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Don't exactly know what is going on with this PC. Whether it is hardware or if Windows is having a sick joke at my expense... Makes me just want to switch to a MAC more and more each day.


First my BIOS have having issues (but we will leave that for another day because that only makes boot time 10 seconds rather than 5 (something I can deal with (for now)))


Second, like I have said I do not know if it is hardware or software end. But my PC seems laggy all the time and I am not even using that many applications. My main beef with my machine is out of the blue my 40GB hard drive went to the crapper (5 years (going on 6) old, not the best brand either, came with my Dell before I built this beast)


So I had to move 13GB worth files over to my main hd (80GB). Now like I said I get lag when listening to music. I have taskmanager open and I see my CPU usage spike to 100% for no apparent reason. And you can hear distortion in my music and my mouse looks like it is hopping from point A to B.


And I have Spyware/Virus/Hacker protection. So it is not that.

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.... well, windows, the longer you run it the slower it goes, its because of registry {censored} and stuff like that.... but basicially, a fresh install = fastest, but it only goes down hill from there :-p sorry to hear that and idk about the music or ne thing... maybe error in registry or a driver problem (the latter sounds quite unlikely)




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Windows will slow down for many reasons, and is at its fastest when freshly installed.

First thing to do would be reinstall. If for some odd reason thats not a option, you could go through task manager and google any unknown process, if any seem suspicious, end them :blink:


I would get into explaining some big procedure of cleaning up windows but why bother, you should reinstall.

I would recommend not using file transfer wizard, you may transfer files that are the reason for the slow down.

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This is a new error I have been seeing across my domain. Try turning off Automatic Updates form the control panel. I think you'll find that the utilization will drop almost immediately. It is a problem with Microsoft Update scanning for Office updates.. but a new update messes up the registry so its scans for new updates in a loop. The only fix I know is to dis enroll from Microsoft Update or shut of Automatic Updates.



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You should never leave Automatic Updates on :dev:

Windows has updates at the same time every month.


A nice example of poor updates: The past updates on 10/10 had a SIS3114 update for software raid and a pseudo processor SIS. I installed them because I figured they were new and must be fixing some kind of problem. The problem came after the update when I could no longer read any disks in my DVD drive. I could write to a CD or DVD but would get a error in DVD Decrypter saying it could not check integrity.

After further inspection no disk would show up in ether of two drives. I googled the DVD Decrypter error and found the problem was with the SIS drivers. First I tried to roll back to the previous drivers and that did not work, I was left having to do System Restore back to 10/10 before the updates. All is well again, but now I'm left worrying about any future SIS updates.


Update on the second Tuesday of every month and throughly read the details :(

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The Update recommendations are good IMO.


FWIW, I would also suggest using something like One Button Checkup (in Norton SystemWorks). There are a lot of Registry cleaners out there but I like OBC and, since I NSW, I've got it on hand.

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There are a ton of XP tweaks. Try some of these after you do the usual cleaning and defragging . You also might to look at your processes in Windows Task Manager (ctrl-alt-delete) and see in you have any programming using excessive CPU. There are some notorious software programs out there such as Norton products, AOL anything, lots of MS products. Try some of these and remember if your messing around with your registry to save your settings and know how to recover from BSOD such as making backup Images of your primary C:\ drive.


A faster Windows XP? Here’s how!




Some of the working tweaks you can do to your Windows XP can really be a blessing to your system’s speed. So I thought about sharing with you the safe tweaks on how to have a faster Windows XP. As a disclaimer do the following tweaks at your own risk, however they were all tested and are in use by most of our team members and friends.




Indexing Services is a small little program that uses large amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexes and updates lists of all the files that are on your computer. It does this so that when you do a search for something on your computer, it will search faster by scanning the index lists. If you don’t search your computer often, or even if you do search often, this system service is completely unnecessary. To disable do the following:


1. Go to Start

2. Click Settings

3. Click Control Panel

4. Double-click Add/Remove Programs

5. Click the Add/Remove Window Components

6. Uncheck the Indexing services

7. Click Next



Windows XP can look sexy but displaying all the visual items can waste system resources. To optimise:


1.Go to Start

2. Click Settings

3. Click Control Panel

4. Click System

5. Click Advanced tab

6. In the Performance tab click Settings

7. Leave only the following ticked:

- Show shadows under menus

- Show shadows under mouse pointer

- Show translucent selection rectangle

- Use drop shadows for icons labels on the desktop

- Use visual styles on windows and buttons



You may have noticed that everytime you open my computer to browse folders that there is a slight delay. This is because Windows XP automatically searches for network files and printers everytime you open Windows Explorer. To fix this and to increase browsing significantly:


1. Open My Computer

2. Click on Tools menu

3. Click on Folder Options

4. Click on the View tab.

5. Uncheck the Automatically search for network folders and printers check box

6. Click Apply

7. Click Ok

8. Reboot your computer




Cacheman Improves the performance of your computer by optimizing the disk cache, memory and a number of other settings.

