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Diskwipe, then XP reinstall

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by David, May 29, 2010.

  1. David

    David Flightless Bird

    This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out how to
    search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I will be happy
    to go there.

    I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has been
    updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the machine is so
    burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore. I need to
    wipe the disk and re-install XP.

    I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell with
    the purchase.

    My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the current
    release version?

    Thank you very much, in advance.
     
  2. Ǝиçεl

    Ǝиçεl Flightless Bird

    http://www.altavista.com/web/result...+Hardware+for+a+Windows+Reinstall&kgs=1&kls=0

    "David" wrote:

    > This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out how to
    > search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I will be happy
    > to go there.
    >
    > I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has been
    > updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the machine is so
    > burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore. I need to
    > wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >
    > I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell with
    > the purchase.
    >
    > My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the current
    > release version?
    >
    > Thank you very much, in advance.
    > .
    >
     
  3. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    Short answer (JMO) is that after you wipe the disk and install SP1, install
    the SP3 update. That will bring you a good ways up to date, but if you want
    more updates, you can go to the MS website for more.

    David wrote:
    > This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out how
    > to
    > search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I will be
    > happy
    > to go there.
    >
    > I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has been
    > updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the machine is so
    > burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore. I need to
    > wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >
    > I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell
    > with
    > the purchase.
    >
    > My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the
    > current
    > release version?
    >
    > Thank you very much, in advance.
     
  4. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    David wrote:
    > This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out
    > how to search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I
    > will be happy to go there.
    >
    > I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has
    > been updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the
    > machine is so burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl
    > anymore. I need to wipe the disk and re-install XP.


    No you don't.
     
  5. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On May 30, 12:41 am, David <inva...@socrates.edu> wrote:
    > This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out how to
    > search for it.  Apologies.  If you can point me to a thread I will behappy
    > to go there.
    >
    > I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with  XP Home Edition.  It hasbeen
    > updated regularly, so the XP version is current.  But the machine is so
    > burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore.  I need to
    > wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >
    > I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell with
    > the purchase.
    >
    > My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the current
    > release version?
    >
    > Thank you very much, in advance.


    Why don't you just fix up what you have?

    Guesstimate the time it takes you to create a new XP slipstreamed CD
    (and hope it works) or use your SP1 CD (is it a Dell CD or a genuine
    Microsoft CD?), backup all your personal data, reformat your drive,
    reinstall XP and all your various chipset/motherboard drivers you
    acquired since you first got your system, get back on the Internet to
    update your Service Pack(s) and then download and install all the
    Critical Updates from MS, locate, reinstall and configure all your
    application software from scratch and then update all them and finally
    restore any personal data you backed up before you started. Then
    spend a day or two or three adjusting and tweaking to get things back
    to normal.

    Guesstimate about 1 hour to analyze and optimize current your system
    performance and configuration (depending on what is going on).

    Which is more appealing?

    I have never reinstalled XP on this old machine in 6+ years and it
    still runs great in spite of my continual abuse and burdening.
     
  6. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    David wrote:
    > This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out
    > how to search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I
    > will be happy to go there.
    >
    > I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has
    > been updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the
    > machine is so burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl
    > anymore. I need to wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >
    > I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by
    > Dell with the purchase.
    >
    > My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the
    > current release version?
    >
    > Thank you very much, in advance.


    HeyBub and Jose are probably correct. That is, unless your PC is
    compromised beyond belief, reinstalling XP is most likely not necessary.
    It is better to identify the problem and solve it. Otherwise, it will
    most likely return.

    If you are certain there is no malware, skip ahead to steps 4 and 5 and
    let us know your Commit Charge figures and which hard drive access mode
    you see (i.e., DMA or PIO).

    In the event that you must perform a Clean Install, there is an SP3
    installation file you may download from Microsoft. You should download
    and save it to an external hard drive now. Or you can create a CD that
    contains SP3. You have two choices:

    http://www.microsoft.com/DOWNLOADS/...a8-5e76-401f-be08-1e1555d4f3d4&displaylang=en

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/...CE-B5FB-4488-8C50-FE22559D164E&displaylang=en

    You should definitely look at and print these two pages:

    http://michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    http://groups.google.com/group/microsoft.public.windowsxp.general/msg/a066ae41add7dd2b

    Here are the usual causes of sluggishness:

    1. Malicious software (malware). You need to rule this out first! This
    page has excellent information:

    http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Viruses_Malware

    2. Certain programs that are designed to combat malware (e.g., Norton
    and McAfee). Ironically, they can slow things down because they simply
    use way too many resources. Sometime they cause conflicts with other
    programs. And their default mode is to scan your entire hard drive each
    time you boot up. Fortunately, there are other antimalware programs
    available that use far fewer resources (e.g., NOD32, Avast, and Avira).

    3. Too many of certain types of programs always running in the
    background -- with or without your knowledge. (Then again, many programs
    that run in the background have trivial consequences.)

    To determine every program and process you are currently running, use
    the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and click the Processes tab. You should
    be able to sort by CPU usage or Memory usage to get a good ideas which
    ones are the resource/memory hogs. You should write down the names of
    all the processes for future detective work (or take a snapshot and
    print it out).

    Use these sites to determine what these programs are and to learn how to
    configure them not to always run at startup:

    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php#THE_PROGRAMS
    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/
    http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

    Sometimes it is recommended to use msconfig to configure the programs to
    not run at startup. A better, more thorough program is Autoruns:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx

    But before you do this, you should use the preference settings of the
    program in question. Otherwise, for some programs, they will return to
    the startup list anyway!

    If you do wish to use msconfig, it may be accessed this way:

    Start | Run | type "msconfig" (without the quotation marks) | Enter (or
    OK)

    4. Not enough RAM, which causes the PC to overly rely on the pagefile. A
    quick way to determine if this is happening is to open Task Manager
    (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and click the Performance tab. Then note the three values
    under Commit Charge (K): in the lower left-hand corner: Total, Limit,
    and Peak.

