Why computer is running slow?

Question

This 2003 computer is now slow to open programs that came with the computer. Like My Documents, My pictures, Control Panel etc. It has lots of free space. No video games.

It was fine for the first year and then started slowing down.

The big three in one printer and aol run fine. I have tried deleting temporay files, disk clean up , deleting some files etc. No change. Any suggestions? Thank you

Answer

This question was answered on January 19, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

First, try running disk defragmenter Disk defragmenter sorts out the files on your computer and then place them in the right order

1 Open Disk Defragmenter

2 Click the volume that you want to defragment, and then click Defragment

Note: After the defragmentation is complete, Disk Defragmenter displays the results in the Defragmentation display.

3 Click View Report to view the Defragmentation Report, which displays detailed information about the volume you defragmented

Notes

1 To open Disk Defragmenter, click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, 2 point to System Tools, and then click Disk Defragmenter

2 You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure

3 You should analyze volumes before defragmenting them This tells you whether you need to take the time to defragment them

4 A volume must have at least 15% fee space for Disk Defragmenter to completely and adequately defragment it Disk Defragmenter uses this space as a sorting area for file fragments If a volume has less than 15% fee space, Disk Defragmenter will only partially defragment it To increase the free space on a volume, delete unneeded files or move them to another disk

5 You cannot defragment volumes that the file system has marked as dirty, which indicates possible corruption You must run chkdsk on a dirty volume before you can defragment it You can determine if a volume is dirty by using the fsutil dirty query command

6 You can defragment only local file system volumes, and you can run only one instance of Disk Defragmenter at a time

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Posted by Kera of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 19, 2005