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80 views

Available physical memory, XP

I installed a Windows XP x86 on my PC. But when I open the system information window in the System Summary tab, in the right-hand pane and at bottom the following are written: Total Physical memory ...
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5answers
167 views

Is 1GB RAM so little?

I recently upgraded my old computer from Windows XP to Windows 7, and my computer became unbelievably slow. This is the hardware: Intel Pentium 4, 3.2 GHz 1GB RAM Radeon X800 GTO By unbelievably ...
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1answer
86 views

Too slow PC for web browsing?

There is a very peculiar problem I've seen on my cousin's PC and I am not 100% sure what's causing that. The problem is, that when browsing every bigger page (with multiple pictures and such) takes ...
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5answers
221 views

System is slow, which files to delete?

My system has Windows XP installed with 2 GB RAM, and it has been working OK, but since 3 days ago it hangs a lot. I tried deleting the temp (%temp%) files manually, and also used disk cleanup, and ...
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1answer
90 views

How to stress the Windows XP kernel?

We have intermittant problems with writing DVDs where the writing process fails. We suspect that the problem is happening when the DVD driver switches from DMA mode to PIO mode and then in this mode ...
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1answer
108 views

Can Googleupdate.exe cause delays when shutting down in Windows?

I have a computer running Windows XP which hangs in "windows is shutting down" for around two minutes. After running the Event Viewer, I've discovered that during this time, an error is recorded as a ...
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3answers
914 views

Hard drive dying? One CPU core runs at 50% but System Idle Process at 99%

I think I have a hard drive or video card dying in my HTPC. It's a dual core CPU and one processor is almost always at 100% usage, but processes are all nil, System Idle Process is at 99% It's a ...
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1answer
75 views

Fix slowness of PC

I know there are other topics about that, but they don't quite solve my problem. So the PC is not my personal, so I don't really know how was it treated, what has been installed/uninstalled and the ...
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0answers
97 views

Low bandwidth only on Windows XP

Hi I own really old PC and I've 10Mbps/1Mbps Plan. Internet is distibuted with router over whole house. The old PC uses 802.11b (up to 11Mbit/s download) Wifi card and has Windows XP+SP3 installed. ...
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1answer
242 views

XP freezes every second

I'm experiencing a problem where XP freezes completely for a fraction of a second, every second. The mouse doesn't update, music stops, video stops - and then suddenly resumes. I can't see anything ...
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5answers
1k views

Increase page file or buy RAM?

I've a 10+ year old XP PC which surprisingly still works however one of the 256MB RAM finally died. Now I am left with just 256MB. As expected the PC became slower however when I tried to increase the ...
13
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1answer
965 views

Why are start-up times faster on Windows 7 than on XP? [closed]

Reading a hotter question Why are start-up times faster on Windows 8? There is a great answer there by ClickUpvote, which shows some design differences that makes 8 faster: Difference between win7 ...
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1answer
553 views

Merging multiple log files to one single log file

I decided to monitor a remote computer (XP SP3) by gathering information with a performance monitor application. After five days, I stopped monitoring and had 6 log files created by Perfmon. My ...
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1answer
454 views

Is my large Windows folder slowing down my machine?

I have a problem with my Windows installation running very slow and my Windows folder being too large. I thought that the problems are related. My Windows folder is 17.4 GB I have 1807 folders ...
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1answer
109 views

Soundtest works, but no other sounds and windows starts very slowly

So suddenly all sounds on my computer stopped working expect the sound test works, but when I go to control panel and audio it says there's no audio device. And audio players and audio on website ...
0
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3answers
2k views

Why is Windows 7 much slower than XP on the same machine? Can it be adjusted to be just as fast? [closed]

My computer has 2GB of RAM and a 2.00 GHz Core 2 Duo processor. I dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7. While I understand that Windows 7 has many improvements over XP architecturally, I just don't ...
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1answer
3k views

Chrome becomes very slow when switching tabs

During a heavy browsing session, Chrome can become very slow to switch to a tab that hasn't been opened in a while. I assume that it's switched the contents to disk and needs to reload it, but it can ...
0
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1answer
183 views

Why does Windows XP boots so slowly? [closed]