    The Total figure represents the amount of memory you are using at that
    very moment. The Peak figure represents the highest amount of memory you
    used since last bootup. If both these figures are below the value of
    Physical Memory (K) Total, then you probably have plenty of RAM.
    In case you want to explore this further, you may run Page File Monitor
    for Windows XP:

    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_pagefilemon.htm

    5. You might also want to check that your hard drive's access mode
    didn't change from DMA to PIO:

    http://www.technize.com/2007/08/02/is-your-hard-disk-cddvd-drives-too-slow-while-copying/

    and

    http://users.bigpond.net.au/ninjaduck/itserviceduck/udma_fix/
     
  7. David

    David Flightless Bird

    Thank you for your constructive response, "HeyBub"



    On Sun, 30 May 2010 07:42:08 -0500, "HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote:

    >David wrote:
    >> This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out
    >> how to search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I
    >> will be happy to go there.
    >>
    >> I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has
    >> been updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the
    >> machine is so burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl
    >> anymore. I need to wipe the disk and re-install XP.

    >
    >No you don't.
    >
    >
     
  8. David

    David Flightless Bird

    On Sun, 30 May 2010 06:09:35 -0700 (PDT), Jose <jose_ease@yahoo.com> wrote:

    Thank you, Jose. Your response IS constructive. And appealing. The
    problem is that I am just not smart enough to know what is necessary to
    analyze and optimize my current system performance and configuration. I
    wish I was. As only one example, there are some 50-75 programs in my Start
    Up file that most of which I have no idea what they are doing, and whether
    it would be safe for me to disenable them. That's only one example. For
    me to educate myself on all that is necessary to know, I fear, would take
    much more time than to just wipe the disk and start over. (But this I am
    expecting will be bad enough already, as you say.)
    >
    >Why don't you just fix up what you have?
    >
    >Guesstimate the time it takes you to create a new XP slipstreamed CD
    >(and hope it works) or use your SP1 CD (is it a Dell CD or a genuine
    >Microsoft CD?), backup all your personal data, reformat your drive,
    >reinstall XP and all your various chipset/motherboard drivers you
    >acquired since you first got your system, get back on the Internet to
    >update your Service Pack(s) and then download and install all the
    >Critical Updates from MS, locate, reinstall and configure all your
    >application software from scratch and then update all them and finally
    >restore any personal data you backed up before you started. Then
    >spend a day or two or three adjusting and tweaking to get things back
    >to normal.
    >
    >Guesstimate about 1 hour to analyze and optimize current your system
    >performance and configuration (depending on what is going on).
    >
    >Which is more appealing?
    >
    >I have never reinstalled XP on this old machine in 6+ years and it
    >still runs great in spite of my continual abuse and burdening.
     
  9. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Daave wrote:
    > Here are the usual causes of sluggishness:
    >
    > 1. Malicious software (malware). You need to rule this out first! This
    > page has excellent information:
    >
    > http://www.elephantboycomputers.com/page2.html#Viruses_Malware
    >
    > 2. Certain programs that are designed to combat malware (e.g., Norton
    > and McAfee). Ironically, they can slow things down because they simply
    > use way too many resources. Sometime they cause conflicts with other
    > programs. And their default mode is to scan your entire hard drive
    > each time you boot up. Fortunately, there are other antimalware
    > programs available that use far fewer resources (e.g., NOD32, Avast,
    > and Avira).
    > 3. Too many of certain types of programs always running in the
    > background -- with or without your knowledge. (Then again, many
    > programs that run in the background have trivial consequences.)
    >
    > To determine every program and process you are currently running, use
    > the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and click the Processes tab. You
    > should be able to sort by CPU usage or Memory usage to get a good
    > ideas which ones are the resource/memory hogs. You should write down
    > the names of all the processes for future detective work (or take a
    > snapshot and print it out).
    >
    > Use these sites to determine what these programs are and to learn how
    > to configure them not to always run at startup:
    >
    > http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php#THE_PROGRAMS
    > http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/
    > http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm
    >
    > Sometimes it is recommended to use msconfig to configure the programs
    > to not run at startup. A better, more thorough program is Autoruns:
    >
    > http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx
    >
    > But before you do this, you should use the preference settings of the
    > program in question. Otherwise, for some programs, they will return to
    > the startup list anyway!
    >
    > If you do wish to use msconfig, it may be accessed this way:
    >
    > Start | Run | type "msconfig" (without the quotation marks) | Enter
    > (or OK)
    >
    > 4. Not enough RAM, which causes the PC to overly rely on the
    > pagefile. A quick way to determine if this is happening is to open
    > Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and click the Performance tab. Then note
    > the three values under Commit Charge (K): in the lower left-hand
    > corner: Total, Limit, and Peak.
    >
    > The Total figure represents the amount of memory you are using at that
    > very moment. The Peak figure represents the highest amount of memory
    > you used since last bootup. If both these figures are below the value
    > of Physical Memory (K) Total, then you probably have plenty of RAM.
    > In case you want to explore this further, you may run Page File
    > Monitor for Windows XP:
    >
    > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_pagefilemon.htm
    >
    > 5. You might also want to check that your hard drive's access mode
    > didn't change from DMA to PIO:
    >
    > http://www.technize.com/2007/08/02/is-your-hard-disk-cddvd-drives-too-slow-while-copying/
    >
    > and
    >
    > http://users.bigpond.net.au/ninjaduck/itserviceduck/udma_fix/


    Hmmm, that second link is dead. Here's another useful link:

    http://winhlp.com/node/10
     
  10. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    David wrote:
    > This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out how to
    > search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I will be happy
    > to go there.
    >
    > I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has been
    > updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the machine is so
    > burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore. I need to
    > wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >
    > I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell with
    > the purchase.
    >
    > My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the current
    > release version?
    >
    > Thank you very much, in advance.



    All legitimate WinXP installation CDs are bootable and have the
    capability of deleting, creating, and formatting partitions.

