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I have a Dell Vostro 200
4GB Ram
Windows XP Pro

I have done the following and the thing is still slow as a turtle or even slower.
Have Max Ram Support 4GB
Have defragmented drive
Have scanned disk
Have ran disk cleanup
System uses Uniblue 2011 for optimization etc

Anything else anyone can recommend.  It is a business computer and don't really want to format and re-install everything.  

Thanks.
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Go to PCCleaningguide.com and click on the windows XP/Vista Guide, follow the steps it'll help you clean your PC and speed it up.
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have you examined running processes in taskmanager to see if anything is taking up processor time?

Have you ran malware checks? malwarebytes, combofix, etc?

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I have ran malwarebytes and no problems with malware, I have also ran Kaspersky Internet Security Suite and no problems.

I have not looked at task manager but will do so now.

Thanks and will post how I make out.

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Check the System and Application event logs for errors.
XP Pro can't take full advantage of 4GB, due to the limitations of the 32-bit address space it utilizes. You may want to consider upgrading to 64-bit Windows 7 or Vista (preferably Windows 7).
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can you be more specific on the "slow" ?  when it is slow?  at boot, , opening applications , or always ?

some things to check :
-are CPU and ram identified correct in bios and windows ?
-you scanned disk -  with what ?   diag or chkdsk ?  any bad sectors found?   post ffree disk space and disk size also
-can it be overheating, and clocking down the cpu ?   install speedfan to monitor the temps : http://www.almico.com/speedfan.php

check if your disk runs in DMA mode -not PIO :  http://winhlp.com/node/10      
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you can also disable programs at startup with msconfig:
in run box, type msconfig+ enter
in startup tab, clcik disable all - reboot and test

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Go to
Start Menu /Control Panel /Add or remove Programs
Check what anti virus programs have been installed.
 If there is more than one anti virus program installed the conflict at Start up can slow things considerably.
Remove as necessary to ensure there is only one anti virus program.
If you are running AVG Free:-
Oopen this Start Menu/ all Programs/ AVG/ AVG User Interface/ Scan Options/ Manage Sceduled Scans/ Edit Scan Schedule/
Make sure Run on Computer StartUp is NOT checked and also that Run on Computer StartUp if Task has been missed is not checked.
If the full scan is running on your system at every start up then other processes are soooooooo slow.

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Update,

Here is what else I have tried:
MSConfig and unchecked everything
Followed youngrmy: instructions.
Checked for multiple anti-virus
Scanned for malware and virus issues.  non found
Performed a scan disk repair
Disk Cleanup
Disk Defragment
Ran uniblue 2011

System is still slow.
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>>  can you be more specific on the "slow" ?  when it is slow?  at boot, , opening applications , or always ?   <<   can you give details?  there are hundreds of possibilities

did you check DMA mode? or not?
answer to all questions please

 
The whole process of starting up, running application and generally just running.

Here is what I have done and system is now working.

I went into Safe-Mode and performed a full backup using easeus.com.  It took about 5 hours but did complete.

I then put in a new had drive and installed operating system.  I then installed easeus.com backup and did a full hard drive partition recovery.

It only took about 1/2 hour for it to perform.  System rebooted and seems to run perfect so far.  Possible old hard drive problem is what I am assuming.

Anyhow that is what I did and it is now working.

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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for WrightNetDesigns's comment http:/Q_27431998.html#37095104

for the following reason:

Working

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Working
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i wonder why you post a question, and then don't try what is suggested...or even answer it..
but have it your way..

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Well nobus,

I did forget to mention I did check the DMA Mode.  I made changes and I am sure that is what helped in resolving the issue.

I apologize for not mentioning that.

Thanks,
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then why am i not gratified with some points for it ?

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Well I selected 500 and rated A plus so you tell me.
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there must be something going wrong somewhere - i see no sign of it, may be you can try again, or request attention to correct it?
Re-opened, 500 points added, starting the 'accept and award points' process.

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tx - very starnge what happened..

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