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    Are these signs that its time to reformat?

    Im having problems with my pc and think i may need to reformat, heres what is happening:

    On the welcome boot up screen it is sometimes locked, the cursor has movement but the tabs of my pc name can't be highlighted.

    After i have clicked on my name to load up my settings/desktop it stays on the welcome page.

    2day i clicked on internet explorer and the page didnt load up it just stayed on my d/top, looked in my task manager and i had 3 IEXPLORER's going but no page appeared.

    System is running slow and sometimes my d/top icons are just the white data sheets, after say 6seconds the icons appear.

    I am running XP Pro sp2....thx for any help!

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    There's a few things you can try first...

    1. clean up unnecessary space by going to "start\all programs\accessories\system tools" and clicking on disk cleanup.

    2. defrag your hard drive - go to "start\all programs\accessories\system tools" and click on "Disk Defragmentor"

    3. click "start\run" and type "cmd" without the "" and then type "chkdsk /f" at the prompt... It will tell you that it cannot run but gives you the choose to run the next time the system restarts. enter "y" hit return and then type "exit". now reboot your system and let the system check your disk.

    4. remove all the programs that you don't need from the "add/remove programs" located in the control panel.

    5. delete the programs from "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup" that you do not need to run on start up.

    6. right click my computer and select properties. click on the advanced tab and in the performance section click settings. click adjust for best performance.

    Once you've done all that report back on what its running like.

    If you have any more questions then please ask.

    Hope that helps

    Chris

    What anti virus are you running. Sounds like something is eating up your system resources

    stora

    What anti virus are you running. Sounds like something is eating up your … What anti virus are you running. Sounds like something is eating up your system resources




    Yeah that's another thing to do, run both anti virus and spyware software to make sure you haven't got anything on your system that you shouldn't have.

    Edit - Make sure your computer is up to date by using windows update. This patches up problems with some of your software that could let things in.

    Original Poster

    Hey guys!

    Well im using AVG free anti virus, sygate firewall, and im also using ad-aware pro and spy bot. Ive also been using WinASO Registry Optimizer which has cleaned up alot of errors in my registry, plus theres a tab where you can speed up your system. Stopped all the **** i don't need at initial start up and also ran defrag ( which again is stating that i dont have any fragmented files to fix!?).

    If you go to AVG's website you can download their free rootkit detection. try that (It doesn't take long)

    If your system is still running slowly then a fresh install would solve that and would probably be quicker than trying to troubleshoot (From my experience, I have spent time on customers computers tuning/updating/searching for viruses and often find that where the computer has had lots of programs installed/uninstalled they can leave files behind that you do not really need. It it usually quicker to do a fresh install as it only usually takes me about 1hour to get everything installed again.)

    Mae sure you keep up to date with the windows updates and make sure you do not connect to the internet, even for 1 minute, without installing your anti-virus first.

    Chris

    Original Poster

    Ive got Vista Ultimate sat here doing nothing, ive heard bad reports with this os, especially gaming where people have stated that XP still runs faster, is this true?

    Also if i put Vista over the top of XP, will vista keep my xp films/music etc but delete my programmes?

    Tbh im still wary of putting vista on.

    My pc:

    8800gt 512
    ICD2 E6400 @2.13 (artic cooled)
    Asus PB5 Deluxe
    2gig Corsair 5400 xms2 ddr2
    Hiper 580watt psu
    Antec 900 case

    aphex187

    Ive got Vista Ultimate sat here doing nothing, ive heard bad reports with … Ive got Vista Ultimate sat here doing nothing, ive heard bad reports with this os, especially gaming where people have stated that XP still runs faster, is this true?Also if i put Vista over the top of XP, will vista keep my xp films/music etc but delete my programmes?Tbh im still wary of putting vista on.My pc:8800gt 512ICD2 E6400 @2.13 (artic cooled)Asus PB5 Deluxe2gig Corsair 5400 xms2 ddr2Hiper 580watt psuAntec 900 case



    I would advise that you back all your files up before hand and do a fresh install rather than an upgrade if you are considering vista. Upgrade leave unnecessary files behind that can slow your computer. As for using vista thats your choice, I'm still running XP, but I usually run an install of vista to keep up with the industry and my profession. I'm planing on getting a mac so will dual boot with vista and just keep XP media center on my media center PC.

    Your machine looks to be quite capable of running vista so id give it a go. At the end of the day it's down to personal preference and you can always reinstall XP if you get annoyed with it.

    Chris

    Original Poster

    Ok bud.

    Oh i tried that rootkit and it came back positive with zero hidden objects.

    Pc is running fine 2day, but i think a fresh install of XP is what im going to need.

    Thx for the advice m8!
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