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How do i make a really slow computer fast?

My friend is giving me his old dell, its a nice computer but need some work. Its super slow how do i make it back to its normal state without reinstalling xp on it? Thanks in advance!

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30 Responses to “How do i make a really slow computer fast?”

  1. Justin said :

    Download and run CCleaner it’s free.
    Buy more memory.

  2. Brooke said :

    adding ram always helps

  3. chillypepper said :

    Ok. Take off any website or thing(s) that were downloaded but not needed on your computer. I hope that helps you.

  4. corpse_of_a_flower said :

    Call the company and pay for high speed internet

  5. jim said :

    Drop it out of an airplane

  6. mu said :

    throw it out of a high building and it will be faster.


    Add more ram like 2 gb or more this will definitely speed it up you have to spend some money though.

  8. NeverShoutBeth! said :

    it gona cost you $30 bucks but it worked for me and my computer is lightspeed fast , go to

  9. Ò߀∂†¡ƒµ∫ ß∂߀ said :

    Send it to a marathon.
    No seriously, just upgrade or reinstall. Not much else to do.

  10. Tom said :

    defragment your hard drive

  11. Kenny said :

    Completely restore it to get rid of all his junk files
    Limit the processes in the “background” of the comp

  12. Ashley said :

    Erase all of the things he/shes downloaded. it should get rid of whatever is making your computer run anything but perfect!

  13. Steven said :

    Scan it and check for viruses if it has viruses, remove them if you can. Delete all the crap and all the programs which you don’t need. If that doesn’t work I guess you are gunno have to re-install it.

  14. McKay said :

    Uninstall all unnecessary programs through the add or remove programs tool.

    However, to get any real change, you will need to format and reinstall windows.

    You might need to purchase some additional RAM, as well.

    Do yourself a favor and take it to a PC doctor. You will be grateful you did!

  15. D¢ gon Give it to Ya said :

    Buy some upgrades for it. You can make a slow computer fast buy getting a smaller hard drive as your main drive(the one windows is installed on) upgrade the ram, video card, and keep the computer with minimal amounts of programs on it.

  16. Grace said :

    I would delete everything on it. if anything is meaningful, put it on a thumb drive

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  18. lifequestions said :

    delete some stuff like games you dont play anymore or programs you dont use or need by going to control panel and going to add or remove programs
    also if you have a dell you could take the side off of the computer and use a vacum cleaner or pressured air in a can and clean the dust from the fan area in the back. you could also try running your security program and virus scan to delete any viruses you may have that make your computer slow

  19. Marvin said :

    Why do people post questions like this:

    “I want to get a result but I don’t want to do the only thing that will work – can your help?”

    Add more RAM and Reinstall XP.

  20. Winson said :

    Make sure don’t run too many program on ur computer. ex: anti-virus any unwanted program. free your hard drive keep some space. Format your computer fresh and make sure you update ur driver up to date.

  21. R@ND@ said :

    1st:u can buy a new hard disk for ur computer with more space
    2nd:remove the heavy and unnecessary programs
    3rd:u can buy a new fast computer 🙂

  22. koopa_allen said :

    ok yes you can add ram but if you don’t want to spend money then Remove Programs you don’t use Run defragmenter and can clear the prefetch

    to clear the prefetch file click start and then Look for RUN and enter prefetch and all the little stuff you see in the folder Delete it Empty the recycling bin

    to use disk defragmeter Click Start button Go to my computer click One of your hard drives and then right click it go to properties and then look for i think its called tools and click disk defregmation

  23. MonkeyMan said :

    2 steps you can do:
    -Rite click on MyComputer icon-Property-Advanced and click Start up and Recovery to reset time to Zero.
    -Click start-Run and type: msconfig.exe in open box then Click Sart up tag to Disable all check box..Apply-ok and reboot your pc.
    Good luck.

  24. Takisha said :

    1) delete any and all data you don’t want/need
    2) upgrade the hard drive to one that has higher RPM and more data capacity
    3) defrag
    4) do a virus check
    5) add RAM
    6) upgrade the graphics card
    This will turn out to be quite a project, I believe you’ll find. Depending on the model of the Dell, it may or may not be cheaper to buy a new computer (if the cost of the parts is more than the cost that one of these computers is going for these days on ebay, craigslist or anywhere else; then buy a new one).

  25. Rain Girl said :

    You can use a registry cleaner to clean up your computer and then make your computer faster,Why?the reason is that there may be some registry errors and remnant,corrupt files and temp files in your computer to cause “computer slow”.
    Every time you install and uninstall software on your computer and surfing online you create junk in the computer registry.over time, the registry can grow to enormous proportions, especially if the various programs you’ve installed do not do a good job of deleting and/or updating it’s Registry entries.You need to scan and clean your computer with registry cleaner to make it fast.Good Registry Cleaner will improve your computer and Internet performance dramatically!
    There are some comparison and review of TOP 5 registry cleaners.
    You can download and scan your computer for free.

  26. History said :

    Microsoft Registry Problems = Slow Computer!
    Clean windows registry means faster PC performance. The registry is one of the most valuable sections of your PC. This is where important information and directories relating to installed software, hardware, temporary files downloaded from the Internet, created documents and folders, and other minor and minor applications are stored.
    Over time, you install new programs, uninstalled unimportant programs, update software’s, install new devices, download files from the web, etcetera, hence embarking all records in the registry system. This is normal, but it is not wise to leave it untouched. Once in a while, you have to check and remove files that are no longer in use to maintain the speed of your PC.

  27. Table said :

    Go to
    You can safely clean, repair and optimize your computer.
    It will help improve your system performance without expensive hardware upgrades.

  28. Eunice said :

    Can you remember the last time you cleaned and optimized your registry? This is a frequent cause of your computer becoming slow. Like a car that needs to go to the mechanic for fine tuning, in order to maintain computer performance you need an occasional tune up yourself. The best way to do this is by downloading a registry cleaner. You can get my favorite at:

  29. Peacemaker said :

    First, backup all your data to an external medium.

    Then, if you have no hardware problems, do this:

    (1) Run a FULL anti-virus scan with a good virus scanner. Get free editions of Avast or Antivir. Use the latest virus definitions file. But don’t install or run more than one anti-virus at the same time.

    (2) Run anti-spyware scans with Super Anti-spyware and malwarebytes free editions.

    (3) Ensure all Microsoft security updates are applied.

    (4) Run disk cleanup to delete old temp files and other junk

    (5a) Run chkdsk once to scan for file system errors.

    (5b) Run a thorough disk defrag. Use a good defragmenter for this, and also run a boot-time defrag to fix the MFT and page file if they are fragmented. Check out Diskeeper 2009, which is widely acknowledged to be the best defragger around. Their website has free 30-day trial versions.

    (6) Disable unnecessary background processes and services that take up memory.

    (7) Make sure all the hardware components have the latest and most stable drivers. Video card performance in particular is strongly dependent on drivers.

    You do not need to clean out the registry or mess with the registry in ANY way whatsoever. Deleting a wrong key from the registry can damage your operating system.

    Good Luck!

  30. Dev Smart said :

    do the following things,
    1) Clear you cache
    2) Delete Temp Files
    3) Install Light Any Virus
    4) Increase RAM


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