    Simply boot from the WinXP installation CD. You'll be offered the
    opportunity to delete, create, and format partitions as part of the
    installation process. (You may need to re-arrange the order of boot
    devices in the PC's BIOS to boot from the CD.)

    HOW TO Install Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;316941

    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    http://www.webtree.ca/windowsxp/clean_install.htm


    --

    Bruce Chambers

    Help us help you:
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375

    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin

    Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand Russell

    The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    killed a great many philosophers.
    ~ Denis Diderot
     
  11. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On May 30, 10:15 am, David <inva...@socrates.edu> wrote:
    > On Sun, 30 May 2010 06:09:35 -0700 (PDT), Jose <jose_e...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >
    > Thank you, Jose.  Your response IS constructive.  And appealing.  The
    > problem is that I am just not smart enough to know what is necessary to
    > analyze and optimize my current system performance and configuration.  I
    > wish I was. As only one example, there are some 50-75 programs in my Start
    > Up file that most of which I have no idea what they are doing, and whether
    > it would be safe for me to disenable them.  That's only one example.  For
    > me to educate myself on all that is necessary to know, I fear, would take
    > much more time than to just wipe the disk and start over.  (But this I am
    > expecting will be bad enough already, as you say.)
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > >Why don't you just fix up what you have?

    >
    > >Guesstimate the time it takes you to create a new XP slipstreamed CD
    > >(and hope it works) or use your SP1 CD (is it a Dell CD or a genuine
    > >Microsoft CD?), backup all your personal data, reformat your drive,
    > >reinstall XP and all your various chipset/motherboard drivers you
    > >acquired since you first got your system, get back on the Internet to
    > >update your Service Pack(s) and then download and install all the
    > >Critical Updates from MS, locate, reinstall and configure all your
    > >application software from scratch and then update all them and finally
    > >restore any personal data you backed up before you started.  Then
    > >spend a day or two or three adjusting and tweaking to get things back
    > >to normal.

    >
    > >Guesstimate about 1 hour to analyze and optimize current your system
    > >performance and configuration (depending on what is going on).

    >
    > >Which is more appealing?

    >
    > >I have never reinstalled XP on this old machine in 6+ years and it
    > >still runs great in spite of my continual abuse and burdening.


    This is not a new issue! It is so un-new, I can just copy/paste
    guidance to get you started. If some part of it not clear in any way,
    let me know so I can change my instructions.


    If you want to fix it yourself, do this:

    Click Start, Run and in the box enter:

    msinfo32

    Click OK, and when the System Summary info appears, click Edit, Select
    All, Copy and then paste back here.

    There would be some personal information (like System Name and User
    Name) or whatever appears to be only your business that you can delete
    from the paste.

    Download and install CCleaner from here:

    http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

    Launch it and save the Startup information to a text file. Click
    Tools, Startup, Save to text file... and save the startup information
    to your desktop (or someplace you can find it) open the file with a
    text editor, select all and paste the contents back here for analysis.

    Uninstall CCleaner later if you don't like it (most people seem to
    like it for it's other features).

    Get the latest CCleaner here:

    http://www.ccleaner.com/

    When you are done, we will be able to see all your startup items and
    help you decide what to keep. I have zero Startup items and maybe you
    can too.

    Right click the Taskbar, choose Task Manager and select the Processes
    tab.

    Click View, Select Columns, check the box that says: Virtual Memory
    Size. Expand the width of the Task Manager by dragging the corners so
    you can see all the columns and processes in one window if possible.

    Double click a column heading in TM to sort by the column. For
    example, sort Task Manager by the CPU or Virtual Memory size column.

    Take a screenshot of what you see in Task Manager (see below for
    instructions).

    To create and email/post/print a screenshot:

    Press the Print Scrn button to copy your entire screen to the Windows
    clipboard.

    Press Alt Print Scrn to copy just the active window to the Windows
    clipboard.

    Open MS Paint:

    Start, Programs, Accessories, Paint

    When Paint opens, press CTRL-V to paste the clipboard, save the new
    Paint file to your desktop or someplace you can remember. JPG files
    take up less hard
    disk space than BMP files and are just as readable.

    Make as many screenshots as you need. Practice makes perfect. Be
    careful your screenshot does not contain any personal information.
    Practice viewing your images before you upload them to be sure they
    are okay.

    Some sites will let you attach a file directly to your post. If the
    site has some kind of attachment/upload function it is usually easiest
    just to use it.

    If there is no such function in your message board to upload files,
    then use a free third party image hosting WWW site.

    Create a free account on some free picture hosting web site. You can
    always remove your account later if you want. Here are some free
    image hosting sites:

    http://www.imageshack.us/
    http://photobucket.com/

    Using your free account, upload your screenshot(s) (the JPG or BMP
    files) to the site and it will return to you a URL web address (a
    Direct Link) for your new image(s) which you can paste the Direct Link
    in a message post, email, etc.

    Post that Direct Link web address back here in your response and we
    can click on the link address and see your screenshot. Post as many
    as you need - the sites are free.

    When you are done, what you post for others to use should look
    something like this:

    http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/6530/taskmanagerv.jpg

    While you are waiting for feedback on your stuff, do this:

    Download, install, update and do a full scan with these free malware
    detection programs:

    Malwarebytes (MBAM): http://malwarebytes.org/
    SUPERAntiSpyware: (SAS): http://www.superantispyware.com/

    They can be uninstalled later if desired.
     
  12. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    David wrote:
    > Thank you for your constructive response, "HeyBub"
    >


    You're welcome.

    I just want to leave the world a better place than I found it.
     
  13. T Shadow

    T Shadow Flightless Bird

    > David wrote:
    >> Thank you for your constructive response, "HeyBub"
    >>

    "HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eisar5FALHA.3840@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>> >No you don't.

    >
    >
    > You're welcome.
    >
    > I just want to leave the world a better place than I found it.


    Go to dictionary.com and look up constructive and sarcasm.
     
