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linosaurusroot 12-15-2012 02:45 PM

xp laptop support?
Someone I know has XP and says it's slow. Wonders whether more RAM is good advice?

What's a good forum to point this user to?

frankbell 12-15-2012 08:33 PM

More RAM is always good. How much does your friend have?

So too is a disk cleanup, a scan for spyware and adware (I recommend Malwarebytes--their free scanner is excellent), and a defrag--in that order, defrags are best run after the junk in removed.

If he has a bunch of toolbars installed to his browser(s), he should remove them in Add/Remove programs. They are a waste of time, resources, and privacy.

Also, click start-->run and enter "msconfig" in the run dialog; under the msconfig "startup" tab, disable all those add-on "quick start" icons that program installations add to the systray--the milliseconds they save aren't worth resources they eat--and remove anything not essential from the Startup folder on the menu.

Hope this helps.

Don't know any Windows forums to recommend.

Nbiser 12-15-2012 09:11 PM

More RAM would be a good idea. It is one of the best single things to put in your system for more speed. A spyware-adware scan would also be a good idea.

AnanthaP 12-19-2012 10:21 AM

More RAM unfortunately doesn't get to the cause of the problem, which is that it's slow (presumably now slower than earlier). I second all Frankbell's suggestions and would like to add a delete specifically of the temp folder - if not taken care of by the disk cleanup tool used.
Start --> Run --> %temp%. n Delete all files earlier than the last boot time.


linosaurusroot 12-19-2012 11:33 AM

Thanks all I will pass on these tips.

snowpine 12-19-2012 11:39 AM

If the computer came with XP then it's probably at least 5 years old (and therefore slow by today's standards regardless of the operating system), so why not ask Santa for a new computer? :)

linosaurusroot 12-20-2012 01:46 AM

If I hadn't thrown it out I could give her my 1990s 486 thinkpad.

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