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I have noticed my laptop getting slower doing certain things, a few months ago it would take about 45 mins to convert a dvd to mp4 using a program of mine, now it takes 3 1/2 hrs. I have deleted all my temp files etc, there doesn't seem to be an application that is starving the processor power, anyone got any ideas. I have a 1.6 ghz centrino laptop running XP, 500mb memory, 80 gb hard drive.
 

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When you say "deleted all my temp files, etc" how?

There are several built-in tools to use to clean hard drive space:

  • Disk Cleanup in the System Tools folder (which includes deleting temp files), just do NOT clean compressed files
  • Internet Options, [Delete Files] to clean the Internet Cache **suspect this may be your main problem**
  • Control Panel, Add/Remove Programs, JAVA entries (if they exist), see comment below
You should be using #1 & 2 as part of a software maintenance routine.

JAVA in Add/Remove Programs: For whatever reason if you are using Sun JAVA and you keep it up-to-date, the update is ADDED. JAVA updates do not overwrite the older versions so you can end up with gigabytes of hard drive space being used for old (no longer needed) versions of JAVA. You should keep only the latest version, and uninstall the older ones.

No longer needed Win Update backup files: When you use Win Update, it makes backups of the files changed so you can remove/uninstall the update if need be. But if the update has been working without a problem for a period (I use 6mths) you are unlikely to uninstall it, so you do not need the backup files. You do want to remove the backups BUT YOU WANT WIN UPDATE TO SEE THE UPDATE AS BEING INSTALLED.

There is a nice and safe 3rd party tool to do this; Update Cleanup Utility (shareware) and worth every penny. See the screenshot. It removes the update backup files, removes the entry in Add/Remove Programs, BUT leaves the Update Logs as is so Win Update sees them installed.

By the way, IF you install SP3 you'll note that all your SP2 Update entries disappear in Add/Remove Programs.
 

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I have used the tools mentioned and also downloaded and used CCleaner, it still doesn't work any faster, most of the files were removed with win clear.
Wondering if i need to upgrade my memory?
 

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You could try reseating your memory. Straight in and out, blowing any dust away
Run off mains power, to negate the battery as being faulty.
Try updating or changing your burning software and cleaning your DVD with a cleaning disk.

Have you installed any programs lately that are memory intensive?
Have you disabled all the crap in Startup?
 
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