My system takes too much time to boot and even once it starts, it's not allowing any thing to do - not even responding to clicking the start button. I don't want to reinstall Windows again. Any ...
0
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1answer
271 views

Long boot time (~15 minutes)

I recently formatted the drive and re-installed Windows XP. I now get a bar across the lower part of the screen during start up, like when recovering from hibernation, and it takes 15-17 minutes to ...
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1answer
637 views

Windows XP Professional SP3 system performance improvement with additional ram [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will adding extra RAM in my computer speed it up? I have a system with Windows XP professional 64 bit SP3 installed. It's main hardware is as follows Motherboard: ...
2
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1answer
66 views

System Alerts are slow to draw

My PC is running pretty quickly and pretty responsively. The only one problem it seems to have is with system alerts (Message boxes, not tool-tips). Often, yet not always, they are slow to draw. The ...
1
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3answers
1k views

Are .fon (bitmap font) files needed in Windows XP?

I'm trying to make a minimal XP installation for low-end machines, and I want to remove anything that could slow the system down. I've heard many fonts installed slow down the boot process, so I'd ...
2
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3answers
225 views

Page file becomes enormous

I have reinstalled winXP a few months ago on my 6 year old laptop with 512 mb of ram and 1.6 ghz celeron M processor. Everything seems to run fine, I've fixed the overheating problem about a year ...
5
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1answer
582 views

Is having a wallpaper, desktop icons and auto-hide taskbar a waste of cpu resources? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: if we do not use any wallpaper on desktop will it increase performance of windows? There was a time when PC magazines used to advise not having a wallpaper because it ...
1
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2answers
436 views

Breaking XP into its fastest form

I'm using a program called Quemu to run a virtual machine on another computer of mine. The computer I'm using this on is slow and has a lot of admin locks on it. I've gotten a copy of Windows XP to ...
3
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2answers
25 views

Is the XP VMM a bottleneck on a multi core machine?

I have a dual Xeon hex core machine running an IO intensive application. (WinXP 32) I am seeing a hardware driver (1/2 user mode, 1/2 kernel, streaming data) that is using 6k delta page faults per ...
1
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1answer
529 views

Disk cache: Preventing one process from grinding my machine to a halt?

I'm trying to run a very long and slow (but important) background process on my computer. It took all weekend and is still running. The problem is that this process scans dozens of GBs of disk files ...
1
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1answer
97 views

Slow computer processing

I run a 1.66 Ghz Duo Core with 512 RAM. I had rebuilt my OS about a month ago, started it as Windows XP SP2. then I updated it to Windows XP SP3 and installed all the latest updates about 90 of them. ...
0
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2answers
271 views

Computer temporarily unresponsive at start-up after June Windows Update

I've noticed that since I installed the monthly Windows XP Updates on Tue 14 June 2011, my PC is temporarily unresponsive on start-up, say for a minute or two. Afterwards, the problem goes away ...
1
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1answer
530 views

Lots of disk I/O despite free RAM

I have a windows XP installation on a A7N8x machine with an Athlon XP processor and 1GB of RAM. I'm using this as a development machine with just Firefox/Chrome (usually a 10-15 tabs open) and Eclipse ...
0
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2answers
518 views

Coming out of standby sometimes my XP SP3 machine “stutters” with high CPU

I've got an XP SP3 machine with an odd problem when coming out of standby sometimes. After starting back up the machine will rhythmically stutter at a fixed interval with one of my four cores pegged ...
3
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1answer
175 views

Major HDD slowdown after hot swap of another drive

Earlier I inserted a SATA drive into a simple one drive backplane I have. After a "detect hardware changes" the drive appeared, and worked correctly. Later, I removed it. Since that time, my ...
0
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2answers
5k views

Why does my guest virtual machine keep freezing?

Background: In the past when my guest VM froze, I looked at windows task manager and saw very little ram. This led me to conclude "the host put the VM out of physical memory and into virtual memory ...
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4answers
11k views

Does changing Windows XP theme to classic enhance performance?

A lot of my colleagues and friends who are still using Windows XP use the Windows Classic theme (i.e. the Win98-like theme, unlike the XP theme). Some of them just like it, but some others say that ...
1
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3answers
247 views

Fonts cause of performance issues?

