Windows® XP Slow
Slow Windows® XP: Causes and solutions
A computer is a very essential component in today’s personal, as well as professional life. Our computers are useful tool because it can provide accurate solution. The reliability of computers is ever growing and we expect it to deliver results fast. But the sad truth is that even if you buy a computer with all the latest specifications, it will become slow later. This is unavoidable. Slowing down of the computer is both frustrating and disappointing. Imagine you are in a meeting and want to find important information from your computer only to find out that your computer is not booting up fast enough.
The following points highlight why a computer with Windows® XP operating system can get slower and what steps you can take to make Windows® XP faster:
- Symptoms of a slow Windows® XP
- Possible reasons for slow Windows® XP
- How can you make Windows® XP run faster?
Symptoms of a slow Windows® XP
This is not always obvious. When you buy your computer, you will find your Windows® XP running the applications very fast and satisfactorily. However, after some time, you realize the operating system has gone terribly slow. It takes awfully long time to respond, to open up an application or sometimes even freezes completely. This slowing down of Windows® XP is a gradual process. The problem is when you find that Windows® XP is taking five minutes to boot instead of standard few seconds or so, you cannot undo everything that you did within all those months to fix it.
Possible reasons for slow Windows® XP
Windows® XP can get slow because of a number of reasons. Hard drive management is one of the common issues. Installing applications that may cause conflicts with other applications and Windows® XP can be another reason. Moreover, virus and spyware are some malicious programs that can run in the background and take up important resource. This also slows down the Windows® XP. On the other hand, antivirus or firewall software may also slow the operating system. Mismatch of hardware can also be an issue.
You can speed up the Windows® XP by following one or more steps described here. You need to defrag your computer on regular basis. You can do that from the “Administrative Task” of the “Control Panel”. De-fragmentation reorganizes the files on the hard drive in an optimized manner so that Windows® XP can access them fast. Background services may run on your computer and you may not need all of them. You can search for the essential services for Windows® XP and can stop the rest. You can do it by running “msconfig”. Make sure you use the best suited drivers for hardware. You should also scan your computer for viruses and malware. You should also choose the optimized security products so that these do not cause Windows® XP to slow down. You may also need to check your computer for applications that you are not using anymore. It is a good idea to remove these because they may take some resource unnecessarily.