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stylemakers asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-14
I downloaded a while back Office 2003 because my computer was running at snail speed, and I was told I needed to update to 2003 office and I did. But slowly but surely it is running at snail speed again. Plus other issues now. Like I use to be able to send e-mails and I'd start to type in a name and a list would come upi, not any longer. I go to open Microsoft 2003 office and it takes a long time. To send things takes long now. Everything is again running at snail spped. Please help me try to find why it is doing this. It is very frustrating. I have cable.

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START > RUN > type msconfig and check how many startup
START > RUN > type service.msc and check any suspicous programs that you might not know about

If there is any program that you might think spyware, virus, etc. post here.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineer

In any Office application click on the Help Menu, select Detect and Repair.
This often repairs problems with your installation.
You'll need your Office 2003 CD when prompted to insert it.

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Hi I tried the solutions and not nothing has changed, so I will try the general advise pg. to see if this helps
Thanks anyways

You might want to run Task Manager (Ctrl-Shft-Esc), click on the Performance tab, and see if the CPU is busy even when you're not doing anything. If it is, then, click on the "Processes" tab, then click on the CPU column heading twice to sort by CPU order and see which process is using most of the time. Let us know.

If CPU is not busy then check your disk free space. A minimum of 1 GB should be kept free at all times, preferably more.

If disk space not a problem then use Windows Explorer to locate this folder:

 C:\Documents and Settings\<Username>\Local Settings\Temp

and delete everything from there (or as many things as you can)
<Username> is the name under which you normally log in.


stylemakers, ders so many possible error occured in ur pc, 1. virus or spywares infected? 2. more applications running as a background, 3. some appluications corrupted 4. ur RAM have a problem also/ maybe a hardware conflict. try to isolate this things to ur pc. But if no important files to be done, y don't u try to reformat ur hardrive.


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Bottom line.  your system needs a tune up.  Delete all Cookies, all temp files, all temporary internet files and cache, all history files.  This can be done through IE7 rigth from the tools option.  Then check the icon tray, do you have alot of applications running in the background.  Right click on them and go into their properties and preferences and turn them off from start up.  Then go to add remove programs and delete any applications that you do not run or use.  Also, make sure MS Office is not always running in the background.  This application will drag a system down.  Same way to turn that off, find the icon on the icon tray.
When all is done, run MSCONFIG and go into the startup tab and uncheck all entries that are not needed at startup.  Mostly all of them except for an antivirus software.
Then run all windows updates and make sure your antivirus is updated and a full virus scan performed.
You can also increase perfromance over appearance through the windows properties, but take care of the previous items first and let me know how you make out.
This will speed it up considerably.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineer

After you've followed pratigan's excellent advice:

Run defrag.

Run System File Checker to restore and repair all Windows files.
Start > Run > Type "sfc /scannow" without the quotes. There's a space before the /.
Click OK.
Have your Windows CD ready to insert if prompted when repair is necessary.

If SFC doesn't fix the problem:

Repair installation of Windows.
This leaves all your programs and data intact while reinstalling Windows.
Full instructions on how to do this are here:

Back up your data first, just in case!

same as the other responses..... I'm interested in the outcome.

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