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Q.  My Old Computer Is Running Slowly?

A.  Here Are Some Possible Answers.

  1. Make sure your computer has at least 500MB of free hard disk drive space. If your computer has less than 500MB free, it may cause the computer to operate more slowly. Additional information about regaining hard disk drive space can be found on document IF01021.

  2. Run Microsoft Scandisk and Defrag on the computer. Additional information and help with these commands can be found on my scandisk page and my defrag page.

  3. Close any programs that are running in the background and/or disable background programs from automatically loading each time your computer boots. Information about doing this can be found in document IF01013.

  4. Click Start, Search, and click For Files or Folders. In the search window, search for files named *.tmp and make sure you are searching or looking in the local C: drive.  Once search has completed, delete any files found.

  5. Ensure that no errors or conflicts exist in the device manager.

  6. Make sure Windows XP is up to date by checking Microsoft Windows update page. Additional information about updating Microsoft Windows can be found on document IF01015.

  7. Ensure your computer has the latest drivers for the hardware devices installed in your computer. See document IF01016 for additional information on what drivers should be updated on your computer. 

  8. If your computer has a virus protection program installed, make sure it is up to date and that no viruses are being detected. If your computer does not have a virus protection program, you may wish to consider installing a program to make sure no viruses are causing your problems. Information about updating your anti-virus program can be found on document IF01017 and information about what anti-virus programs are available can be found on document IF01018.

  9. If your computer has worked fine in the past but recently has been experiencing the issue you're encountering, run the System Restore option to restore the computer to an earlier date. Information about how to do this can be found on document IF01019.


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