I have the dubious honor of cleaning up my father in law's malware infested laptop. I think I almost have the malware issue solved, and now I am turning my attention to general performance. Do you ...
4
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1answer
5k views

Ways to reduce the disk size of Windows XP

According to Microsoft's documentation an installation of XP SP3 peaks at 1.5GB However, in my case the actual size of C:\WINDOWS is 12 GB, amounting to a ten-fold difference. Neither CCleaner nor ...
0
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2answers
500 views

Why is access to my web site is slow for me but fast for other visitors? My access to other sites is fast

I have a single Windows XP laptop and my site is on on an external shared host. Other visitors to my site all say that it loads fast. But when I try to access it from my laptop, the first page ...
2
votes
1answer
150 views

Work Desktop is extremely slow, can't figure out why [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the first steps for diagnosing a slow machine? So I received this HP Desktop at work, running WindowsXP SP3, specs are good enough for XP, with a good video ...
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4answers
190 views

How to upgrade, if at all

I have a Dell Dimension E510 running Windows XP. Its most important gaming specs are: Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz CPU 1 GB of RAM (with a max of 4 GB) ATI Radeon X300 with 128 MB Typically I enjoy ...
0
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2answers
331 views

Why can't I run VS 2010, SQL Management Studio and Office simultaneously?

I'm using a machine running Windows XP SP3 to develop .NET applications. I use VS2010 with SQL Server 2008 and Office Professional 2007. The machine has 2GB of RAM. After I work for a short period of ...
3
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8answers
12k views

Very long boot up process?

Very strange boot up process that took literally 5~6 minutes. Other than the boot up, the PC works perfectly fine. Things I have tried: CHKDSK (No errors) Reset BIOS (HDD 1st) Defrag Link to ...
2
votes
2answers
465 views

Windows XP: Slow Shutdown

One of our machines on the network is very slow to shutdown at the end of the day. It is Windows XP. The user also notices a whirring/buzzing sound coming from the PC. The hard drive is not ...
0
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1answer
259 views

Switching Windows XP to 120 DPI slows down Acrobat Reader 9

Is it possible that switching Windows XP to 120 DPI would have negative impact on computer performance? Namely, I see Acrobat Reader starting much slower. Could maybe the font cache run out of memory ...
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0answers
272 views

How do I remove 1,000,000 directories? — not [duplicate]

I found that in a directory more than 1,000,000 subdirectories has been created due to a bug. I want to remove all these directories, let's say in the directory WebsiteCache. My first approach ...
7
votes
4answers
9k views

Why is my browser using so much memory?

I've recently had problems with Firefox running very slowly when I have many tabs open; say 20 tabs. My whole system would slow down. I decided to give Google Chrome a try, and it started out fine. ...
0
votes
6answers
4k views

Windows XP SP3 slow to login

I have Windows XP SP3, and after I login, I receive a blank screen for about 6-7 minutes. Nothing much appears in Task Manager during this time, then suddenly a new batch of processes appear, then ...
4
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7answers
675 views

Slow PC - should I upgrade (and what)?

I have a HP Pavilion with Intel Pentium 4 3 GHz Processor and 1 GB RAM. It's running Windows XP Home Edition Version 2002 SP 3. About a year ago I installed an additional hard drive. Shortly after ...
1
vote
1answer
88 views

Using a thumbdrive to improve peformance in XP

I have a laptop with 2GB of RAM, running Windows XP. This machine is provided by my client, and I'm required to use it. I'm having to run some pretty intensive apps on the laptop (2 IDE's and a ...
0
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1answer
1k views

How do I permanently remove all the sites in IE's Restricted Zone that SpyBot S&D added?

On Windows XP I use a utility called "Spybot Search & Destroy" that helps protect my system from Spyware, while also providing great tools to inspect running processes, hidden startup ...
1
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1answer
1k views

Problem with SSD and “Delayed Write Failed” error. How to fix / optimize XP for SSD?

I just installed a Crucial SSD (120GB) on Windows XP (SP3). It's been operating without any problems for about 3 weeks. This morning I started getting "Delayed Write Failure" on various system ...