Computer Running Slow. Please Help!?

Please help i need some suggestions. My computer is running slow (boot slow, programs opens slow). Here's my computer specs hope this might help.

16 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    Below can help you speed up your pc:

    1. Click Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools – run Disk Cleanup

    2. Temporarily close Quick Launch:

    Right-click on the Taskbar, click Toolbars, deselect Quick Launch

    3. Open My Computer

    Right-click on C:

    Click Properties

    Click Tools, select Error Check (check all and fix), when finished click defrag & run.

    4. Click Start, Run ipconfig -renew (type ipconfig space renew)

    5. Restart. Right-click on Taskbar, click Toolbars, select Quick Launch to restore

    All these things should be done regularly. The more frequently they are run, the less time they take.

    -Note: Games and videos are mostly graphics. Graphics create large files. If these suggestions don't help, you might need more memory.

    Last, if you haven't cleaned your registry in a while. This is necessary. Your registry holds all the information regarding updates, installs, un-installs etc. Each one of those events produces a key. That key needs your PC's resources and free space. So, if you clean your registry, you make more resources available for speed. Does a registry scan if you got more than 20 errors you should clean it.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    If your virus/spyware free, there are a couple things you can do get your computer working faster. If you using your computer for normal stuff and not gaming. You don't always need more RAM you just need to perform a few maintenance task.

    First, if you haven't cleaned your registry in a while. This is necessary. Your registry holds all the information regarding updates, installs, un-installs etc. Each one of those events produces a key. That key needs your PC's resources and free space. So, if you clean your registry, you make more resources available for speed. Do a registry scan if you got more than 20 errors you should clean it.

    2. Clear your Windows cache files, this is your temporary file. It can grow up to a large volume and stop your computer from using RAM properly. In a sense slow it down by preventing it from using free space.Here is how:

    1. Quit Internet Explorer, Firefox, or any other web browser

    2. Click Start, click "Control Panel", and then double-click "Internet Options".

    3. On the General tab, click "Delete Files" under Temporary Internet Files.

    4. In the Delete Files dialog box, click to select the "Delete all offline content" check box , and then click OK.

    5. Click OK.

    3. Manage your startups. Your excess CPU usage is due to too many programs running in the background. You can cut these to barebones by alter your msconfig. Here is how:

    1. Open your Start menu.

    2. Click Run

    3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"

    4. In the "system configuration utility",click either "service" or "startup" tab

    5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.

    6. Click "OK"

  • 1 decade ago

    Assuming you have no hardware issues, do this:

    (1) Run a FULL anti-virus scan with a good virus scanner. Get free editions of AVast or AVG8. Use the latest virus definitions file.

    (2) Run anti-spyware scans with Spybot S&D and malwarebytes.

    (3) Ensure all Microsoft security updates are applied.

    (4) Run disk cleanup to delete old temp files and other junk

    (5) Run a thorough disk defrag. Use a good defragmenter for this, and also run a boot-time defrag to fix the MFT and page file if they are fragmented. You can check out Diskeeper 2009, which is widely acknowledged to be the best defragger around. Their website has free 30-day trial versions.

    (6) Disable unnecessary background processes and services that take up memory.

    (7) Make sure all the hardware components have the latest and most stable drivers. Video card performance in particular is strongly dependent on drivers.

    Good Luck!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The reason the computer gets slow is due to the registry files becoming corrupted, or messed up, in simple terms. These files tell the computer or laptop how to operate the software installed on the system. If any of these files get messed up, the computer is not sure what to do and this will really slow down the computer. The other scenario is where you download other software, screensavers, pictures, videos, or even music, and this will somehow change the settings on a registry file. When this happens, the original program that needs that file now has the wrong instructions in it. So, it will cause the computer to run slow, or in a worse case, crash.

    You can speed up your computer with a thorough analysis and repair of your registry. The registry Scan will identify corrupt files, paths,and registry keys causing your computer to have errors and run slow.Go to to download registry bot.It is the most advanced and comprehensive registry repair product on the market.It will speed up your computer and make windows startup faster. free download Registry Bot.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here's what I would do. Install more ram. You should have at least 2 gigs. To check what your computer has, click "start" then go to "run" and type in "dxdiag" click enter. click yes if prompted to. It will probably show you your ram in megs. So... You want at least 2 gigs and 1 gig equals 1024 megs. If you computer is older, it will have somewhere between 64 - 512 megabites of ram i think. Anyway, the dxdiag report should also tell you what kind of ram you have. Then you can go to best buy or just find it on the internet and buy it. It will need to by physically installed into your computer, of course, because it's like a big computer chip. To see how to install it, once you know exactly what you need, look on youtube. There are some good tutorials that can walk you through the process.

