Windows XP performing too slow

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Microsoft Windows XP
Dear Sir, I am using Dell GX-280 whose processor speed is 3.2GHZ and the Ram is 512MB.My question is that my system working too slow i have apply all the things like Defragmentation, Disk cleanup, Deleted temporary internet file, deleted files in Temp and prefetched Folder but it is still working slow. There is any method to increase my System Speed. Regards Furqan Ahmed

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Hello Furqan,
your system’s slowness may be related to a lot of things, that’s to say:

  • User’s profile
  • Registry
  • Running programs
  • Running services
  • …many other things

To perform the below mentioned tasks what you need is to improve your PC’s Run-Time performance: right click on ‘My Computer’ then click on ‘Properties’ & now on these Tab Pages click on ‘Advanced’, now on this page under Performance click on ‘Settings’ button. now under Visual Effects tab select the radio button “Adjust for best performance” and press ‘Apply’ and then ‘OK’ button. Now your are ready to perform rest of the tips given.


Just to understand what may cause this problem first try and open the task manager (CTRL+ALT+DEL) and the which process if using CPU and/or memory, once you find it check if this is not a system critical or needed program, then try and close this program.
Another try you may do is to start with a “clean” situation, that’s to say you can disable all services/autoruns that may slow your system. To do this click START select RUN, type MSCONFIG and press enter, this will give you the opportunity to check/uncheck unwanted processes or simply restart your PC with the less “loaded” configuration.

Please pay attention to services and programs to disable before doing it because this could bring instability to the system; before stopping/disabling a service or program first search on google the process name (example <i>lsass.exe</i>), this will give you an idea on what you are stopping/disabling.

I hope this helps.

One of the first things that you should do is to thoroughly scan your system for malware. Malware is notorious for slowing down a system. If a malware scan doesn’t get you anywhere, then I would suggest adding additional RAM to the system. Adding memory is usually the single most effective thing that you can do to increase system performance. Just make sure that the pagefile is set to either adjust its size dynamically or to be a minimum of 1.5 times the size of your memory (presently it needs to be at least 1.5 GB).

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  • Ysrd
    Suggest that before you do any thing else if you do not have anti virus and anti walware apps you install a good AV and anti malware app set. There are some good free ones available and there are some good ones that you have to pay for. If you have AV software is it up to date? Have you run a scan lately? the Malware and virii will certainly slow down your computer.
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  • Gimpster123
    I would suggest a full malware scan and removal procedure, such as this one avalible from
  • Technochic
    512MB of RAM? I'd suggest upgrading that to at least 1GB. Even if you find other issues, I'd still upgrade the RAM.
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  • Denny Cherry
    A RAM upgrade is definitely in order. You pretty much can't get a machine with less than 1 Gig of RAM installed these days. 2 is the current standard with high end machines coming with 3 or 4. A virus and malware scan would be a good idea as well.
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  • Schmidtw
    Clear your temporary internet files, and cookies. Here are some programs you might want to look at: CCleaner (cleans up a bunch of junk on your system you'll never see as well as in the registry) Wise Registry Cleaner (similar story as CCleaner) AVG Free Spybot Search and Destroy Then run a full disc defrag. Also, definitely upgrade your RAM.
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  • carlosdl
    If you have antivirus software already installed, that could be also the reason. Some antiviruses uses a lot of resources of the machine, making it run very slow. Pay attention to the RAM increase recommendations.
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  • BWD
    In addition to the above, have you tried any of the suggestions here: Also, do you have any router firewalls, software firewalls antivirus software?
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  • Lusy
    It might be possibility that your computer has virus infection. You should have full scan your computer with good antivirs like AVG, Norton and McAfee etc. And you can also optimiz your computer. For Optimization you can delete temporary files, perfrom disk defragmentation and disk cleanup. if you are still facing problem and want more help. I would suggest you just go through this web link:
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  • Admin89
    if any of this suggestion is still not working the best way for that is to format your hard drive...but first you will need to backup your important file after doing that.
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  • Admin89
    i mean before doing that....hehehe
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