Re: Poor Performance
- From: "Gerry Cornell" <gcjc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2006 13:27:13 +0100
By 56 items do you mean 56 processes? My system currently has
45 processes running.
How much RAM memory?Try Ctrl+Alt+Delete to select Task
Manager and click the Performance Tab. What is the Total,
the Commit Charge and the Peak?
What is your CPU processor speed? Right click on your My
Computer icon on your Desktop and select Properties to get
this information and the amount of RAM memory.
How large is your hard disk and how much free disk space? In
Windows Explorer right click on your C drive and select
Properties. Is the hard disk formatted as fat32 or NTFS?
Do you have any McAfee or Norton products installed? If yes
Poor system performance can be the result of a single problem
or a combination of factors. Listed below are issues, which you
may wish to examine if you are experiencing poor performance
after the boot process has completed. Some items may help with
slow starting of Windows XP but the list has not been prepared
for tackling that problem. Work through the list until you achieve
an acceptable result. Regular and effective housekeeping is
essential. What you do and how often you do it will depend
on how you use your computer. A suggested routine may include:
1. In Outlook Express empty your Deleted Items folder.
2. In Outlook Express run File, Folder, Compact All whilst OFFLINE.
3. Run Disk Cleanup. Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools,
Disk Cleanup with Temporary Internet Files, Offline Web Pages
(optional), System Restore ( more Options tab ) and Recycle Bin
selected for deletion. If you have more than one drive / partition
you may need to do this operation for each drive / partition.
4. The normal way to remove System Restore points (in the System
Volume Information folder ) is Disk CleanUp. To increase your free
space on your drive select Start, All Programs, Accessories,
System Tools, Disk CleanUp, More Options, System Restore
and remove all but the latest System Restore points? Restore
points can be quite large.
5. Run Disk Defragmenter in Safe Mode.
Check whether you could reduce the number of days the History
of sites visited is retained. Start, Control Panel, Internet Options,
Spyware causes many problems. If not installed download Adaware
and / or update Reference file
from http://www.lavasoftusa.com/support/download/ and use it to
remove parasites. If Spyware persists as a problem try a Hosts file.
Slow performance resulting from insufficient memory, causing
over reliance on virtual memory, may be especially noticed by those
upgrading to Windows XP from an earlier version of Windows.
Windows XP will run with 64 MB of RAM memory. However,
a minimum of 256 MB is recommended and many users will
recommend 512 MB. You may check on pagefile (virtual
memory) usage with Page File Monitor for XP:
Check how much free space you have on the hard drive / partition
where your pagefile is located. You need a minimum of 15% but
20% or more is better.
Check your setting for the Indexing Service. Start, Administrative
Tools, Services, Indexing Service. The default setting is Manual.
Check that it is not running. More information here:
You can have too many programmes running in the background.
Close programmes/windows after use. Check whether all the
programmes loading when Windows is started are really necessary.
Check whether you can identify slow performance with a particular
programme. Look in Google to see whether others have encountered
the same problem and found a solution.
Are there any error messages in Event Viewer? You can access
Event Viewer by selecting Start, Administrative Tools, and Event
Viewer. When researching the meaning of the error, information
regarding Event ID: and Source Description is important.
HOW TO: View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer in Windows XP
Hope this helps.
Stourport, Worcs, England
Enquire, plan and execute.
"Key" <Key@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
My system is running slow I looked in my task mrg. there are 56 items is
normal?? It takes at least 23sec for Outlook to load everything eles is
What should I do ??