My computer is really slow and I don't know why! Nerds, please help.

#1
Hey UG'ers.

Soooo, I have this computer that is a few years old. I'm not sure how old, because it was handed down to me. Over time it has gotten slower and slower, as I use it more and more. It has got to the point that when I type something in Google or Hotmail, it misses letters out and pisses me off. It sometimes has trouble running multiple programs at the same time. I need my pc for college, doing research and watching porn, so I would like to get it sorted.

At first I thought it may have something to do with space. So I bought an external harddrive and put all of my music, photos and films on there. Didn't help. I am not a computer wiz and am not that technical, so I could do with some help.

-I know it is not down to my internet speed or whatever.
-Buying a new pc is not an option, I'm skint.
-I recently did an AVG check and that, so I am pretty sure I am virus free.

Muchos thankos.
#4
- Burn all of your important files to CD or copy them to an external storage unit (flash drive, external HD, etc).
- Run System Recovery and get your Windows OS back to its factory-fresh setting.
- Copy all of your files back to the computer.

Hassle free way to get your Windows running smooth again.

Or....

http://puppylinux.org/main/Overview%20and%20Getting%20Started.htm

It runs at about 130mb and sits entirely in main memory. You can run it off a flash drive, write all of the papers you need to for college, fap yourself to impotency with Firefox, and it will never ever mess up.
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#5
Would've helped, but you called me a nerd.
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#6
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it probabaly needs more ram

or a faster prcessor

this or you need a defrag
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#7
Run ccleaner. Get rid of all the garbage in your registry.

Run msconfig and get rid of all the startup programs that you don't use (warning: don't mess with the services unless you know what you're doing).
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#8
Deleting system32 usually helps, it's the cache for a lot of junk files that must be read through and executed every time you run a new program. Deleting it speeds up your computer about 75%.


But yeah, don't do that, the above is a lie. Try removing some from your startup applications, this ends up loading a ton of unnecessary applications into RAM and is one of the many reasons windows computers start slowing down. Better yet, install linux and never have to worry about viruses from porn again.
#9
Get rid of start-up programs if you haven't already.
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#10
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Would've helped, but you called me a nerd.

The word by itself hold no pejorative meaning inheretly.
#12
Thanks for the help, but I know nothing abut computers. What is ram? And what is a defrag?
NOOOOB!
#13
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I could feel it in his internet tone that he meant harm with it, I just could.
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#14
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Would've helped, but you called me a nerd.


I'm sorry, I didn't mean it!
#15
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Thanks for the help, but I know nothing abut computers. What is ram? And what is a defrag?
NOOOOB!


Um.. what... wow, seriously?

Google that shit up... I can't be bothered to explain.
#16
What operating system are you running?
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#18
your flux capacitor is malfunctioning. best thing to do is consult 'doc' for solutions to the problem.

or you could just system restore that s**t up, you'll lose absolutely everything but you'll be running back to normal speed!
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#20
Thanks for your help. I am now deleting irrelevant files and have just ordered a new flux capacitor. I am on XP btw.
#22
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invest in a good external HD and putt all your music, films ect on that
un install everything you dont need/use
try this http://www.iobit.com/advancedsystemcareper.html the free versions ok, but teh payware did wonders on my laptop

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST.

Unless you are living in the 1960s, FREEING UP HARD DRIVE SPACE WILL NOT MAKE YOUR COMPUTER FASTER.

I want to brutally murderize anyone who says to uninstall shit if your computer is slow.
#27
TS, are you me? Cause I've been having the same problems with my computer. I did that thing majing where you delete all the 'temporary files' and what not, and it didn't help. I copied everything to an external hard drive and restored it to factory settings. Nothing worked.


Y'know what turned out to be the problem? ****ing dust stuck in the CPU's fan.
#28
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Hold on, this page is taking a while to load. I'm going to go free up some hard drive space to speed my computer up. And I may buy a new computer to speed up my internet.
#29
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Oh my god I want to kill all of you.

lol ur a bitch evryone knows that deleting stuff maks ur comp fasster
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#31
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What you do, is type RUN into the start bar, then type cmd into the Run window. Then type delete C:\windows\system32

Can you still get banned for telling people to do this?
#32
Get Linux. Mint is relatively easy to use for people who aren't tech-savvy.
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#33
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Can you still get banned for telling people to do this?

it wont do anything
#34
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Oh my god I want to kill all of you.

You know, you seem to be incredibly judgmental of everyone's advice for someone who hasn't offered any.
#35
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Thanks for the help, but I know nothing abut computers. What is ram? And what is a defrag?
NOOOOB!

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