Re: [Simply Computers] Cleaning & Updating A Slow Computer
- Thank you for your response, Vince.
After spending some time with the first stage of cleaning on Tuesday, & finding no major security issues at that point, it seemed a good guess to me that the slow pace might be due to outdated hardware & programs. By the time I returned yesterday, she had decided she wantes to get a professional assessment of it & perhaps go to a new laptop, so we decided not to go any further with the cleaning & updating, until she makes a decision. Haven't talked to her yet today, so still not sure what the update is.
The few programs I downloaded seemed to slow it down for her so I removed them & it picked up a bit, really not too bad at all for its age - thinking, again, it was just a bit of a struggle for it. But at least we did get to clean out a good portion & determine she had no security issues. Just 'old age', I guess.
Will keep you updated.
--- In email@example.com, "Vincent Winterling" <vwinterling@...> wrote:
> You're on the right path, but other than a spring cleaning it's hard to help
> you with your ultimate goals as you've stated you don't know what hardware
> you're looking at. For someone who apparently uses her pc as infrequently as
> it is used, I wouldn't invest much money in it (or your time), particularly
> Office 2010.
> For that age of that machine I would keep Office 2002 on it, do all the
> updates, ensure it has current anti-virus and anti-malware, a decent
> firewall, clean it inside and out, and rest easy - particularly if she's
> getting a laptop.
> Vincent Winterling
> Vineland, NJ
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Linda
> Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 3:44 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [Simply Computers] Cleaning & Updating A Slow Computer
> I am trying to help my sister with her slow & outdated computer.
> I do not have the particulars on the computer, other than it is a desktop &
> running XP. She has had it since 2003, so you can see that at nearly a
> decade old, it needs alot of updating, which is probably why it's running so
> slow. She eventually will be getting a new one - laptop - but am trying to
> help her with this one for now.
> It runs very slow & has some outdated programs on it, such as IE7 & Office
> 2002 - or maybe 2003.
> Did a general clean up & ran Windows Update (from 'Tools) the latter of
> which required an updated feature, & ran the Secirty Tango programs -
> CWShredder, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes & Stinger. Have yet to run
> CCleaner and/or RegCure (the latter of which has been a big help to me), but
> will be doing that this afternoon, along with Secunia.
> She would like to install Office 2010, so I'm sure we can get rid all her
> 2002 programs. As well, would like to update to IE8.
> Any suggestions or advice on this would be appreciated - hints, tips, things
> to be aware or cautious of.
> Thank you.
- Hi Alan,
Thank you for your response.
We didn't get to the defrag & software updating on Tuesday, but as I was telling Vince in my response to him, when I returned yesterday she had decided to get a professional assessment before going ahead with any more work. After running the programs I did on Tuesday, we found no security issues at all - as Vince guessed, she does not use it alot, only for email, reading the NYTimes & a tad bit of research here & there - so my guess at that time was the age factor, as we all seem to be in agreement on. We'll see what she decides. Only problem is, when you get those special laptop deals for under $600, they prsent problems not long after, or so it happened with me because most of the hardware was on the low end (if I'm explaining it corectly). Two years later I ended up updating (processor, speed, memory), becuase it had become such a nightmare. Well, we'll see.
I have 2 other questions, about CCleaner & WebRep, but will post those separately so this doesn't get too long & involced.
Thanks again, Alan. Tons of great info that i'll save!
--- In email@example.com, "Alan" <snavenala@...> wrote:
> One thing you didn't mention is defragmenting the hard drive. This is pretty essential in a computer
> of this age because the hard drive usually has a small capacity compared to modern drives. If it's
> from 2003 it could have a small 20 - 40 GB hard drive e.g. Check how much space there is left on the
> drive. If it's really full, that would help explain the slowness. An 8 year old hard drive is
> getting very long in the tooth. It's usually pretty worn out by then. This affects performance too.
> First a good clean up of any unnecessary installed software, update XP and general programs and then
> If you're having trouble defragmenting with Windows, Defraggler from Piriform is a good free
> defragmenter: http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
> I would use CCleaner a.s.a.p. as this can often generate up to 5 GB of empty space on a small,
> crowded drive. The registry cleaner part of CCleaner is also very effective.
> Another tip to create space and get rid of unnecessary ballast is to clean out the system restore
> points. With XP, they take up 12% of the hard drive by default. In a small hard drive, that's a lot.
> You can either switch System Restore off, restart the computer and then switch SR back on again.
> This will remove all the old restore points. Then make a new one manually if Windows didn't create
> one automatically.
> Or you can use Disk Clean up in Accessories-System Tools under All Programs. Under the More Options
> tab in Disk Cleanup, you can remove all restore points except the last one.
> Also, with this vintage the amount of internal memory may be relatively little compared to today's
> computers - maybe 512 MB of DDR1 unless the computer has been upgraded since 2003. But if you give
> the computer a good spring-clean, it should still work reasonably well with 512 MB. If it only has
> 256 MB, you've got a problem.
> I would avoid overloading it with too big a mixture of antivirus and anti-malware and cleaner
> programs. These can really slow an older computer down whereas you don't notice them much with a
> more powerful PC. I like to keep things simple and light with these computers - one good free
> antivirus/anti-spyware program like Microsoft Security Essentials, AVG Free or Avast, in combination
> with CCleaner for regular maintenance. If the computer is virus-free, these two programs will offer
> enough basic protection and won't affect performance.
> Good luck,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Linda" <kindajazzy2@...>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:43 PM
> Subject: [Simply Computers] Cleaning & Updating A Slow Computer
> >I am trying to help my sister with her slow & outdated computer.
> > I do not have the particulars on the computer, other than it is a desktop & running XP. She has
> > had it since 2003, so you can see that at nearly a decade old, it needs alot of updating, which is
> > probably why it's running so slow. She eventually will be getting a new one - laptop - but am
> > trying to help her with this one for now.
> > It runs very slow & has some outdated programs on it, such as IE7 & Office 2002 - or maybe 2003.
> > Did a general clean up & ran Windows Update (from 'Tools) the latter of which required an updated
> > feature, & ran the Secirty Tango programs - CWShredder, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes & Stinger.
> > Have yet to run CCleaner and/or RegCure (the latter of which has been a big help to me), but will
> > be doing that this afternoon, along with Secunia.
> > She would like to install Office 2010, so I'm sure we can get rid all her 2002 programs. As well,
> > would like to update to IE8.
> > Any suggestions or advice on this would be appreciated - hints, tips, things to be aware or
> > cautious of.
> > Thank you.
> > Linda
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