable All > Apply > OK. This will reboot your system and will speed up the Windows booting.
  • You may also activate automatic windows update by clicking on Start > Control Panel > Click on Automatic Updates > Select the option Automatic Recommended > OK.
Answered By 0 points N/A #104205

PC slow down Windows XP


Hello Miles,

Actually there are some technical factors that can cause the computer to slow down, this includes virus infection, software supports, hardware compatibility, Operating system corrupted. In troubleshooting, we have to see all possible ideas that can solve the problems before we declare the PC is unusable. Below are some tips on how to fix your computer problems.

* Processor overheating

Processor manufacturers have recently been working to make products more efficiently. That's why new products are embedded with some a cooling system, typically a fan of any type. A system’s Thermal Design Point (TDP) represented as the maximum thermal power required by the device. When the processor temperature goes over specification, the system can slow down or run erratically (lock up) or may simply reboot. The reason why the processor fan failed are dust, fan power supply or the motor bearing, Therefore, check the processor and its fan if it is functioning well.

* Bios settings

BIOS settings were frequently ignored cause for computer to slow down. A user thinks that BIOS are being configured by the manufacturer. However, BIOS settings should match the optimal machine configuration. Then you can improve machine performance by researching your motherboard’s optimal BIOS settings, in which this will not be the same as the factory defaults. Therefore, you can use search engines to check your motherboard optimal BIOS settings.

* Windows services

Windows services are sometimes auto enabled or by default. Some services may or may not be required for your machine to run properly. You should review the services running on your Operating system, used in your computer and disable those that you don’t need.

*File system issues and display options

Windows Operating System usually uses NTFS for better speed performance.

  • Delete temporary Internet files, unnecessary downloaded program files.
  • Remove Windows temporary files such as error reports.
  • Disable optional Windows components you don’t use.
  • Uninstall programs you no longer use.
  • Empty the Recycle Bin.
  • System Restore.

(If it is still slows down)

*Re-format your PC

In troubleshooting a computer slowdown, you should always look for compatible hardware problems first. Then, check the common software problems. If you troubleshoot technically, you should be able to follow all guidelines and be aware of unauthorized programs on your computer; suffering from system slowdown will no longer happen.



Answered By 250 points N/A #104206

PC slow down Windows XP

Tips and tricks (with advice) to solve slow-PC problem
There may be a number of causes that slows down a PC. If the PC was running fast at any time, then it may become slow because of accumulation of programs over time.
Many software runs in the background – especially those downloaded software. The Even legitimate software does this, meaning they start when the computer boots up. As a result computer takes time to start.  Resource of your computer is being “eaten up by “Program buildup", "fragment buildup" and "file buildup". So you need to do regular maintenance of your system. Here is how to do it:
• Rule No 1: be selective when installing programs. Since programs slow down your computer, you should only install trusted software.
• From options under the tools menu, clean up your temporary internet files.
• Search all files with extension .Temp and delete them from your hard disk.
• Run defragment on your computer regularly. Check that your drive not compressed (increases time to access files)
• Go to start menu->All Programs ->Accessories->System Tools-> Disk cleanup and clean up your disk.
• Run windows in safe mode (press F8 at the beginning of booting) and then disable all unnecessary services that start when Windows starts.
• Try to disable these programs from start up (do not allow them to run in taskbar)
• Add more RAM (memory). It will cost you some money but it surely will speed up your computer.
Answered By 0 points N/A #104207

PC slow down Windows XP

  • Scan it using some good Antivirus program.
  • Run Regin out Scan.

Now check to see whether your system is slow or not.


Answered By 40 points N/A #104208

PC slow down Windows XP



There could be several reasons why your PC is slowing down .There are another Techyv solutions that can help you speed up your PC. 

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