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Programs running slow on Server 2003... Compatibility

I'm a musician running software on a server with MS 2003.  The computer crashed frequently when I use this drum plug in.   Few of the software companies designed products with Server 2003 in mind; however, for the most part, they work fine.  Still, the problems I run into could stem from a compatibility issue.

I'm wondering if there's anything I can do (e.g. defragmentation, which I've never done for fear of messing things up, CCleaner, virus check, etc. etc).
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
How much memory is installed in the computer?  You might get better performance simply by adding some more RAM.

Defrag and virus check wouldn't mess anything up.
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
8 Gigs of RAM but only 4 showing up on Everest.   Ugh....   I'll defrag.... What's the best way to do this?   And is there a good memory diagnostic program?
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
Should have asked this before...32-bit or 64-bit operating system?  

To defrag...Start--->All Programs--->Accessories--->System Tools---->Disk Defragmenter.

How much memory shows up when you right-click on My Computer then choose Properties?
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
32 bit
Only 4 gigs.....  It was at 8 a while ago....
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
A 32-bit Operating system will only recognize 4 Gigs of RAM.  That is the physical limit it can address.

It sounds like you are using Windows Server 2003 as a desktop.  Have you considered using Windows XP or Windows 7?  Is there some reason you need to use Server?

Server is good for file sharing, as a print server, etc...It's not meant to run applications like a desktop OS is.
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
ScottCha-
It's a long story....   I'd purchase a new laptop before changing over to a different os.

The defrag is running.... It looks like it will take all day at the rate it's going.  Is this normal?   It has been going for 15 minutes and is only at 3%, and it's been "stuck on 3% for about 12 minutes.
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
Also, can I run other programs (e.g. music editing programs) while it's defragmenting?   This is going to take forever.
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
You really should just let the defrag run and not run other programs.  You can stop the defrag and start running it when you go to bed and let it run all night.

You can run other programs but your performance will be worse because the defrag is moving pieces of files to other areas of your HD and then moving those files to another area in a whole piece.
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
Thank you, ScottCha-
Given that I have not done a defrag on this in years, do you think my overall performance will improve significantly?
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Scott CSenior Systems EnginerCommented:
If you haven't done one in years, then yes, your performance should improve.

Also, since you haven't done one in years it will take a VERY long time to run.

You are most welcome.
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
Very fast responses.  Thank you!!
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