Go Back   Technibble Forums > General Computers > Tech-to-Tech Computer Help

  Technibble Sponsor

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 06-21-2012, 02:53 AM
DrRaid's Avatar
DrRaid DrRaid is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: DELAWARE
Posts: 10
DrRaid is an unknown quantity at this point
Default Performance Enhancements

Hello. I have a question I would like to know if anyone can help me with finding working software or methods to enhance the performance of two Windows XP Machines. Heres the break down. My Mother Has 2 Windows XP Desktop PC's that she is using for her small business and they have financial information and all sensitive data she does not really want to upgrade yet as she has had these machines for years and years. Anyway the issue is the machines are very slow on start up and they lag around alot once loaded when browsing the web or going to control panel or other folders and everything I just would like to know is there any software that actually works to help boost the performance so they will run faster and what can i do to enhance her performance. They both only have about 2 GB OF Ram with 80GB HD's they are dinosaurs. So any help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you. BTW. I have already removed programs from the startup that were not needed and changed the index volume
__________________
0.1

Last edited by DrRaid; 06-21-2012 at 03:03 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-21-2012, 03:33 AM
Xander Xander is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Niagara region, Ontario
Posts: 6,870
Xander is just really niceXander is just really niceXander is just really niceXander is just really niceXander is just really nice
Default

Upgrade.

You will never turn a dinosaur into a cheetah.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-21-2012, 03:50 AM
DrRaid's Avatar
DrRaid DrRaid is offline
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: DELAWARE
Posts: 10
DrRaid is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

You are right sir. I realize this but My Mother believes that something can be done thanks for this post I will show it to her so she can see for herself but if there is any software or something that may increase it and enable it to run smoother let me know.
__________________
0.1
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-21-2012, 03:58 AM
14049752 14049752 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,314
14049752 has a spectacular aura about14049752 has a spectacular aura about
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by DrRaid View Post
You are right sir. I realize this ... but if there is any software or something that may increase it and enable it to run smoother let me know.
I believe the software you are looking for can be found at FinallyFast.com. Here's a great testimonial to show how well it works! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5mGAUwMbXg
All of those upgrades, like ram, are just a waste of money... The reason why everyone suggests that is because they don't know about the *secret* settings to maximize your computer's performance!










...



..

I'm kidding. Don't install that software. Tell your mom that ram is cheap and will be the best upgrade short of getting new systems.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-21-2012, 07:40 AM
Xander Xander is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Niagara region, Ontario
Posts: 6,870
Xander is just really niceXander is just really niceXander is just really niceXander is just really niceXander is just really nice
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 14049752 View Post
Tell your mom that ram is cheap and will be the best upgrade short of getting new systems.
She's already got 2GB which means, unless she's doing high-end stuff like video editing and CAD/CAM, she's not getting full use of what she already has.

Check the disk for errors, defrag to <5%, SFC, etc. There's not a lot you can do for those old ones.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-21-2012, 09:26 AM
Big Jim Big Jim is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Derbyshire, UK
Posts: 440
Big Jim is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

backup
format
reinstall
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-21-2012, 09:47 AM
OfficeTechs OfficeTechs is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 262
OfficeTechs is on a distinguished road
Default

replace the stock IDE/SATA drive with an SSD drive, doesnt sound like she needs much storage space and smallish SSD drives are fairly cheap nowadays.

Ive done this to a few low end XP laptops and it makes a world of difference as long as you have the RAM sizeing correct which seems you have.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-21-2012, 11:30 AM
YeOldeStonecat's Avatar
YeOldeStonecat YeOldeStonecat is online now
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Southeast Connecticut
Posts: 8,082
YeOldeStonecat is a splendid one to beholdYeOldeStonecat is a splendid one to beholdYeOldeStonecat is a splendid one to beholdYeOldeStonecat is a splendid one to beholdYeOldeStonecat is a splendid one to beholdYeOldeStonecat is a splendid one to behold
Default

New hard drive...clone the drive to a new one. You stated an 80 gig drive, I bet that drive is over 5 years old.

100 bucks...clone the drive to a new one, swap.
Keep the "old" drive and configure it as a second drive. Add the pagefile.sys to it and make it system managed....on both the new drive, and now also on the old drive.

She'll run noticeably better.

Adding more RAM won't help much if it's already at 2 gigs...a big law of diminishing returns comes into play with Windows XP and going above 2 gigs of RAM....unless she runs some app that REALLY needs RAM. It's cheap enough where you could add another pair of sticks to bring it to 4 gigs. XP (it's most likely 32 bit) will only see 3.2 or 3.4 or maybe 3.5 gigs (depending on video card and other hardware)...so it'll really only be able to use 3-ish gigs.

But seriously....older computers....clone the drive to a new one, instant regain in performance...and probably a longer expected life...on a new HDD. As hard drives age....they degrade in performance. Plus current generation HDDs perform better than older ones.
__________________
Resident "Geek on a Harley" doing IT in Southeast Connecticut
http://www.dynamic-alliance.com/
https://www.facebook.com/YeOldeStonecat
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-21-2012, 02:36 PM
FoolishTech's Avatar
FoolishTech FoolishTech is offline
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Manteo, NC (USA)
Posts: 2,757
FoolishTech is a jewel in the roughFoolishTech is a jewel in the roughFoolishTech is a jewel in the rough
Default

>2GB of RAM is pointless in Windows XP.

New HDDs could help. Basic maintenance.

There is NO software that will make a PC run faster. Unless you're talking about the DOS days when QEMM by Quarterdeck was around.

LOL @ Finallyfast.com
__________________


Author of d7 & d7II, and TONS of other FREE PC technician's tools. www.FoolishIT.com

Author of CryptoPrevent - Crypto/Malware prevention for any OS.

Latest free tool: dBug - Neutralize malware preventing you from running removal tools.

NEW d7II single technician pricing!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-21-2012, 03:28 PM
14049752 14049752 is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 3,314
14049752 has a spectacular aura about14049752 has a spectacular aura about
Default

On the Ram, fair enough. I missed the 2gb part in the op. But, like everyone else said, the real point is that money needs to go to hardware because there isn't a program that'll work like that.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 01:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Technibble.com is based out of MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA.