Happy Friday! Just a friendly reminder to new subscribers of this newsletter: we have an archive of our past Community newsletters, which cover many technical topics. So check it out because I see a lot of questions e-mailed to me that have been already covered. Also, if you are in dire need of technical help, you can always find help in the CNET forums, where many wonderful members and moderators are always willing to give you great advice. So give the forums a try and post your questions there. Now let's get started addressing Bob's question about why his computer still runs slow even after a clean install of Windows XP.
Under most circumstances, you would think that by doing a clean install of your operating system, it should start you off with a brand-new system and increase your speed, but as Bob found out, even after a new start, his PC was still running slow! So what gives?
Well, according to our members' answers, it could be a number of issues ranging from hardware, like a failing hard drive or motherboard, to software problems like the BIOS (basic input/output system) or drivers in need of updates. It could also be a boot sector virus or rootkit. Anything is possible, which makes this a difficult issue to pinpoint. However, before you dig into all the great answers from our members, I'd like to bring your attention to a couple of great points made by members Compvis and DilbertE, who mention that when you first bought your computer with XP, it hadn't been updated with all the new updates and service packs. And the system hardware then was for XP with no updates. Now that XP has evolved and become more robust with new service packs, the OS will demand more hardware resources like memory and hard-drive space and speed. What was once sufficient then, may not be as efficient today, which can directly cause your system to run slower. So with that said, that is something to consider.
There are many great suggestions and advice in the discussion thread, so give it a good read and we hope it will give you some ideas on what to make of this issue you are encountering. And if any of you have additional advice, please join the discussion and tell us about it. Thank you everyone for your contributions and have an incredible weekend!
(FYI: There will be no Community newsletter next Friday, June 3. We will resume the newsletter the following Friday.)
Windows XP computer still runs slow even after a clean install?!
Is it possible even with a clean install of XP Pro that my computer
still runs slow with only the OS installed? Prior to the clean
install my computer was slow as molasses. I tried all the suggested
software solutions: Registry Cleaners; security scanners, and delete
all temp files and log files and Internet cache. Nothing helped. So I
deleted all partitions on the hard drive, did a clean install of XP Pro
System (Intel Motherboard, Pentium D 3.4 Ghz processor with 2GB of
RAM) and to my surprise my system is still dragging, how could that
be? Shouldn't it perform like it was new when I first bought the
system? I found no solutions that addressed hardware as a culprit. Is
it time for a new motherboard or what? Please help me out with this
mystery. Thank you!
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Step aside PC, I'm switching to a Mac! But wait, how do I move my stuff? I am switching from a Windows PC to a Mac computer very soon, but before I do any of that, I have some questions. First off, is there an easy way to transfer all my information from the PC to the Mac? I have a lot of files that include office documents, photos, music, and video files, and other miscellaneous data. Will I run into compatibility issues once they are transferred? What things should I be aware of--any particular dos or don'ts in this process? I'm completely green to the Mac world and any advice, recommendations, or tips on how to make this transition to the new system as painless as possible would be greatly appreciated..
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