  14. David

    David Flightless Bird

    You guys have completely overwhelmed me! Thank you so much for your
    responses! As always, this NG is so knowledgeable and helpful!

    My original intent, for lack of time, was to take the box in to the shop
    and have them do the diskwipe, (while saving the drivers, etc.), and then
    do the XP reinstall. Afterwards I would reinstall the few applications
    myself.

    You all have convinced me that I should first try to clean things up by
    myself. But I still have a serious time problem, and you have just given
    me a month's worth of spare-time homework. Please forgive me if I do not
    respond immediately, because I intend to first fully digest everything that
    you have provided so that I don't do something stupid. You folks are far
    more familiar with all of this than I am.

    I will respond as soon as I can. For now, thank you again!
     
  15. Erwin Moller

    Erwin Moller Flightless Bird

    David schreef:
    > Thank you for your constructive response, "HeyBub"
    >


    David,

    Heybub is wellknown in here for his pisspoor advice.
    You'll find better responses from others. ;-)

    Regards,
    Erwin


    >
    >
    > On Sun, 30 May 2010 07:42:08 -0500, "HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote:
    >
    >> David wrote:
    >>> This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out
    >>> how to search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I
    >>> will be happy to go there.
    >>>
    >>> I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has
    >>> been updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the
    >>> machine is so burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl
    >>> anymore. I need to wipe the disk and re-install XP.

    >> No you don't.
    >>
    >>

    >



    --
    "There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to
    make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the
    other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious
    deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult."
    -- C.A.R. Hoare
     
  16. David

    David Flightless Bird

    For context, my initial OP post, dated 30 May, is at the bottom of this
    post in case it has been lost from your thread. You folks gave me a lot of
    homework, and I have only now gotten far enough along with that to make a
    meaningful response.

    This post is directed primarily at Jose and Daave, who both encouraged me
    to try and fix my existing system rather than to "Diskwipe and Reinstall".
    I don't know whether I am up to this task, but here is an initial thrust:

    First of all, let me say that I feel quite sure that there is no malware
    problem with the system. I have had both McAfee and Webroot SpySweeper
    running for several years now. I know that they are resource hogs, but
    they have kept me out of trouble so far. I will probably take your advice
    though and go with "lighter" products when their subscriptions expire. I
    should note here, however, that the subject system slowdown has happened
    (albeit gradually) long after these two products were initially installed.

    Regarding the DMA/PIO issue, I have attempted to describe it in words but
    finally gave up. There appear to be four combinations of answers, not
    easily described, so I am just including images: (This is my first attempt
    to try to use an image hosting service like this with USENET, so I hope it
    works. If anyone has trouble viewing these, please tell me.)

    http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/9924/primaryidechannel.jpg

    http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/8333/secondaryidechannel.jpg

    If I can presume that I have passed the malware and PIO tests, then here is
    a text file of my msinfo32 file:

    msinfo32 Summary 9 June 2010

    OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Name [Snip]
    System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
    System Model Dimension 4550
    System Type X86-based PC
    Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2657 Mhz
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A03, 11/12/2002
    SMBIOS Version 2.3
    Windows Directory C:/WINDOWS
    System Directory C:/WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512
    (xpsp.080413-2111)"
    User Name [Snip]
    Time Zone SE Asia Standard Time
    Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    Available Physical Memory 58.03 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    Page File Space 1.22 GB
    Page File C:/pagefile.sys

    And here is a text file of my CCleaner startup file:

    Yes HKCU:Run ctfmon.exe "C:/WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe"
    Yes HKLM:Run ATIPTA "C:/Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI
    Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe"
    Yes HKLM:Run Adobe Photo Downloader "C:/Program Files\Photoshop
    Elements\apdproxy.exe"
    Yes HKLM:Run Microsoft Works Portfolio "C:/Program
    Files\Microsoft Works\WksSb.exe" /AllUsers
    Yes HKLM:Run nmctxth "C:/Program Files\Common Files\Pure
    Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe"
    Yes HKLM:Run nmapp "C:/Program Files\Pure Networks\Network
    Magic\nmapp.exe" -autorun -nosplash
    Yes HKLM:Run SunJavaUpdateSched "C:/Program
    Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
    Yes HKLM:Run mcui_exe "C:/Program
    Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe" /runkey
    Yes HKLM:Run WorksFUD "C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    Works\wkfud.exe"
    Yes HKLM:Run SpySweeper "C:/Program
    Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\SpySweeperUI.exe" /startintray
    Yes Startup Common Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk C:/Program
    Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    Yes Startup Common Microsoft Office.lnk C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
    Yes Startup Common Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk C:/Program
    Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe

    (If you are wondering what Pure Networks\Network Magic is, it's a
    "pretty-GUI" network management program for people who aren't very smart
    about networks. That's me.)

    And here is an image of my Task Manager's process tab:

    http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9181/taskmanagere.jpg

    Please note that at your suggestion I have already downloaded and ran
    "Autoruns.exe", and have already disabled a number of items before the
    above taskmanager snapshot was taken. These already appear to have
    increased the processing speed noticeably.

    Also please note that I am not so concerned about the time required for the
    system startup. I am much more concerned about the processing speed once
    startup has completed. Anything you can tell me to help to increase that
    speed will be greatly appreciated.

    Finally, I am attempting to provide you a lot of information above in ways
    that I have never done before, so if some of it doesn't work, or doesn't
    make sense, please tell me and I will try again. Suggestions welcome.

    Thanks again, guys!

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    On Sun, 30 May 2010 11:41:24 +0700, David <invalid@socrates.edu> wrote:

    >This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out how to
    >search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I will be happy
    >to go there.
    >
    >I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has been
    >updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the machine is so
    >burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore. I need to
    >wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >
    >I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell with
    >the purchase.
    >
    >My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the current
    >release version?
    >
    >Thank you very much, in advance.
     
