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I have windows xp. I have defragmented and it made no difference. I do clean out temp folders etc. I do all the basic things but nothing seems to help.
What else could make it faster and stop it freezing all the time?
I do have a lot of processes running, most of which I have no idea what they are.
Is there any way to wipe the system so I deletes all the programme and basically takes the system back to like it was when it was bought? Don't know how to do this with XP?
Be warned that when you do a restore, all your data will be erased. Therefore do a verified backup of your data before you start the restore process.
Go to "Add or Remove Programs" in Control Panel and uninstall any programs you don't use. (Even though you don't use them, they may be putting crap on your system that use up resources.)
I have done some tweaking on Services before, but this article was written last week...
Now I am back up to speed... while I will caution anybody that does tweaking on the services to write down what they change and the original settings... I didn't do all of the recomendations but a significant amount of them.
I was amazed how it brought me back up to speed and I'm really happy.
Start with a few, restart computer, see what happens. If any are browser related or have the words: shop, toolbar, or other spammy words uncheck those also. You can always go back and re-check them if need.
There are a lot of files in mine that aren't mentioned on that url. Seems my computer has been filled up with a lot of crap over time!
Thanks for your suggestion. I have only disabled a couple of things so far because I'm worried I'll disable something that is very important.
Any chance you know what any of these things do and whether I need them?
atiptaxx - ccApp.exe
(assuming these are something to do with touch pad on laptop - will they stop touch pad working if disabled?!)
(think these are to do with virus software so assuming I don;t want to disable these?
E_FATIACE.exe (printer driver)
Many thanks for any feedback
Yes there a bunch of "things" in the Systems on your computer... that's just the way it is, your not doing anything different on a basic level than anybody else.. no worries.
You are just going to have to route out the ones that are system hogs as in the url that I mentioned, those are the ones that get added when you installed new devices, or progams.
As mentioned by another person you can go to run--> msconfig and then see your start ups that may be slowing down your computer.. I use this free program
[windowsstartup.com...] it shows and explains things a bit more than msconfig.
For example... when ever you install a new device or maybe a program, use task manager, and or the above program, to see whats running or got place into "startup"... then G--gle it... for example, I installed a sound card... it came with all kinds of stuff.. and on investigation half of the stuff that it loaded I didn't need.. and one app had a known memory leak.
What you do whenever you have an app that you want to know what it is doing... just G--gle it.. you will find a bunch of "helper" websites that are set up specificly to investigate and evaluate every app know to mankind. You'll get the hang of it.
You can also use your task manager to see all the muck running.
I prefer this free task manager program
from the guys that put out a rootkit evaluation program...
which you should also download and just check your computer for a rootkit once in a while.
I hope I haven't violated any forum rules posting those links...
Unfortunately I am quite a bit of a novice so I can't answer about the touchpad.. but g--gle the apps and you will find if it's junk or need to have. Sorry I took so long to check the forum and respond... I didn't anticipate your questions.
p.s. you first started this question with now your computer is running slower and IE crashes.. Personally.. I think you should be running Firefox.. many would agree. Also... I know my desktop computer gets dirty as Pig Pen in Charlie Brown.. and I'm cleaning out that puppy every three months. For my new laptop that I purchase recently, I bought a cooling fan deck that it sits on, and I went to the hardware store and bought a furnace filter, cut it out of the cardboard case and down to size of the bottom of the laptop between the cooling deck fan and the laptop. I don't travel with the laptop much at all so this is practical for me, especially as I know how dusty my destop gets. My laptop is really a "desktop" laptop.. 17 inch screen, full keypad, etc... What I am saying here is that an over heating motherboard (processor chip) will slow down the computer and Crash it.. and dirt and dust will cause the overheating. I've never cracked open a laptop... but I'd imagine it's no different.