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What Slows Windows Down?


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#21 Felinix_Devotion

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:05 PM

I've a P3 800mhz 128mb of ram machine of which is on Xp Pro sp2, and even offline without anything its sluggish, and the cpu is working hard because the ram just isn't enough.

I upgraded it to 256mb to only gain a tiny improvment, I then maxxed it out with slots and what ram I had to 512mb of which is about bearable.

I would say about 1ghz and 512mb Ram to gain a smooth working Xp. Even with tweaks mentioned.

Although my main machine is much more powerful I still have Xp tweaked to give me that edge.

Edited by Felinix_Devotion, 18 September 2006 - 11:05 PM.


#22 ishan

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:08 AM

My Pc always slows down coz of temporary files & cookies stored by default
I suggest to clear cookies & temporary files daily.
& Disable all the startup items from MS-CONFIG

#23 gaz-545

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Posted 23 September 2006 - 09:14 PM

what slows down windows the most, is the user. haha

#24 owikh84

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 06:43 AM

a good analysis. thx!

#25 kth7

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Posted 06 October 2006 - 07:16 AM

But what should top is all should be Windows itself (esp all the visual effects).

#26 comwiz7

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 06:09 AM

Everything slows Windows down. Don't ya love it? Every GD developer thinks their program is just SO important, and they make it start with the computer so it runs in the background and hogs resources. And Norton is the worst one, I hate it.

#27 John_t1

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:52 PM

It is obvious that a Norton product must be the first in the list :lol:.


Definately. I'm glad I dropped it and switched over to Trend Micro for the time being until I find a better one.

#28 QuashPhillips

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 12:21 AM

hopefully vista addresses some of this, havent tried any of the RC's

#29 FalseAgent

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Posted 10 November 2006 - 02:33 AM

yeah, vista does address all these. The visual effects in vista won't slow down the PC anymore.

Felinix_Devotion is SO right. My PC too had 800MHz and 256MB RAM. I closed all my programs...the number of prcesses was at 17 (i was only running explorer.exe) and it still lagged. Forget about customizing windows.

Electryangel, you think your PC is'nt slowed down? Try shutting down norton's stuff. It should be even faster. Trust me. I had norton anti virus 2006 on my PC and i tought it didn't slow down. I shut it down and I was amazed at how my PC flew. (actually, nothing ever can slow it down; it has 3.4GHz!)

Sure, Felinix_Devotion's tweaks practically changes your PC into windows 2000, but do you even have a choice? If you want to customize windows, you need 1GHz and 512RAM and preferably at least 128MB graphics.

Seriously, that is the problem with XP. The requirements are too high. Windows 2000 is the best if you want to save resources.

However, if you want your XP to not become windows 2000-like, you still can disable the security center, reduce the number of programs at startup, and turn off all sounds (trust me, sounds slow down your PC). Turning off all sounds also mean turning off all windows live messenger sounds. IT WOULD HELP ALOT. If you follow Felinix_Devotion's tweaks, your PC can run as fast as windows 98!

Edited by comedy_guy, 10 November 2006 - 02:40 AM.


#30 LiLLTOtech

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 06:34 AM

Just uninstall the programs you don't use and use a good registery cleaner and defragger.

#31 M.Sudoku

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 05:45 PM

All of the Norton softwares are slow as a snail.

#32 Morphyus

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 02:20 AM

You can't convince a Symantec, Norton, nor McAfee user that their usage of these products degrade their speed on their systems. Oh well!!!

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Posted 20 January 2007 - 09:21 AM

I just use AVG Free and I might get Avast! I have hardly any fonts, I use MSN Live, and still my PC is so slow...

#34 Skot

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Posted 21 June 2007 - 11:33 PM

Well, I've had Norton since like 2004. I believe we stopped paying in 2005.
Yet, I still have it, and use it. I know it slows down your PC, but I'm scared to uninstall it, and install another, seeing as it's just about the only firewall I've ever used.

I really want another firewall, but yeah...
I'm really unsure about getting another firewall.
But on the other hand, I really want Norton gone...

Link me to some good, FREE firewalls, and I'll think about it. :lol:

#35 M.Sudoku

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 06:32 PM

Link me to some good, FREE firewalls

I highly recommend ZoneAlarm Free and Comodo Personal Firewall.

#36 Skot

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Posted 22 June 2007 - 10:08 PM

^Link to ZoneAlarm?

#37 _deXter_

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Posted 23 June 2007 - 04:19 AM

ZoneAlarm is old news. Newer, better, faster, lighter, and more secure firewalls have overtaken ZA.

Currently, the best free firewall you can get it Comodo:
http://www.personalf...all.comodo.com/

The best commercial firewall you can get is Jetico:
http://www.jetico.com/jpf2.htm

Comodo passes almost all the firewall leak tests.
Jetico passes ALL the leak tests.

#38 Minga

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Posted 27 June 2007 - 08:50 PM

I guess it falls into general categories:
- Multimedia-related software e.g Sony's Sonicstage
- Gaming e.g Formula 1 2004
- Widgetry e.g the stuff on Aero interface on Vista
Generally for me those hv slowed the comp down, and so they shouldn't be run unnecessarily. Plus it pushes CPU use to 80-90% use.

#39 devnet

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:44 PM

Norton got the great number :woot: :woot:

#40 Tygr

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Posted 05 September 2007 - 03:20 AM

ZoneAlarm is old news. Newer, better, faster, lighter, and more secure firewalls have overtaken ZA.

Currently, the best free firewall you can get it Comodo:
http://www.personalf...all.comodo.com/

The best commercial firewall you can get is Jetico:
http://www.jetico.com/jpf2.htm

Comodo passes almost all the firewall leak tests.
Jetico passes ALL the leak tests.

Comodo is a pretty buggy firewall. It's defense is so good that mine decided on it's own to block my browser. Without asking me, and with Firefox set as an allowed program. :blink: :angry:

ZoneAlarm is better. I have both ZoneAlarm and Comodo, but I usually keep Comodo on "Allow All." I only turn it on when I leave the computer running or when I'm actively being hacked.

Edited by Tygr, 05 September 2007 - 03:21 AM.


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