Re: [NTO] Slow computer, a turtle is much faster
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David Smart wrote:
> I never reformat a hard drive unless it is showing hard-driveDavid,
> problems. Certainly never on a regular basis.
I have reformatted hard drives often and I have found it works wonders
in speeding things up. I think it is better than reinstalling over the
old OS and I believe [MHO] that deleting never completely deletes
everything. I am a believer in formating a hard drive at least once each
year. Just make sure that you save all your data and the drivers to
re-install then go to microsoft and make sure you are up todate on all
their patches, etc.
> However, you may actually be referring to deleting the operating
> system and reinstalling it. This can be done without reformatting the
> hard drive. Again, though, I never do it on a regular basis.
> I'm not an XP user, but have certainly done reinstallations of 98 and
> 2000 without losing data files. (However, I always take a full
> backup, just in case.)
> When things are starting to break, I'll normally do a reinstallation
> of the O/S over the top of the old one. My understanding is that XP
> has just such a facility, but you'd need to check this. Only if this
> doesn't fix things would I consider deleting and reinstalling from
> The most recent delete/install I did was on a customer's 98 machine
> that had been badly hit by spyware and a couple of viruses. I cleaned
> them out all right (sort of) but so much was corrupted that I decided
> the quickest solution was to delete and start again. In that case, I
> completely cleared the disk (delete not reformat) because I had also
> had viruses to contend with.
> Dave S
- Hi Ed,
Did you try a System Restore,
(All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore)
to restore your computer to a time when you know that it was working
correctly? It is a very useful thing that XP has built into it.
Probably I am stating the obvious, and you have already tried it, but
it was just a thought.
--- In ntb-OffTopic@yahoogroups.com, Ed Brown <ebrown1927@c...> wrote:
> I have done all the things obvious and recommended and nothing has
> helped. I have cleaned up the disk, defraged, run scan disk, dumped
> Recycle bin, run LavaSoft newest edition to remove all spyware, and
> just in case some was missed I used Spy Bot, found a lot removed it
> ran 3 different virus scans. Found no virus or known trojans. Yet this
> computer is extremely frustratingly slow. So what do you ladies and
> guys suggest I do next? I am using XP home edition on this particular
> Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their
minds are incompetents in asylums, and those in cemeteries.
> -- Everett McKinley Dirksen
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But think you have now found out what was wrong....
The trouble with reinstalling xp is that, I think, there is a maximum
number of times you can do this. Not quite sure what happens when you
exceed the number, 3 I think:-(
In message <41DD51E2.90503@...>, Ed Brown
>hsavage, Rosemary, Barrry,
>Thanks for your input. The ram should be sufficient as it is 512mb. The
>computer is almost new and the speed is 2.6 ghz. The registry! Aye,the
>registry is where I think the problem lays. But poking around in the
>registry is not for everyone. I have tried several programs, free and
>expensive, that are supposed to deal with this--HOWEVER, when I have
>run them , they come up with many registry problems but then warn me
>some things that it has found and listed as problems, may not be
>problems and are needed by the computer therefore I should only remove
>those (Notice_ I _should remove them not the program and if I could do
>that I would not needed the program in the first place) that I am
>absolutely certain will not cause problems. Aye! There lies the rub. I
>have no idea which is what or what is which so to speak That is the
>reason I brought the app in the first place, to tell me what I need to
>remove, repair or replace and how to do those things. The registry
>repair programs or apps that I have bought end up being worthless.
>I have found some files missing that I have replaced and that helped
>some things like some programs that were not working now work, but as
>yet have not improved or increased the speed . I think this problem has
>occurred mainly and foremost because I removed a large number of
>ad-spy-ware, trojans and viruses over time. It seems that some of these
>may have taken part of the things I need with them as well as corrupted
>I believe that the best thing to do is simply to back up all my good
>data and programs that I wish to keep and format the hard drive and
>start over. Over all the years I have been computering and that is not
>that many, since '94, I have heard over and over that the hard drive
>should be formated annually. It seems that there is a great deal of
>truth in this. That never is any fun, and now since Microsoft as gotten
>so picky about reloading XP I am not sure how to handle this. Any ideas?
>Thanks again for your input,
>Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their
>minds are incompetents in asylums, and those in cemeteries.
> -- Everett McKinley Dirksen
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I was going to mention the erunt and registry optimizer, but another
poster beat me to it. I use them all the time.
I'm glad the MS beta helped.
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Ed Brown wrote:
> You are right. I tried it and it found another14 and I had those removed
> or quarantined. The following two programs that hsavage suggested are
> great, they are small and fast and free but I certainly intend to send
> the developer at least a token payment to keep him developing things
> like these two programs.. You will like these programs.
> One is the backup for the registery [Erunt] to keep you out of trouble
> if you do goof up and the other just does a good job of
> Optimizing the register. The optimizer alone speeded my computer back up
> and now I will go in and try removing any bad registry entries.
> Registry Optimization for Windows NT/2000/2003/XP