Windows XP Running Slow - Have You Tried This Solution?

Published: 05th June 2009
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Millions of people complain about Windows XP running slow daily. It seems inevitable. When you first install XP on your machine, it appears to run blazingly fast. Even on a slow machine. But over time, it seems to get slower and slower, until even a simple mouse click can render your computer "frozen" for 30 seconds at a time, even on the fastest PC on the market.

This "plague" of Windows XP running slow does not seem to discriminate. Old computers and new computers alike, low-end PCs, and the hottest new laptops, all eventually succumb to the eventual sluggishness that has come to be associated with Windows XP.

What are you supposed to do in a situation like this? You will hear all kinds of advice, like disabling services that you don't need, defragmenting your hard drive, and playing around with your computer's virtual memory settings. You may even have heard seemingly absurd advice such as using a solid color for your wallpaper rather than using an elaborate graphic! Going out and buying more RAM doesn't seem to help either. And neither does having a faster processor.

The fact of the matter is that Windows XP is, by nature, vulnerable. If your computer isn't protected, you can acquire a great deal of spyware or adware on your machine. But even if you have antivirus software running on your machine and you have scanned your PC thoroughly, and deleted every virus, every trace of spyware or adware on your machine, your computer can still run slowly.

So what gives? There is one component that is very often overlooked: The Windows Registry.

For the uninitiated, the Windows Registry is a database that the Windows operating system uses to store information about all of the programs, hardware, software, services, and devices installed on the machine.

When you first install a clean copy of Windows XP or you bring your brand-new PC home with XP pre-loaded on it, the Windows Registry is very lean and clean. That's because nothing has been installed on your computer yet.

But as time goes on and you install programs and you customize your system, the Windows Registry database is being updated and it grows in size. The larger it grows, the more time and resources it takes for your PC to scan through it to look up the information it needs on whatever programs it is running.

Unfortunately, however, Windows does not come with a built-in Windows Registry optimizer. So, even as you delete and uninstall software, or reinstall and reconfigure software, or even as you clutter up your PC with various downloads, the Registry just keeps growing in size and the data begins to become less and less optimize, until you are left with a frustratingly sluggish Windows XP running slow.

Because Windows is entirely dependent on the integrity of this database, if it is not optimized, it will cause your PC to slow down, as it consumes resources just trying to look up or update information in the registry.

Optimizing your Windows Registry entails cleaning it up and streamlining it to achieve maximum efficiency and giving your PC a performance boost.

It isn't even bundled with most anti - virus programs.
Give your PC a free registry scan to cure the problem of your Windows XP running slow and you'll be reaping the benefits of a much more stable, more highly optimized, more robust, and much faster operating system!

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