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some programs seem to be taking extra time to load

By WPN
Feb 21, 2004
  1. Windows XP.....Recently some programs seem to be taking much longer to load, once loaded, if I close and return later, they load very quickly. Should not be a memory problem with a GB of RAM installed and processor is Intel 1.8 Ghz. Start menu is almost empty, and nothing unusual running in the background that I can see.
    WPN
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    When did you do your last "Spring Cleaning" on that PC?
    Empty the Recycle Bin, your temp. internet files, your Temp directory, run Chkdsk and Defrag.

    Your HD is clogged up, not your memory (your PC's I mean)
     
  3. WPN

    WPN TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    reply

    defrag etc done.....cookies, history etc done daily. HD less than 30% filled. Updates from MS up to date.
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Once a program has been loaded and quit again, the next time is always faster, because parts are still in memory.

    Do you still have that problem?
    Have you by any chance installed Norton AV or IS? They are known memory- and resource-hoggers. The only way to overcome Norton's sluggishness is to completely uninstall it and replace it with more sensible software (e.g. McAfee).
     
  5. WPN

    WPN TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Norton might be the problem as I noticed a few live update's ago that something was different with the system, but then it seemed to correct itself. I did not find that McAfee worked as well when I had it.
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    McAfee's latest has been greatly improved compared to previous versions. However it is always your choice, what you install on your PC.

    But Norton is definitely your slow-downer.
     
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