Hello again 4,
Now I have some time, I have some ideas and steps for you to follow.
Disabling Start-Up Entries.
Download this program --> http://live.sysinternals.com/autoruns.exe
<-- and run it. It's just an exe and does not need to install.
This will open the below window.
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Once it has finished loading, click Options --> Filter Options. Check Verify Code Signatures, Hide Microsoft Entries, Hide Windows Entries
and press OK. Go to the logon tab and disable any program you do not need running at startup. This program Autoruns, is basically a souped up version of msconfig, if you are familiar with this program. Under the other tabs, you can stop Internet Explorer addons loading, delete scheduled tasks and more. Look around, but be careful. It is VERY unlikely you'll break windows, but some things can break other programs that depend on them.
Upload your MSInfo32 file here
The msinfo32 file contains lots of useful information for me. Please upload it here for me to look at:
Click Start --> Run --> Type msinfo32 and press OK --> When it opens, click File, Save --> Save this file as msinfo32.nfo
to a place you will remember --> Once it has finished gathering and saving info, right click this msinfo32.nfo file --> Click send to compressed (zipped) folder -> Upload the .zip file here.
Those instructions are based on Win7/Vista since I have no access to a XP machine at the moment, but if you have an issue, just say
Physically clean the system
This may not have a performance improvement, but will reduce temps and it is good to do occasionally anyway. :) Thanks to my friend Writhziden for these steps!
To remove dust, follow the subsequent general procedure. If you have a desktop bought from Dell, HP, Sony, Lenovo, etc. make sure removing the desktop casing will not void your warranty first. Call the company if you are still under warranty and ask if it is okay to remove the casing and blow dust out. The procedure described is fine for laptops; just make sure no stickers are on panels saying if you remove the panel it will void the warranty.
Easier Laptop steps:
- Shut down and turn off your computer.
- Unplug all power supplies to the computer (AC Power then battery for laptops, AC power for desktops)
- Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to close the circuit and ensure all power drains from components.
- Remove the casing for a desktop, or remove any screwed on panels and disc drives for laptops.
- Blow out the dust inside by using a can of compressed air or a low pressure compressor. You will want to put the computer on a desk or table so you can maintain the can in an upright position if using a can of air. Blow into all crevices on the motherboard, heat sinks, cards, modules, etc. for a desktop. Blow into vents, opened panels, disc drive areas, USB ports, and the keyboard if it is a laptop. You may also want to blow inside the disc drive by replacing the drive to the laptop, starting the computer, opening the drive, and then turning off the computer and removing all power as described above including the 30 second power button step. For a desktop, you may also want to blow inside the disc drive by starting the computer, opening the drive, and then turning off the computer and removing all power as described above including the 30 second power button step.
- Replace casing for the desktop. Replace panels and disc drive (if you have not already done so) for the laptop.
- Plug power supplies in. AC adapter for the desktop. Battery and then AC Adapter for the laptop.
- Start the computer and see if performance is better.
- Get a can of compressed air...
- Shut down and turn off your system...
- Unplug the system from any docking stations...
- Remove the AC Adapter and then remove the battery...
- Hold down the power button for 30 seconds to ensure all power is drained from the components. This closes the circuit and allows any remaining power to dissipate; it also clears the temporary memory of corruption and resets hardware/software connections. No permanent changes are made to the system doing this step...
- Use the can of compressed air to blow into every vent, crevice, keyboard key, USB port, VGA/monitor port, etc...
- Replace the battery and then plug in the AC Adapter...
- Replace the docking station...
- See how the system runs after doing all these steps...
WARNING: Never use a vacuum cleaner or hair dryer to clean dust out of your system!!
A vacuum cleaner will cause static build-up and damage components due to the discharge. A hair dryer can cause components to heat up and possibly break solder joints; it may also cause static buildup on a cooler setting depending on the hair drier.
Same questions as usasma above, what anti-virus do you use? If it's an old version of Norton or Mcafee, try replacing it with something lighter like MSE or AVAST!
When was the system last clean installed? Just wondering since I presume the system is quite old and Windows XP is not as good at keeping itself clean like Windows 7. Not saying you need to, just wondering.
Sorry for stating the obvious here, but make sure to remove any unnecessary programs from the machine and update any old programs (Java, Flash, Adobe Reader etc)
Use Lighter Program Alternatives
This is a good tip. Use less resource intensive alternatives to traditional programs. For example, replace Yahoo! Messenger with Pidgin. A good list is here: Superior Alternatives to Crappy Windows Software
or here: Free Alternative Lightweight Software for Windows (Part 1) | Chris Kankiewicz
Normally I wouldn't recommend this on Windows 7 systems, but XP doesn't have automatic defrag and this program does work well on Windows XP. One thing to note, once the defrag has finished, please go to system restore and create a new restore point. The software does have a nasty habit of deleting old system restore points.
Download this program --> http://www.puransoftware.com/PuranDefragSetup.exe
Install it and then run it. Click the additional operations tab and select:
- Fill Gaps To Avoid Frequent Fragmentation
- Optimise Directories For Faster System Access
- Free some space for Windows temporary files on faster disk area
- Boost overall system speed with PIZOR
Then go back to the main tab, select your drive and then press Boot Time Defrag. Choose Restart-Defrag-Restart + Disk Check and press OK. The system will reboot and defrag.
Some other users may disagree with 3rd party defragmenters, but I have used Puran on many systems and it has done a great job, especially on XP
Hope this helps and covers most things.