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Old 08-01-2008, 01:59 PM
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Default slow system running windows XP

I run XP and we have five individual accounts set up.
The system has slowed down to a crawl recently and I am trying to speed things up a bit.

we are listed as administrators in XP as well as my oldest daughter.
When I go in and try to change something through msconfig, a message comes up saying I am not an administrator and need to log in as one.

any ideas?
I want to try and remove some of the software that is running in the back ground and figured MSconfig would be a good start.
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:29 PM
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A good antivirus "updated" scan and SpyBot search and destroy should be your first on the list of repairs.
After they both come back with clean scans let us know...
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Old 08-01-2008, 03:44 PM
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Good advice! Install the REAL SpyBot Search and Destroy and let it run Tea Timer in background. You would be amazed at how many changes to the Windows Registry by downloaded software and files it catches and stops.

I read some where about a few BOTS that takeover Admin control, I hope that's not the case here. Your PC is probably just clogged with Spyware and Malware.

The real SpyBot >> http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:02 AM
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Thanks, I am going to try these tonight.
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:52 PM
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Make sure your virus defs are up to date. Even if they are you can still get caught with a virus in between updates. Run spybot and that should clean up alot. You can also download a program calles "stinger" by mcafee found here... http://vil.nai.com/VIL/stinger/ I've used it before to check and have found it useful a few times. There are a couple of nasty virus and bots going around right now. I had to deal with an "infection" 2 weeks ago in the office. Luckily I caught it in time but not before our domain got blacklisted by 3 sites. Took a few hours to clear all that up!
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:57 PM
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Do not use more than one antivirus program. Any application of Norton and McAfee products for instance will fight with one another and bog you down.

Spyware programs are a little more forgiving. The real Spybot would be my first line of defense make sure you immunize afterwards and use the tea timer, Then Run something like AdAware or AVG and delete anything that finds that Spybot does not.

Also you should be running these days with at least 512 MB of RAM.
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Also you should be running these days with at least 512 MB of RAM.
RAM is so cheap and easy to install everyone should have 2 GB. Hell you can buy a kit of two 1 GB DDR RAM sticks (2 GB total) for less than $50 from Newegg.com!

Increasing RAM from 512MB to 2 GB is like changing out a 4 cylinder engine for a turbocharged V12
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:51 AM
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RAM is so cheap and easy to install everyone should have 2 GB. Hell you can buy a kit of two 1 GB DDR RAM sticks (2 GB total) for less than $50 from Newegg.com!

Increasing RAM from 512MB to 2 GB is like changing out a 4 cylinder engine for a turbocharged V12
You think?

Please find me a 512 MB RAMBUS stick for under $50.00?

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Old 08-05-2008, 12:49 PM
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You can run stinger with other antivirus software running. I normally turn it off while I run it. It's nothing that gets installed on the computer. I actually ran it last night on several of our machines to look for the culprit of the bot that someone had on ther machine. I also use Highjack This sometimes if it's a serious hair pulling issue. I've gotten OK at understanding the log but there are several trusted sites that have people who understand the logs inside and out.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:20 PM
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Default Re: slow system running windows XP

all good advice. the RAM is only 256
is there an easy way to see if the new ram chips are compatible?
same number of pins, etc?
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What's the make and model of the computer. Do a search for RAM and you should come up with a bunch of sites that you can type that into and it will tell you the RAM that the computer came with. I'd bump it up to 1GB min. That is the LOWEST I will purchase any computer with now at days. If it's running VISTA I'd go with 2GB min.

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Old 08-05-2008, 04:33 PM
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I can almost guarantee he is not running Vista on 256MB of RAM. Think about it.

Hint: Look at the thread title.
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Old 08-05-2008, 06:22 PM
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Simple way to find out what type of RAM your PC takes. Go to www.crucial.com and run the Crucial System Scanner Tool. When it's done it will show you how much RAM and the type you have, the maximum amount your PC can use, as well as the number of open slots. Finally it will list the matching Crucial RAM for your PC.


You only have 256MB of RAM now so we're either discussing an old PC or Laptop. Most newer models come with 1 MB minimum. Buy the maximum amount for your PC, 1 MB, 2 MB and throw away the 256 MB stick(s) when the new RAM is installed. Have no value.

Before you buy additional RAM from Crucial note the type of RAM and Speed they are recommending and then look at the prices on www.newegg.com.

You probably have:
240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) or
240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)

If you have (PC2 5300) RAM now, buy the same type unless Crucial advises otherwise.

If you decide to continue to use your old RAM, let's say its 667 Mhz (PC2 5300) and just add 2 more sticks don't buy higher speed RAM such as 800 MHz (PC2 6400) because your PC will only run at the speed of the lowest RAM module. You will just be wasting money.

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Bob meant to type "1 GB, 2 GB" of course
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Old 08-06-2008, 01:14 PM
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Thank you, Rob is correct, 1 GB, 2 GB.

No more than 3 GB because Windows XP running in 32 bit mode (which I'm sure 99% of the average home PC's have) can't use or even recognize anything more.
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