Windows® XP Slowness
What are the various reasons for Windows® XP being slow?
Windows® XP, which followed Windows® 2000 and Windows® ME, is the first ever consumer- oriented operating system launched by Microsoft®. It is mainly aimed at use in personal computers. Windows® XP is the short form for eXPerience. Windows® XP has two editions targeted at two different groups of users. The first one is Windows® XP Home Edition for home users and the second one, which includes some added features, is Windows® XP Professional, for business and professional purposes. Though Windows® XP is widely used all over the world, you might find your system running really slow with Windows® XP installed in it.
The common reasons behind the slow speed of Windows® XP and tips to resolve such issues are discussed below:
- Automatic Loading and Start-up of Programs
- Existence of Multiple Versions of the Same Device Driver
- Poor Health of Computer Hard Drives
- Viruses, Spyware and other Malware
- Reaching the RAM Limit
Automatic Loading and Start-up of Programs
The main reason for Windows® XP running slow is that XP loads and starts-up all the programs in the start-up folder of your system. This is done regardless of whether they are needed by the user or not. The easiest way to eliminate this problem is by deleting all those unwanted files in your start-up folder or by uninstalling the programs that you do not intend to use.
Existence of Multiple Versions of the Same Device Driver
This problem is usually found after a driver upgrade. If the upgrade is not favorable, there might exist two files of drivers for the same device. The operating system should be able to discard a device driver, even though it is new, if it is no better and useful than the previous one. This can be achieved by a new feature introduced by the Windows®, called the driver rollback.
If your system’s hard drive is not in a healthy condition, it will affect your system’s performance at a high rate. You should be regularly making sure that the hard disk is not overloaded, and that it is in a proper condition. You can perform disk fragmentation to fragment the hard disk, thus making the data storage more efficient. Another option is to clean the Windows® registry regularly to ensure fast computing.
Viruses not only cause security threats to your data but also test your patience by making your system incredibly slow. Spyware is a type of malware which you usually neglect. But spyware is one of the main reasons that make your system run slow. It is extremely necessary to clean-up your PC running on Windows® XP from spyware in order to make it work faster.
Each version and edition of Windows® allows different physical memory or RAM limit to its users. The memory limit varies in Home Edition, Professional Edition and Starter Packs. If the stored data nears the memory limit, it can drastically slow down the speed of the computer. You can use external storage devices to store data or upgrade your system to incorporate more data in it.