  17. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Assuming you are indeed malware-free and that your hard drive is still
    in the correct mode (DMA), you either need to add more RAM or uninstall
    McAfee and Webroot and go with better replacements. (A Clean Install
    will *not* help you with your performance if you intend to reinstall
    McAfee and Webroot!) I would use Avira AntiVir for your antivirus
    program and MalwareByte's AntiMalware and SUPERAntiSpyware for your
    non-viral anti-malware programs.

    But, again, to determine if you are relying too heavily on your pagefile
    (a definite cause of sluggishness!), open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
    and click the Performance tab. Then note the three values under Commit
    Charge (K): in the lower left-hand corner: Total, Limit, and Peak. (In
    your screen shot, at the bottom, I was able to see Total and Limit. But
    Peak is important, too!)

    The Total figure represents the amount of memory you are using at that
    very moment. The Peak figure represents the highest amount of memory you
    used since last bootup. If both these figures are below the value of
    Physical Memory (K) Total, then you probably have plenty of RAM.
    In case you want to explore this further, you may run Page File Monitor
    for Windows XP:

    http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_pagefilemon.htm



    David wrote:
    > For context, my initial OP post, dated 30 May, is at the bottom of
    > this post in case it has been lost from your thread. You folks gave
    > me a lot of homework, and I have only now gotten far enough along
    > with that to make a meaningful response.
    >
    > This post is directed primarily at Jose and Daave, who both
    > encouraged me to try and fix my existing system rather than to
    > "Diskwipe and Reinstall". I don't know whether I am up to this task,
    > but here is an initial thrust:
    >
    > First of all, let me say that I feel quite sure that there is no
    > malware problem with the system. I have had both McAfee and Webroot
    > SpySweeper running for several years now. I know that they are
    > resource hogs, but they have kept me out of trouble so far. I will
    > probably take your advice though and go with "lighter" products when
    > their subscriptions expire. I should note here, however, that the
    > subject system slowdown has happened (albeit gradually) long after
    > these two products were initially installed.
    >
    > Regarding the DMA/PIO issue, I have attempted to describe it in words
    > but finally gave up. There appear to be four combinations of
    > answers, not easily described, so I am just including images: (This
    > is my first attempt to try to use an image hosting service like this
    > with USENET, so I hope it works. If anyone has trouble viewing
    > these, please tell me.)
    >
    > http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/9924/primaryidechannel.jpg
    >
    > http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/8333/secondaryidechannel.jpg
    >
    > If I can presume that I have passed the malware and PIO tests, then
    > here is a text file of my msinfo32 file:
    >
    > msinfo32 Summary 9 June 2010
    >
    > OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    > Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    > OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    > System Name [Snip]
    > System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
    > System Model Dimension 4550
    > System Type X86-based PC
    > Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2657 Mhz
    > BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A03, 11/12/2002
    > SMBIOS Version 2.3
    > Windows Directory C:/WINDOWS
    > System Directory C:/WINDOWS\system32
    > Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
    > Locale United States
    > Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512
    > (xpsp.080413-2111)"
    > User Name [Snip]
    > Time Zone SE Asia Standard Time
    > Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    > Available Physical Memory 58.03 MB
    > Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    > Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    > Page File Space 1.22 GB
    > Page File C:/pagefile.sys
    >
    > And here is a text file of my CCleaner startup file:
    >
    > Yes HKCU:Run ctfmon.exe "C:/WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe"
    > Yes HKLM:Run ATIPTA "C:/Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI
    > Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe"
    > Yes HKLM:Run Adobe Photo Downloader "C:/Program Files\Photoshop
    > Elements\apdproxy.exe"
    > Yes HKLM:Run Microsoft Works Portfolio "C:/Program
    > Files\Microsoft Works\WksSb.exe" /AllUsers
    > Yes HKLM:Run nmctxth "C:/Program Files\Common Files\Pure
    > Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe"
    > Yes HKLM:Run nmapp "C:/Program Files\Pure Networks\Network
    > Magic\nmapp.exe" -autorun -nosplash
    > Yes HKLM:Run SunJavaUpdateSched "C:/Program
    > Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
    > Yes HKLM:Run mcui_exe "C:/Program
    > Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe" /runkey
    > Yes HKLM:Run WorksFUD "C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    > Works\wkfud.exe"
    > Yes HKLM:Run SpySweeper "C:/Program
    > Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\SpySweeperUI.exe" /startintray
    > Yes Startup Common Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk C:/Program
    > Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    > Yes Startup Common Microsoft Office.lnk C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    > Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
    > Yes Startup Common Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk C:/Program
    > Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
    >
    > (If you are wondering what Pure Networks\Network Magic is, it's a
    > "pretty-GUI" network management program for people who aren't very
    > smart about networks. That's me.)
    >
    > And here is an image of my Task Manager's process tab:
    >
    > http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9181/taskmanagere.jpg
    >
    > Please note that at your suggestion I have already downloaded and ran
    > "Autoruns.exe", and have already disabled a number of items before the
    > above taskmanager snapshot was taken. These already appear to have
    > increased the processing speed noticeably.
    >
    > Also please note that I am not so concerned about the time required
    > for the system startup. I am much more concerned about the
    > processing speed once startup has completed. Anything you can tell
    > me to help to increase that speed will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > Finally, I am attempting to provide you a lot of information above in
    > ways that I have never done before, so if some of it doesn't work, or
    > doesn't make sense, please tell me and I will try again. Suggestions
    > welcome.
    >
    > Thanks again, guys!
    >
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >
    > On Sun, 30 May 2010 11:41:24 +0700, David <invalid@socrates.edu>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out
    >> how to search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I
    >> will be happy to go there.
    >>
    >> I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It
    >> has been updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the
    >> machine is so burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl
    >> anymore. I need to wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >>
    >> I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by
    >> Dell with the purchase.
    >>
    >> My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the
    >> current release version?
    >>
    >> Thank you very much, in advance.
     
