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Paradox
post Aug 16 2007, 01:33 PM
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On Windows XP, what are some tools and what are some tips I could take on board that will speed my computer up?

Edit Perhaps, I will be a tad clearer. My computer is being a jack ass. Scenario wise, I will run media player (11) and live messenger (8.5 with plus!) together and it will lag, just changing a song can take five minutes and typing a few messages will take 20 seconds. I've also tried thinking about any changes I have made or anything strenuous I may have installed recently but I can't pin point anything specific.

Any idea on how to reduce the lag would be great. Thanks in advance.

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post Aug 16 2007, 02:51 PM
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genreal cleaning up of your computer should help. deleting unused documents on your computer, cleaning up the desktop and various things like that.
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post Aug 16 2007, 04:43 PM
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ok dokies.
what are your current computer specs?
go run some anti virus and anti spyware programs with up to date databases.
go to windows>run>msconfig
and look at services and startup and see what is running, untick the ones you dont need that are un neccessary to start etc.
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post Aug 16 2007, 05:24 PM
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Somewhere some one posted a topic with a large list of things to do. Just trying to find it. Anyone know the topic I'm talking about? Or maybe it dissapeared when the mass of posts got lost.

Edit: Found it http://forum.mess.be/index.php?showtopic=17390&hl=
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post Aug 18 2007, 05:06 PM
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Buy tuneup utilities 2007, and use it's programs, or use windows disk cleaner and stuff.
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post Aug 18 2007, 08:25 PM
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Get rid of useless services that starts automatically, and disable some background programs from auto starting (using msconfig).
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post Aug 18 2007, 10:08 PM
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Buy some more RAM if you're lacking it. RAM should increase the performance quite a lot if you currently don't have a lot and your computer is having to page all the time.
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post Aug 18 2007, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE(Zero1 @ Aug 18 2007, 11:08 PM) [snapback]169071[/snapback]
Buy some more RAM if you're lacking it. RAM should increase the performance quite a lot if you currently don't have a lot and your computer is having to page all the time.

QFE

I got 1gb of RAM from ebay yesterday for £20 including P&P and it's made so much difference.
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post Aug 19 2007, 10:46 AM
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yes, go for dual channel for extra performance1
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post Aug 21 2007, 01:38 AM
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How much would you recommend to run Win XP nice and smoothly?
We're talking a person who runs lots of bg items?

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post Aug 21 2007, 02:00 AM
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1GB is pretty much the norm, so 2GB would be the minimum for a heavy user nowadays.
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post Aug 21 2007, 10:06 AM
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QUOTE(Gaz™ @ Aug 21 2007, 03:00 AM) [snapback]169115[/snapback]
1GB is pretty much the norm, so 2GB would be the minimum for a heavy user nowadays.

I know it depends on what you use your computer for and how it's set up but I've been able to run Windows XP just fine on only 256mb RAM, but I'd suggest 512. For me, Windows Vista needs at least 1gb to run smoothly, if you want it to have the translucent interface and the sidebar. Otherwise it's a sluggish mess.
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post Aug 21 2007, 03:06 PM
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I currently have 512MB running on performance tweaked winXP. Let me tell you this: it's not enough for heavy multitasking.
Normally I run WLM, Pidgin, Winamp, Firefox, Kaspersky, and maybe an old game like CS1.6, NFS Underground, or a movie (VLC or MPC) at the same time, and runs pretty smooth.
However, running photoshop cs2, word 07, or acrobat 8 will slow the system down greatly.

I recommend at least 1GB for XP and 2GB for Vista if you're planning to do serious multi-tasking.
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