    Also, here's something that is free that you should try. click "start", then "programs" then "accessories" then system tools" and finally "disk defragmenter" or defrag or whatever it says. Defrag your hard drive. What this does is it finds all the bits and pieces of storage in you hard drive that are isolated and puts them all into one big chunk. It's kind of like a cluster of bubbles. Assuming they can't pop, well then you can't really store much in them, but if you put them all together into one giant bubble, then you have all this room to store things and move about!

    Also, click "start", then "control panel" then "internet settings" and delete your cookies, internet settings, all that. Sometimes spyware and that sort of junk can be hidden in there.

    Finally, go to and download the AVG free program. Install it and do a full computer scan. Viruses can slow down you computer immensely! You could have a bunch of trojans and spyware, and AVG free will detect and delete it all. And I recommend this program because it works very well and it's free! Plus, is a VERY safe worry free site.

    Well, that's about all I know... Good Luck!

  • Manuel
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    give it a good clean

    in safe mode F8 run malwarebytes anti-malware and SUPERAntispyware,and what they find you

    delete it manually. then run ccleaner to clean your pc, and mvregclean, to clean registry.

    what mvregclean find you remove because the key is there but not the file ,folder or program.

    even you reformat and it finds anything remove dont be afraid.

    dont forget when you install this software to update them, and do an update every day

    then restore untill before you get infected.


    and defrag the disk

  • 1 decade ago

    1) Defragment your computer.

    2) Remove unnecessary or old programs

    3) Run a Virus scan (with a reliable company like McAfee or Norton Antivirus)

  • To help you it is best that you always provide your hardware specs, operating system, and software (firewall, anti-virus, and anti-spyware).

    This is for Windows XP or Vista

    Their are a few things that can cause a computer to run slow: dust, poor ventilation, insufficient hardware, damaged hardware, registry errors, disk fragmentation, malware, too many start-up programs, insufficient disk space, and junk files.

    All the following are FREE (Downloads can be found at

    A cool program I like to run before performing system slowing tasks - SmartClose (Windows XP only, have not tested on Vista)

    This program closes out of most unnecessary running tasks and programs, you can add tasks you want to keep running to a list. Programs can be restored upon request or at the next computer boot.

    Change system settings, especially in Windows Vista, to best performance for lighter use of the hardware (cpu, processer and video card).

    --Start> Control Panel> System> Advanced Tab> Under "Performance"> Settings> Click on the "Adjust for best performance" option then "Ok"

    Uninstall unused programs, update your computer regularly, update obsolete or old programs.

    Run Disk Cleanup - Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Cleanup

    Run Disk Defragmenter - Start> All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Deframenter

    Remove Programs from Startup - Start> Run> msconfig

    --Click on the Startup tab and uncheck the boxes of programs unnecessary to run at startup

    Install and Run ONE Antivirus Program (Can cause system to slow down if the shield is active)

    --AVG Anti-Virus Free Edition

    *--Avast Anti-Virus Home Edition

    --Avira Anti-Virus

    Install and Run Anti-Spyware (Can cause system to slow down if the shield is active)

    *--Spybot Search and Destroy

    *--Spyware Terminator


    *--Spyware Blaster

    Install and Run System Optimization tool

    *--Ccleaner (Strongly Recommended)

    *--Advanced WindowsCare

    --Glary Utilities

    *--Auslogics Registry Defrag

    Internet Browsers




    To Maintain Your Systems Safety a Firewall is Recommended (Can cause system to slow down if the shield is active)



    * = Favorites (For installing all recommended RAM is 1GB+, Free hard drive space 10GB+, and a decent 2.0Ghz+ processor,

    If all this fails then you need new hardware/upgrades or you need to format/reinstall your hard drive/operating system.

    Source(s): Zonealarm - Comodo - SmartClose - Spyware Blaster - - Use Google or Yahoo to search for "Software-Title Download," no quotes.
  • 1 decade ago

    First clean up the disc( my computer, drive c, properties, tools, disc clean)

    remove unwanted and temp internet files and

    defragment the drive.

    Remove unwanted softwares or softwares which you are no longer using by change or remove programmes( set programes /default and remove programme files)

    This would definetely speed up ur computer

  • 1 decade ago

    One of the main reasons for slow performance is problems with your registry. You can have a free scan of your computer with Registry Fix by going to now.

    Always choose the top registry cleaners that will offer you a free scan and a money back guarantee. This demostrates the the company has confidence in their product and also protects your hard earned money.

    Another major reason is that you have probably got a virus. Go and run a virus scanner such as one called AVG Free. You should have had a virus or firewall software supplied with your computer, but this must be updated frequently to combat the new viruses which seem to come online.

    I hope that this information has helped you in someway. Good luck with this as I do know how frustrating the problem can be.

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