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Old 06-02-2005, 03:30 PM   #1
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How can you make windows xp faster, mine is running slow ever since i put SP2 on it. I have 768 MB RAM, amd athlon 1.67 ghz.
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Old 06-02-2005, 03:41 PM   #2
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first off: antivirus scan and spyware scan. then, defrag. then lemme know how its going.
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Old 06-02-2005, 04:11 PM   #3
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yes get rid of all the malware/spyware and then see if it still runs slow.
Here are a few free tools that can help you clean it up.
spywareblaster: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2859.html
spybot search and destroy: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2471.html
adawareSE: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download506.html
crapcleaner: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download4191.html
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I have the same issue and almost the same specs (2.0 instead of 1.67). Already scanned with those, cleaned everything up, all up to date, still slow.. Thanks in advance
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If you can, you might want to turn DMA on.
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Old 06-02-2005, 05:48 PM   #6
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One of the common problem for XP running slow (no high CPU) is disk defragmentation. If this is your case, defrag the hard drive.

For XP running slow with high CPU, you may have Indexing services running. If you do, turn it off permanently this way:

1. Double click My Computer.
2. Select View | Explorer Bar | Search.
3. Click Change Preferences.
4. Select Without Indexing Service.
5. Click No, do not enable Indexing Service.
6. Click OK.
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I've also defragged the drive, turned off indexing, and visited other tweaking sites but to no avail. Cronodude360, what is "DMA"? Any other tips as well? Thanks in advance!
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DMA stands for Direct Memory Access/Addressing. A method of transferring data from one memory area to another without having to go through the central processing unit.
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I have the same issue and almost the same specs (2.0 instead of 1.67).
How much RAM do you have? Do you have too many services running?
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yeha, try closing some programs... and also uninstalling programs taht you dont use anymore...
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I have 768 MB of RAM. I only have 3 programs running in the background:

McAfee Enterprise
ZoneAlarm
the volume control (if you can consider that a program)

I've also uninstalled all of the unnecessary programs and programs I no longer use. I still have 38% of my HDD free. Still no virii or other malware/spyware/adware on my computer either. Is my HDD going out? The PC is a Dell that was purchased in mid 2001.
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[QUOTE lurkswithin]spybot search and destroy: [="http://www.majorgeeks.com/download2471.html"] [/QUOTE]


please be caerful with that, I completely buggered up my computer with that, had to format the hard drive and re-install windows, nothing worked...please be careful

see if there are any processes that are no use press Ctrl+Alt+delete and at the top bar click processes (im sure you know that, just in case you dont) i think you can end any on another user

stop any unnessacerry processes, but not important ones (they're usually the ones with "system process" next to them, but the most of the others are probably important too
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Look here for blackvipers setup. http://www.msfn.org/board/lofiversio...hp/t38247.html
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sp2 is a little temperamental...

Just make a clean install of xp with sp2...

and then you can add all that you want, including malware...
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There has to be a better way than reinstalling windows. Any other suggestions? (Thanks for all the tips though guys!)
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How can you make windows xp faster, mine is running slow ever since i put SP2 on it. I have 768 MB RAM, amd athlon 1.67 ghz.

Dude it would be real helpful if you posted the specs on your system. Mother board make and model. Things like cpu and what type of and how much ram you have. Also hard drives what make and model. I think there is something we're not getting here. SP2 is a pain for some but if installed properly it's ok.
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Just repaired windows after disk defragmentor ruined it. I've tried all the suggested software, but Ad-Aware SE just crashes. I've also removed 1025 virus infected files. I've turned off indexing service, turned down the system resore thing, uninstalled old useless software and windows components, but it still takes about 5 minutes to just log on (well, at least it boots quicker now)
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I use a program called xpTuner, its very good, it might help.

I hope this link works!

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Old 06-03-2005, 07:32 AM   #18
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Does it come in english?
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I'll try and find the english version... i know there is one since i have it

EDIT: xpTuner
Not sure if its the right one, but its the closet i could get
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Just repaired windows after disk defragmentor ruined it. I've tried all the suggested software, but Ad-Aware SE just crashes. I've also removed 1025 virus infected files. I've turned off indexing service, turned down the system resore thing, uninstalled old useless software and windows components, but it still takes about 5 minutes to just log on (well, at least it boots quicker now)
After all that events I don't believe you can make Windows go any faster. Is Windows Reinstal a viable option for you? Maybe its time to start afresh.
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