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    Computer is a slug

    I had just a few minutes to inspect my sister's computer over the weekend. She's running W95 (sorry--don't know which version) on a Compaq Pentium something or other. I do know she has a whopping 14 MB of RAM (yes, 14 MB--an odd number to be sure). This machine has just 250 MB of space available on a pathetically-small 1.5 GB hard drive. Of course, she could enjoy vastly improved performance with a bigger HDD and, of course, 32 or 64 MB RAM. Short of those obvious remedies, she needs to delete stuff she doesn't need: tmp files, for example, and of course any unnecessary applications, superfluous fonts, etc.. She has three instances of AOL: AOL 2.5, 2.5A, and 3.0. I looked in Add/Remove programs and found zero listings for AOL. Now what? Certainly she could go to Windows Explorer and just zap those AOL folders, but what kind of trouble might she encounter?

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    Re: Computer is a slug

    Sounds like its been running for 6 years without any kind of maintenance... poor you, (and her)...

    Also sounds like the best remedy for you would be to A.) go on a deletion spree. B.) Reformat the HD and start over, or C.) Scrap that paperweight and get a new machine!

    A is likely your best option. Because B will result in a total loss of 6 years worth of accumulated stuff, some of which she likely wants to keep, and C, while desireable, is likely out of your (or her) budget.

    So, you'll want to remove anything not worth while in the C:Program Files directory, and go from there. It'll take a full day to get it back up to speed. Next, run MSconfig to ensure that nothing is referencing deleted files.

    The AOL versions are old, so they won't be taking over your system when you try to delete them, I don't think... If she's still paying for AOL, suggest an alternative, Earthlink is good, so is Prodigy.. anything that has local access and doesn't cost $21.95 a month to use.

    Once you feel you've removed everything, you should use the machine for a while to ensure that no errors are present. Also, Scandisk and Defrag. These steps will ensure that the system is in tip top shape when she uses it again.

    The thing you can't do much about is the condition of the registry, but one of our other regular gurus may be able to advise you in that arena? Anyone?

    I hope this helps!
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    Re: Computer is a slug

    Quite agree Drk delete everything that looks like it's not needed. Then download WinOptimizer 2000 free trial and it will sort out the registry for you. It gets rid of the items in the registry that don't have any applications attached. It can also help with the hard disk. Get it from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://ashampoo.comproducts/0006/>http://ashampoo.comproducts/0006/</A> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

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    Re: Computer is a slug

    Thanks, folks, for the good advice. Unfortunately, I live too far from my sis to do her much good, but next chance I have I'll do as you recommend. I used to have a 486/75 Pack Bell that worked faster than my sister's machine! I'm sure I can do some good things with what she has. Thanks again.

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    Re: Computer is a slug

    One last suggestion, Norton CleanSweep will help with both deletion & registry cleanup. It is not free, but fairly inexpensive, and worth the price, especially for the maintanence of a machine like your sister's.

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    Re: Computer is a slug

    I could think of one other less obvious thing that may help on the disk space issue. Set the swap file's minimum and maximum size to the same thing, which will prevent it from growing and sucknig up every last drop of space on what's left of the HD.

    If nothing else set an upper limit on its size, so it can't grow. But setting both numbers to the same value has the added benefit of preventing Windows from resizing it and thrashing the hard drive.
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