  18. Mike S

    Mike S Flightless Bird

    On 6/9/2010 7:50 AM, Daave wrote:
    > Assuming you are indeed malware-free and that your hard drive is still
    > in the correct mode (DMA), you either need to add more RAM or uninstall
    > McAfee and Webroot and go with better replacements. (A Clean Install
    > will *not* help you with your performance if you intend to reinstall
    > McAfee and Webroot!) I would use Avira AntiVir for your antivirus
    > program and MalwareByte's AntiMalware and SUPERAntiSpyware for your
    > non-viral anti-malware programs.
    >
    > But, again, to determine if you are relying too heavily on your pagefile
    > (a definite cause of sluggishness!), open Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del)
    > and click the Performance tab. Then note the three values under Commit
    > Charge (K): in the lower left-hand corner: Total, Limit, and Peak. (In
    > your screen shot, at the bottom, I was able to see Total and Limit. But
    > Peak is important, too!)
    >
    > The Total figure represents the amount of memory you are using at that
    > very moment. The Peak figure represents the highest amount of memory you
    > used since last bootup. If both these figures are below the value of
    > Physical Memory (K) Total, then you probably have plenty of RAM.
    > In case you want to explore this further, you may run Page File Monitor
    > for Windows XP:
    >
    > http://www.dougknox.com/xp/utils/xp_pagefilemon.htm
    >
    >
    >
    > David wrote:
    >> For context, my initial OP post, dated 30 May, is at the bottom of
    >> this post in case it has been lost from your thread. You folks gave
    >> me a lot of homework, and I have only now gotten far enough along
    >> with that to make a meaningful response.
    >>
    >> This post is directed primarily at Jose and Daave, who both
    >> encouraged me to try and fix my existing system rather than to
    >> "Diskwipe and Reinstall". I don't know whether I am up to this task,
    >> but here is an initial thrust:
    >>
    >> First of all, let me say that I feel quite sure that there is no
    >> malware problem with the system. I have had both McAfee and Webroot
    >> SpySweeper running for several years now. I know that they are
    >> resource hogs, but they have kept me out of trouble so far. I will
    >> probably take your advice though and go with "lighter" products when
    >> their subscriptions expire. I should note here, however, that the
    >> subject system slowdown has happened (albeit gradually) long after
    >> these two products were initially installed.
    >>
    >> Regarding the DMA/PIO issue, I have attempted to describe it in words
    >> but finally gave up. There appear to be four combinations of
    >> answers, not easily described, so I am just including images: (This
    >> is my first attempt to try to use an image hosting service like this
    >> with USENET, so I hope it works. If anyone has trouble viewing
    >> these, please tell me.)
    >>
    >> http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/9924/primaryidechannel.jpg
    >>
    >> http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/8333/secondaryidechannel.jpg
    >>
    >> If I can presume that I have passed the malware and PIO tests, then
    >> here is a text file of my msinfo32 file:
    >>
    >> msinfo32 Summary 9 June 2010
    >>
    >> OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    >> Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    >> OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    >> System Name [Snip]
    >> System Manufacturer Dell Computer Corporation
    >> System Model Dimension 4550
    >> System Type X86-based PC
    >> Processor x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2657 Mhz
    >> BIOS Version/Date Dell Computer Corporation A03, 11/12/2002
    >> SMBIOS Version 2.3
    >> Windows Directory C:/WINDOWS
    >> System Directory C:/WINDOWS\system32
    >> Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
    >> Locale United States
    >> Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512
    >> (xpsp.080413-2111)"
    >> User Name [Snip]
    >> Time Zone SE Asia Standard Time
    >> Total Physical Memory 512.00 MB
    >> Available Physical Memory 58.03 MB
    >> Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
    >> Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
    >> Page File Space 1.22 GB
    >> Page File C:/pagefile.sys
    >>
    >> And here is a text file of my CCleaner startup file:
    >>
    >> Yes HKCU:Run ctfmon.exe "C:/WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe"
    >> Yes HKLM:Run ATIPTA "C:/Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI
    >> Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe"
    >> Yes HKLM:Run Adobe Photo Downloader "C:/Program Files\Photoshop
    >> Elements\apdproxy.exe"
    >> Yes HKLM:Run Microsoft Works Portfolio "C:/Program
    >> Files\Microsoft Works\WksSb.exe" /AllUsers
    >> Yes HKLM:Run nmctxth "C:/Program Files\Common Files\Pure
    >> Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe"
    >> Yes HKLM:Run nmapp "C:/Program Files\Pure Networks\Network
    >> Magic\nmapp.exe" -autorun -nosplash
    >> Yes HKLM:Run SunJavaUpdateSched "C:/Program
    >> Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
    >> Yes HKLM:Run mcui_exe "C:/Program
    >> Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe" /runkey
    >> Yes HKLM:Run WorksFUD "C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    >> Works\wkfud.exe"
    >> Yes HKLM:Run SpySweeper "C:/Program
    >> Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\SpySweeperUI.exe" /startintray
    >> Yes Startup Common Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk C:/Program
    >> Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    >> Yes Startup Common Microsoft Office.lnk C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    >> Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
    >> Yes Startup Common Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk C:/Program
    >> Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
    >>
    >> (If you are wondering what Pure Networks\Network Magic is, it's a
    >> "pretty-GUI" network management program for people who aren't very
    >> smart about networks. That's me.)
    >>
    >> And here is an image of my Task Manager's process tab:
    >>
    >> http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9181/taskmanagere.jpg
    >>
    >> Please note that at your suggestion I have already downloaded and ran
    >> "Autoruns.exe", and have already disabled a number of items before the
    >> above taskmanager snapshot was taken. These already appear to have
    >> increased the processing speed noticeably.
    >>
    >> Also please note that I am not so concerned about the time required
    >> for the system startup. I am much more concerned about the
    >> processing speed once startup has completed. Anything you can tell
    >> me to help to increase that speed will be greatly appreciated.
    >>
    >> Finally, I am attempting to provide you a lot of information above in
    >> ways that I have never done before, so if some of it doesn't work, or
    >> doesn't make sense, please tell me and I will try again. Suggestions
    >> welcome.
    >>
    >> Thanks again, guys!
    >>
    >> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >>
    >> On Sun, 30 May 2010 11:41:24 +0700, David<invalid@socrates.edu>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out
    >>> how to search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I
    >>> will be happy to go there.
    >>>
    >>> I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It
    >>> has been updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the
    >>> machine is so burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl
    >>> anymore. I need to wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >>>
    >>> I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by
    >>> Dell with the purchase.
    >>>
    >>> My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the
    >>> current release version?
    >>>
    >>> Thank you very much, in advance.


