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    speeding up my computer

    Anybody know if there is anything I can do myself to speed up my computer? I've heard radio ads for websites like "twiceasfast.com" where you can do a free check on the speed. But I'm pretty sure everybody that uses the free check is told that for a price the service can make it faster. I'm also not sure I trust those websites. My computer isn't real slow, but faster would be better. I routinely delete cookies and temp internet sites.

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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Intake, headers, cam and a dyno tune shou....Wait? What was the question?



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    try defragmenting every 2-3 days or once a week.


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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Speed holes.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Quote Originally Posted by josh777 View Post
    try defragmenting every 2-3 days or once a week.
    I can't imagine why you'd have to defrag that often.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Start by telling us what you've got, maybe. Like OS and computer specs.

    The single best way to speed up a Windows-based computer is to increase the RAM. If you've got less than 2GB of RAM, upgrading to 2 GB will speed it up tremendously. This is because a significannt amount of time is taken up swapping memory segments between the hard drive and RAM. Increasing RAM can cut swap operations by an order of 60% or more.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Quote Originally Posted by ce1 View Post
    Start by telling us what you've got, maybe. Like OS and computer specs.

    The single best way to speed up a Windows-based computer is to increase the RAM. If you've got less than 2GB of RAM, upgrading to 2 GB will speed it up tremendously. This is because a significannt amount of time is taken up swapping memory segments between the hard drive and RAM. Increasing RAM can cut swap operations by an order of 60% or more.

    I have 1gb ram, windows xp with a dual core processor.
    Actually I took my mother-in-laws computer in to have more ram installed because she said it was slow after I installed a new printer. She only had about 800mb and I had 2gb put in. She said it isn't any faster and called the place that put the memory in. They told her adding ram won't speed it up, she needs a "tune up". I have used this shop several times and they have always been fair and at a good price.

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    Re: speeding up my computer

    More memory. Download CCleaner, run it and delete everything it suggests, don't forget the registry cleaner, I usually have to run it 2 or 3 times to get everything. Go through your Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel and remove anything you don't use. Don't pay someone to do a "tune up", they won't do anything you can't do for free yourself.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Quote Originally Posted by cycfan View Post
    I have 1gb ram, windows xp with a dual core processor.
    Actually I took my mother-in-laws computer in to have more ram installed because she said it was slow after I installed a new printer. She only had about 800mb and I had 2gb put in. She said it isn't any faster and called the place that put the memory in. They told her adding ram won't speed it up, she needs a "tune up". I have used this shop several times and they have always been fair and at a good price.

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    They are FOS and just trying to sell you a service. Add ram, remove unused processes running in the backgroung, make sure you/she doesn't have malware (|MG| Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.40 Download) and/or viruses. If that doesn't help maybe it's time to get a new PC.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Quote Originally Posted by cycfan View Post
    I have 1gb ram, windows xp with a dual core processor.
    Actually I took my mother-in-laws computer in to have more ram installed because she said it was slow after I installed a new printer. She only had about 800mb and I had 2gb put in. She said it isn't any faster and called the place that put the memory in. They told her adding ram won't speed it up, she needs a "tune up". I have used this shop several times and they have always been fair and at a good price.

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    Hmmm...don't know what to say, then. Adding RAM almost always helps, esp. on XP systems, due to the high amount of concurrent services that are constantly being swapped in and out of memory. If adding extra RAM doesn't help, you most likely have an application running that has elevated priority, and is hogging CPU or some other scarce hardware resource (such as RAM, transfer bus, network bandwicth, etc).

    I don't have any idea what a "tune up" is. And I've been building computers, writing software for PCs, and administrating large PC networks for 20 years. Perhaps its a phrase being used to avoid more techno-speak to you.

    But i would strongly disagree with your PC technicians assertion that adding RAM won't speed up a computer. It does in 99% of all situations on Windows-based PCs that run with 1GB or less.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Quote Originally Posted by richey24 View Post
    More memory. Download CCleaner, run it and delete everything it suggests, don't forget the registry cleaner, I usually have to run it 2 or 3 times to get everything. Go through your Add/Remove Programs in the Control Panel and remove anything you don't use. Don't pay someone to do a "tune up", they won't do anything you can't do for free yourself.
    This.

    Piriform makes CCleaner and they also have a product Defraggler. Both are tools I use all the time on family members computers and have great success with.

    Throwing RAM at this problem won't make it go away. Using CCleaner or a similar registry cleaner/general purpose file system cleaner and defragging your drive once a month will keep an old system going a very long time.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    I don't have any idea what a "tune up" is. And I've been building computers, writing software for PCs, and administrating large PC networks for 20 years. Perhaps its a phrase being used to avoid more techno-speak to you.
    New spark plugs and change the Hard Drive fluid.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    • Open My Computer and browse to C:\Temp; delete all files before today's date.
    • Browse to C:\Windows\Temp; delete all files before today's date.
    • Browse to C:\Windows\Prefetch. Delete all files before today's date.
    • Browse to C:\Documents and Settings\[userID]\Local Settings\Temp; delete all files before today's date.
    • Empty the Recycle Bin.
    • Close My Computer, click START > Search > All Files and Folders & Search for *.tmp.
    • Sort files by Date Modified and delete all files before today's date.
    • Empty the Recycle Bin.
    • Click START > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup.
    • Select C:\ click OK, let it load and check each box that has any data listed next to it.
    • Click OK to run the utility.
    • Right-click My Computer>Manage>Disk Defragmenter under Storage.
    • Click Analyze.
    • Close Symantec NetBackup Desktop Agent by right clicking the icon in the system tray and click Exit.
    • Right click on the Desktop, click the Screen Savers tab, set the screensaver to None and click OK.
    • Run Disk Defragmenter.
    On XP at work and our IT sent us this to help. Amazingly, it does help. It won't make everything faster, but it does help.


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    Re: speeding up my computer

    Quote Originally Posted by cycfan View Post
    I have 1gb ram, windows xp with a dual core processor.
    Actually I took my mother-in-laws computer in to have more ram installed because she said it was slow after I installed a new printer. She only had about 800mb and I had 2gb put in. She said it isn't any faster and called the place that put the memory in. They told her adding ram won't speed it up, she needs a "tune up". I have used this shop several times and they have always been fair and at a good price.

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    If they were a honest place they would of told you that before you purchased the memory. Memory will always add speed to the computer unless you have programs on the system that are using to many resources.



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    Re: speeding up my computer

    I have also used Malywarebyte.org (sp?) and had good results. Used only the free download version and found over 300 infected files on our home computer. It really brought back the speed! If I remember, while the download process is going, nothing shows up on your bottom tool bar, but it is in process!



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