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Am having trouble with opening windows quickly (that's individual windows not the OS). when the PC first starts up and i go to open say 'control panel' it takes ages to open - if i close it and open it again it opens straight away. The 'dial-up networking' window takes an age to come up as well if i launch browser or email programs first. Even when browser is active, home page takes ages to connect. Once a page is loaded, surfing is quick and without problems - it's just getting it going! Am using Win98SE, I.E.5 and Outlook Express 5.0. PC has a Celeron 366 chip. Don't say it needs upgrading because it's fast in every other aspect. Modem is 56.6k by the way. Data transfer is usually quite fast. Any tips would be appreciated.

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This question was answered on February 6, 2003. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Enven though you said not to tell you to upgrade the cpu, someone has to I mean 366? That's a bit slow, I don't know what other "respects" its fast at, but it won't be operating windows.

First, when windows "finishes" booting up and throws you to the destop it hasn't really finished loading up applications, that may take time for your cpu and memory to process and store(as well as your hard drive) Once it's done loading your Browser into the memory it is faster (as you said)

To increase boot up and load up time you should DEFINATELY upgrade your cpu But if you don't want to commit, and want an increase in performance a good idea would be to get your memory upgraded to 128megabytes (prefferably more (256))

Also you should do a system check, and a defragment This is done (if I remember correctly) by clicking start|programs|accesories| and either defragment or system check (scan?) and following instructions.

Hope this helps.

--alex

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Posted by Alex of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on February 6, 2003