    You can breathe new life into your system, I would consider the following:
    - get at least 2GB of RAM total
    - remove the items below from the startup
    - if you can *overclock it I would research that so you understand how
    to protect your cpu from overheating while getting more performance out
    of it.
    *http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim4550/specs.htm#1101572
    Intel® Pentium® 4 microprocessor that runs at 1.80, 1.90, 2.0, or 2.20
    GHz internally and 400 MHz externally; or 2.26, 2.4, 2.53, 2.66, 2.8, or
    3.06 GHz internally and 533 MHz externally
    - tell us what kind of video card you have

    You can use Mike Lin Startup cpl if you want a nice gui (it will place a
    new icon "Startup" in the control panel and you can check or uncheck
    startup entries quickly, easily, and reversibly).

    ATIPTA "C:/Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI
    Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe"

    Adobe Photo Downloader "C:/Program Files\Photoshop
    Elements\apdproxy.exe"

    Microsoft Works Portfolio "C:/Program
    Files\Microsoft Works\WksSb.exe" /AllUsers

    nmctxth "C:/Program Files\Common Files\Pure
    Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe"

    nmapp "C:/Program Files\Pure Networks\Network
    Magic\nmapp.exe" -autorun -nosplash

    SunJavaUpdateSched "C:/Program
    Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"

    WorksFUD "C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    Works\wkfud.exe"

    Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk C:/Program
    Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe

    Microsoft Office.lnk C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    Office\Office10\OSA.EXE

    Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk C:/Program
    Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe

    Mike
     
  19. Mike S

    Mike S Flightless Bird

    On 5/29/2010 9:41 PM, David wrote:
    > This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out how to
    > search for it. Apologies. If you can point me to a thread I will be happy
    > to go there.
    >
    > I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with XP Home Edition. It has been
    > updated regularly, so the XP version is current. But the machine is so
    > burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore. I need to
    > wipe the disk and re-install XP.
    >
    > I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell with
    > the purchase.
    >
    > My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the current
    > release version?
    >
    > Thank you very much, in advance.


    RAM discussions you may find interesting:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/itproxpsp/thread/83584c69-a000-42cd-9f16-d40cd69d8011

    http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...PC_Windows_Vista_Capable_barely_hits_the_mark

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080408225454AAwpTgy

    Also visual effects can impact performance

    http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-5030748.html

    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/personalize/performance.mspx
     
  20. Jose

    Jose Flightless Bird

    On Jun 9, 9:30 am, David <inva...@socrates.edu> wrote:
    > For context, my initial OP post, dated 30 May, is at the bottom of this
    > post in case it has been lost from your thread.  You folks gave me a lot of
    > homework, and I have only now gotten far enough along with that to make a
    > meaningful response.
    >
    > This post is directed primarily at Jose and Daave, who both encouraged me
    > to try and fix my existing system rather than to "Diskwipe and Reinstall"..
    > I don't know whether I am up to this task, but here is an initial thrust:
    >
    > First of all, let me say that I feel quite sure that there is no malware
    > problem with the system.  I have had both McAfee and Webroot SpySweeper
    > running for several years now.  I know that they are resource hogs, but
    > they have kept me out of trouble so far.  I will probably take your advice
    > though and go with "lighter" products when their subscriptions expire.  I
    > should note here, however, that the subject system slowdown has happened
    > (albeit gradually) long after these two products were initially installed..
    >
    > Regarding the DMA/PIO issue, I have attempted to describe it in words but
    > finally gave up.  There appear to be four combinations of answers, not
    > easily described, so I am just including images:  (This is my first attempt
    > to try to use an image hosting service like this with USENET, so I hope it
    > works.  If anyone has trouble viewing these, please tell me.)
    >
    > http://img295.imageshack.us/img295/9924/primaryidechannel.jpg
    >
    > http://img693.imageshack.us/img693/8333/secondaryidechannel.jpg
    >
    > If I can presume that I have passed the malware and PIO tests, then here is
    > a text file of my msinfo32 file:
    >
    > msinfo32   Summary    9 June 2010
    >
    > OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    > Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
    > OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    > System Name     [Snip]
    > System Manufacturer     Dell Computer Corporation
    > System Model    Dimension 4550
    > System Type     X86-based PC
    > Processor       x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 7 GenuineIntel ~2657Mhz
    > BIOS Version/Date       Dell Computer Corporation A03, 11/12/2002
    > SMBIOS Version  2.3
    > Windows Directory       C:/WINDOWS
    > System Directory        C:/WINDOWS\system32
    > Boot Device     \Device\HarddiskVolume2
    > Locale  United States
    > Hardware Abstraction Layer      Version = "5.1.2600.5512
    > (xpsp.080413-2111)"
    > User Name       [Snip]
    > Time Zone       SE Asia Standard Time
    > Total Physical Memory   512.00 MB
    > Available Physical Memory       58.03 MB
    > Total Virtual Memory    2.00 GB
    > Available Virtual Memory        1.96 GB
    > Page File Space 1.22 GB
    > Page File       C:/pagefile.sys
    >
    > And here is a text file of my CCleaner startup file:
    >
    > Yes     HKCU:Run        ctfmon.exe      "C:/WINDOWS\system32\ctfmon.exe"
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        ATIPTA  "C:/Program Files\ATI Technologies\ATI
    > Control Panel\atiptaxx.exe"
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        Adobe Photo Downloader  "C:/ProgramFiles\Photoshop
    > Elements\apdproxy.exe"
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        Microsoft Works Portfolio      "C:/Program
    > Files\Microsoft Works\WksSb.exe" /AllUsers
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        nmctxth "C:/Program Files\Common Files\Pure
    > Networks Shared\Platform\nmctxth.exe"
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        nmapp   "C:/Program Files\Pure Networks\Network
    > Magic\nmapp.exe" -autorun -nosplash
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        SunJavaUpdateSched      "C:/Program
    > Files\Java\jre6\bin\jusched.exe"
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        mcui_exe        "C:/Program
    > Files\McAfee.com\Agent\mcagent.exe" /runkey
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        WorksFUD        "C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    > Works\wkfud.exe"
    > Yes     HKLM:Run        SpySweeper      "C:/Program
    > Files\Webroot\WebrootSecurity\SpySweeperUI.exe" /startintray
    > Yes     Startup Common  Adobe Reader Speed Launch.lnk   C:/Program
    > Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Reader\reader_sl.exe
    > Yes     Startup Common  Microsoft Office.lnk    C:/Program Files\Microsoft
    > Office\Office10\OSA.EXE
    > Yes     Startup Common  Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders.lnk  C:/Program
    > Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Works Shared\wkcalrem.exe
    >
    > (If you are wondering what Pure Networks\Network Magic is, it's a
    > "pretty-GUI" network management program for people who aren't very smart
    > about networks. That's me.)
    >
    > And here is an image of my Task Manager's process tab:
    >
    > http://img441.imageshack.us/img441/9181/taskmanagere.jpg
    >
    > Please note that at your suggestion I have already downloaded and ran
    > "Autoruns.exe", and have already disabled a number of items before the
    > above taskmanager snapshot was taken.  These already appear to have
    > increased the processing speed noticeably.
    >
    > Also please note that I am not so concerned about the time required for the
    > system startup.  I am much more concerned about the processing speed once
    > startup has completed.  Anything you can tell me to help to increase that
    > speed will be greatly appreciated.
    >
    > Finally, I am attempting to provide you a lot of information above in ways
    > that I have never done before, so if some of it doesn't work, or doesn't
    > make sense, please tell me and I will try again.  Suggestions welcome.
    >
    > Thanks again, guys!
    >
    > ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    >
    >
    >
    > On Sun, 30 May 2010 11:41:24 +0700, David <inva...@socrates.edu> wrote:
    > >This question has probably been asked before, but I can't figure out howto
    > >search for it.  Apologies.  If you can point me to a thread I will be happy
    > >to go there.

