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Old 10-20-2010, 04:26 PM
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Default Computer guys. need some help speeding up a laptop

wassup guys,
I need some input on what software program i can download to clean up a laptop to speed it up. Its just over a year old running windows vista. It also has 4gigs of ram but is still slow as a dog when there are only a few programs running (explorer, skype and a messenger program) at the same time.

So what do you recommend?
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Remove crap files with crapcleaner or cleanup.then defrag on a regular basis.
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thanx
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Don't run porn in a minimized background. It eats up a lot of ram.
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^
...so I've heard.
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haha thanx for the advice
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Spywareblaster and CCleaner.
Both free.
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PC Pitstop has a small program called Optimize.
http://www.pcpitstop.com/store/optimize.asp

I used to use a free program called (I think it was) Uncle Bob? It worked GREAT, but they never upgraded it to work on XP, so I "bought" the Optimize program and split the cost with my brother. Personally we both think it works Great and it does what we'd hope it would. If it's worth anything, I definitely recommend it.

edit: ....since I've got it out and here in my hand I'm going to run it again.....wish I had the newer version.
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The first thing I would suggest is to make sure your computer has as much ram as it is capable of. I think that while 4gb did a great job with xp, it's close to the minimum for vista. You can go here: http://www.memorystore.com/ and enter your computer make and model if you don't know the max.
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Ditch Vista and go get a Windows 7 Upgrade. Thats all.
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4 mb ram is plenty.

Vista is a lousy OS - you'd be better off with XP or Win7.

You've probably got some sort of spyware/malware slowing things down, remove all of that and even the cheapest year-old laptop should be more than capable of running your OS and a few applications.
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I'm assuming this would all work as well with my 2 year old desktop....
Used to work great, but after my wife and kids with the Facebook, online games, God only knows what else......it is S..L..O..W..!!! It will even let me get one click away from where I want to be either reading news article, forums, etc., and then Internet Explorer will just drop. Locks up quite often also, all you can do is power off, power on, let it do its thing...
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Switch to Firefox, IE is a hog.
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3 meters per second / squared.
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Fdisk/Format/reinstall windows
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
3 meters per second / squared.
9.8 mps/s
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1. Did you make system recovery disks when it was new?
If yes, then:
2. Find a free total wipe program for download, I like Dban.
That will really clean your hard drive using military grade wiping.
3. Insert first recovery disk and follow directions.
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You don't have to take all those drastic measures.
Just run the two I mentioned.
They are small and fast.

If they don't help, then consider other options, wiping/formatting a last choice.
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Yeah check for programs running you don't know about using something like "Hijack This" which is a free program. Also, try Malware bytes as it does a really good scan and also will clean items... But besides all that I too have a laptop with Vista and it is memory hungry all the time. If you do reload it it probably has the factory installed system on backup already on the drive.
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Go to tasks and then processes running. Take a screen shot of it and post here. Be sure to close all programs first.

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