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I am not very computer tech literate. I bought my compaq presario 2000 about two years ago (sys info below). It has always run very slow. I did take off the Norton Security, which seemed part of the problem early on.
I use it primarily for writing and use the internet a lot for searching. For security it has AVAST, no extra programs, or anything I can figure would slow it down. I defrag it regularly and delet the temp files and browsing history often.
Occasionally it will hang when turning off the computer. Otherwise it runs, but so slowly it becomes a major problem going from one window to another, checking email, or using the internet.
I have an old compaq that runs on win 98 and is faster than this v2000. What can be done to improve its speed?
Thanks for any help.

System Info (removed the user name and full model ID for security:


OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name
System Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard
System Model Presario V2000
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 36 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~1794 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Hewlett-Packard F.26, 5/25/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.31
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name Z
Time Zone Eastern Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 1,024.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 384.57 MB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 2.12 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys
 

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You're on the right track... Norton is a resource hog, deleting files, and defragmenting are all ways to improve your situation. I will also add the typical, "add more ram," comment, assuming you can. Also, some other ways include upgrading your CPU (if possible), upgrading your hard drive (if possible), have less services / programs start when your computer starts, put your graphics settings to the lowest possible settings, and even do a virus scan (since they can be eating away valuable resources, even if they are minor infections). There's lots more ways, just go onto google and look up "pc tune up" for more ideas :)
 
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