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Hello, I'm having a rather irritating problem:

  Internet Explorer (5.5) takes *AGES* to start if run by typing a URL in the start/run box.
Further more, once it eventually does start, it frequently freezes up and crashes (taking down other applications with it sometimes), I've noticed this happening with a lot of applications recently, such as MSN Messenger. Sometimes when IE doesn't start, it says something along the lines of "<URL I typed>: Windows could not communicate with the application".

  This problem affects file browsing infrequently, although I don't see why it doesn't affect it more. Everything seems to be crashing recently, from Winamp to my virus scanner!

  I'm running WinME on an Intel P3 700MHz, 128MB of ram, a dedicated 10 Gig drive for virtual memory (windows manages the virtual mem file, and doesnt really use much - about 136MB) and over 60Gigs of storage space for normal files.

 I've run a full virus scan (the virus scanner crashed a few times while it was in the middle of the scanning process), defragged all drives and run disk cleanup.

 Windows ME has always been slower than Win98SE which i used to use, but it was never like this before...

 I'm unsure about installing SP1 because the last time I did so, I think it crashed more... although it was only IE, and not the rest of windows. Got any ideas?
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IE 5.5 sp1 is really important, apply that from WindowsUpdate, as well as the newest version of MSN Messenger.  Numerous bugs were fixed.  Also, highly recommend that you clear your browser's cache (temporary internet files, history files) and reboot to run maintenance (scandisk/defrag), then update.

Minimize the amount of applications you run in the background to improve performance until we can isolate the problem.  What recently changed?

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Good good good - I installed SP1 and IE is running slightly faster and crashing less :) there are a few annoying glitches, but I should be able to figure those out myself. thanks for your help, and sorry for the delay in rating.
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Thanks for your response.  Feel free to post back here with related finding, I'll do what I can to help you through it.  I think that you'll find what I've found to be true as well.   Peformance is always improved by keeping system maintained (clear the browser's cache/history files/temporary internet files), run maintenance (cleanup/scandisk/defrag).  Clearly, the less concurrent applications running, the better the performance.  Opening multiple browser windows also has impact.  I've done this, and it's improved my performance.

Within IE 5.5 - tools - internet options - general -
changed my history retention to only 2 days, due to volumes, and clear my temporary internet files often.  Also within that tab, for temporary internet files, settings, I've changed it from "automatic" to "each visit to the page" so that IE doesn't refresh pages I don't need.  Then on the Advanced tab - browsing - I check to reuse windows, since I don't feel that multiple open windows serve me, and it saves resources.

Many of these customization settings have a direct impact from what I've seen.

Best wishes,
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Yes, I must say I'm not really a big user of windows... I tend to roll towards Linux and unix most of the time.

I keep temporary internet files at a very low level, and history files aren't kept at all - and when they are, they're deleted by a program that runs when I log in. Recently, I've been using opera for browsing ;-)
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