NOTE: This program is shareware and some features require activation.

Once Installed:


1.Go to Show Wizard and select All

2.Run all the wizards by selecting Next or Finished until you are back to the main menu. Use the defaults unless you know exactly what you are doing.

3.Exit and Save Cacheman

4.Restart Windows



There are lots of ways to do this but by far the easiest is to run TCP/IP Optimizer.


1. Download and install

2. Click the General Settings tab and select your Connection Speed (Kbps)

3. Click Network Adapter and choose the interface you use to connect to the Internet

4. Check Optimal Settings then Apply

5. Reboot



If you give your pagefile a fixed size it saves the operating system from needing to resize the page file.


1. Right click on My Computer and select Properties

2. Select the Advanced tab

3. Under Performance choose the Settings button

4. Select the Advanced tab again and under Virtual Memory select Change

5. Highlight the drive containing your page file and make the initial Size of the file the same as the Maximum Size of the file.


Windows XP sizes the page file to about 1.5X the amount of actual physical memory by default. While this is good for systems with smaller amounts of memory (under 512MB) it is unlikely that a typical XP desktop system will ever need 1.5 X 512MB or more of virtual memory. If you have less than 512MB of memory, leave the page file at its default size. If you have 512MB or more, change the ratio to 1:1 page file size to physical memory size.




If you have a lot of folders and subdirectories on your computer, when you access a directory XP wastes a lot of time updating the time stamp showing the last access time for that directory and for ALL sub directories. To stop XP doing this you need to edit the registry. If you are uncomfortable doing this then please do not attempt.


1. Go to Start and then Run and type “regedit”

2. Click through the file system until you get to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ System\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem”

3. Right-click in a blank area of the window on the right and select ‘DWORD Value’

4. Create a new DWORD Value called ‘NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate’

5. Then Right click on the new value and select ‘Modify’

6. Change the Value Data to ‘1'

7. Click ‘OK’



This is one of my favourite tweaks as it makes a huge difference to how fast your machine will ‘feel’. What this tweak does is remove the slight delay between clicking on a menu and XP displaying the menu.


1. Go to Start then Run

2. Type ‘Regedit’ then click ‘Ok’

3. Find “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\”

4. Select “MenuShowDelay”

5. Right click and select “Modify’

6. Reduce the number to around “100?

7. This is the delay time before a menu is opened. You can set it to “0? but it can make windows really hard to use as menus will open if you just look at them - well move your mouse over them anyway. I tend to go for anywhere between 50-150 depending on my mood



This tweak reduces the time XP waits before automatically closing any running programs when you give it the command to shutdown.


1. Go to Start then select Run

2. Type ‘Regedit’ and click ok

3. Find ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Control Panel\Desktop\’

4. Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’

5. Right click and select ‘Modify’

6. Change the value to ‘1000'

7. Click ‘OK’

8. Now select ‘HungAppTimeout’

9. Right click and select ‘Modify’

10. Change the value to ‘1000'

11. Click ‘OK’

12. Now find ‘HKEY_USERS\ .DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop’

13. Select ‘WaitToKillAppTimeout’

14. Right click and select ‘Modify’

15. Change the value to ‘1000'

16. Click ‘OK’

17. Now find ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ System\CurrentControlSet\Control\’

18. Select ‘WaitToKillServiceTimeout’

19. Right click and select ‘Modify’

20. Change the value to ‘1000'

21. Click ‘OK’



If you have more than 256MB of RAM this tweak will considerably improve your performance. It basically makes sure that your PC uses every last drop of memory (faster than swap file) before it starts using the swap file.


1. Go to Start then Run

2. Type “msconfig.exe” then ok

3. Click on the System.ini tab

4. Expand the 386enh tab by clicking on the plus sign

5. Click on new then in the blank box type”ConservativeSwapfileUsage=1?

6. Click OK

7. Restart PC




XP enables DMA for Hard-Drives and CD-Roms by default on most ATA or ATAPI (IDE) devices. However, sometimes computers switch to PIO mode which is slower for data transfer - a typical reason is because of a virus. To ensure that your machine is using DMA:


1. Open ‘Device Manager’

2. Double-click ‘IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers’

3. Right-click ‘Primary Channel’ and select ‘Properties’ and then ‘Advanced Settings’

4. In the ‘Current Transfer Mode’ drop-down box, select ‘DMA if Available’ if the current setting is ‘PIO Only’

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