    >
    > >I have an old Dell PC,( vintage 2003), with  XP Home Edition.  It has been
    > >updated regularly, so the XP version is current.  But the machine is so
    > >burdened with junk software that it can barely crawl anymore.  I need to
    > >wipe the disk and re-install XP.

    >
    > >I have the original SP-1 reinstallation disk that was provided by Dell with
    > >the purchase.

    >
    > >My question: What is the best way to bring the re-install up to the current
    > >release version?

    >
    > >Thank you very much, in advance.


    That is all very good information.

    You can see from TM where your Virtual Memory is going (at least you
    do not have the Spybot Teatimer!), but if you are not getting the
    infomational message that XP s increasing the size of your paging file
    (are you?) then XP would seem to be happy. If you have some $$$, get
    a meg or two, but you have more than me so I am jealous.

    You do have some things running you probably do not need. The good
    part is, you can now use CCleaner to just disable the startup items,
    reboot and see how things look. I have zero startup items, but
    sometimes you need to have some depending on your situation and the
    way you like to operate.

    Disabling things does not uninstall things. If you reboot and
    something is not right, reenable the item and reboot.

    Before disabling things you may want to research them a bit and see
    what they do and if they help or hurt your perfomance.

    Right away I would disable:

    ctfmon (read about it and see if you ever use it - probably not).

    reader_sl.exe (Adobe Speed Launcher installs automatically when you
    install their reader - boo!)

    jusched.exe (the Java updater) I usually see disabling this shave
    15-30+ seconds off a reboot time and you can still update Java when I
    feel like it and I see no degradation in any WWW page performance (and
    I measure carefully). It is a reboot/startup pig.

    That McAfee stuff gives me the creeps. I don't like McAfee personally
    and don't remember if it installs Services along with those startup
    items, but you can see from Task Manager it is a virtual memory hog.
    I am not going to install McAfee to find out either, but you can
    disable them temporarily and see how things look after a reboot.

    Ditto on SpySweeper - don't know how it will effect your day to day
    stuff, disable it, reboot and see.

    I have no kind of real time protection for the Internet by choice - it
    slows me down and I don't go places I am likely to pick up anything -
    unless I do it on purpose for testing. That bare naked environment
    may not be right for you, but the more protection you have going on,
    the slower things are going to be - but better performance comes with
    some risk for some folks. More protection is not always good - you
    can overdo things by applying too many layers (this happens a lot).

    I don't recall if you can disable just parts of McAfee or not - you
    probably do not want it scanning emails for example or all your
    Internet traffic, etc. You will have to look at the options or
    somebody else can tell you more about it. It may do "everything" on a
    default install.. You can certainly disable it all right now, reboot
    and browse the Internet intelligently and safely and test your usual
    activities you like to do and maybe you will say - wow, this is great
    but I feel too vulnerable and will pay the penalty in performance for
    more protection.

    With CClearner you can disable everything and turn them back on one at
    a time, or turn them off one at a time (I would definitely turn off
    the 3 I mentioned before).

    Some things I do not recognize, but you probably do and you can
    disable them, reboot and enable them again and take a look at things
    now.

    Now you know how to look at your Task Manager a bit and see what
    effects the changes have (this is good to know).

    You can post screen shots now too - this is a big help so we are not
    guessing what is going on.

    You have the tools now to start adjusting things. Make some changes,
    see how it goes and come back with results, problems, questions...

    When you get settled down with some adjustments, we can take a look at
    your XP Services - waayyyyy too many probably.
     

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