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I am using an assembled PC with P4, 1.6ghz, and 128MB RD RAM, Windows 2000 Professional, 40 GB HDD (C: 4 GB, D: 35 GB). The problems with my PC are that:

  • If I download some software from the Net or have continuously worked for more than two-three hours, the system does not shut down properly. I have to press the reset button.

  • When I double click on desktop icons, the folders open very slowly. Also, my PC is not as fast as it should be with P4.

  • The system hangs when I open two pictures in Internet Explorer simultaneously.

  • My multimedia voice like winamp do not work if I use the PC continuously for some time.

    Are these problems cropping up because my HDD has not been partitioned right? Also, I have loaded many types of software that I hardly use. Please suggest solutions for all these problems.

    Gaurav Sharma

    There is nothing wrong with your disk partition pattern. It must either be a disk access problem or a system problem, or both.

    Whenever you install software, it will make entries in the registry and system files and copy files into system directory. As the registry grows in size, the system becomes slower (comparatively), more so if the registry has entries about programs which do not exist or have been simply deleted. Whenever you want to uninstall software, you will have to do it using the add/remove icon in the control panel or using the uninstaller given by the software.

    If you delete the program directory directly, the entries in the registry and files in the system directory don't get removed, leading to unnecessary entries left in the registry, making the registry unnecessarily big. Also, please see that you do not have unwanted services running which again will slow down your system as every service running will take up some memory and process time to run. You can press the Shift + Ctrl + Esc buttons all at the same time to have the task manager. Click on the `Process' tab, there you can see what processes are running and the CPU time taken by them.

    Please check if any unwanted programs are taking up a lot of CPU time. It would be better if you have at least 200 MB of free space in your C: drive. You can also install some third-party software like the system mechanics which will tweak your system to perform well by helping you remove unwanted start-up programs and services and remove broken shortcuts. It also deletes unwanted .dll files and registry entries. Here are some URLs from where you can get such software: http://www.geocities.com/the_sockman1

    /freewaresysutils.html,

    http://www.wugnet.com/shareware/spow.asp?ID=235 http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_description/0,fid,6522,00.asp

    Solution by G. Rajah

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