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My Desktop going pretty slow

My desktop has been running very slow for the fast 2-3 months.I clean & defragment my hard drive, run MS Security Essentials, Keep my OS updated but still it is pretty slow.Booting takes 30~40 seconds and opening up an application take5`7 seconds.It is really annoying.
My Specs:

CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E2180@ 2.00Ghz X2
RAM: 1GB DDR2
GPU: Intel GMA G31
MB: Intel DG31PR
HDD: 160 GB Maxtor
OS: Genuine MS Windows XP SP3

Any solutions?
Thanks,
ALi

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First, before I can recommend you a solution.

How many DIMM slots you have occupied and available on this Intel MB?

How much reserve RAM does your Intel GMA G31's video/graphics GPU have? Card or Chipset?

So far, as I read your post, you seem to have, pretty successfully, so far, used a barebone PC for quite a bit of time.

I really do hope you can give us answers to these two main questions. I do guess that you've updated your drivers quite often enough, so far.

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Detailed Info:

Max video memory= 224mb

? Two 240-pin DDR2 SDRAM Dual Inline Memory Module (DIMM) sockets
? Support for DDR2 800 or DDR2 667 MHz DIMMs
? Support for up to 4 GB of system memory using DDR2 800 or DDR2
667 DIMMs

I update my drivers regularly

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I can't tell if this is an IDE drive.
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Seem pretty decent to me

A 30 - 40 second bootup is pretty quick considering systems i've used. Do you have many programs installed? How many run at startup? That can slow down a computer considerably as well as processes running in the background. For comparison my laptop is running Win7 on a i7 with 6gb ram and a TB of hdd space used to boot in 10 seconds and now takes roughly 20 to 30 seconds to completely boot and be usable while my old deskop running a 2.93ghz celeron with 256mb ram adn 500gb hdd on XP boots near instantly. And a 5 - 7 second startup for programs isnt all that bad considering your system specs unless thats 5 minutes 7 seconds, then something is definitely wrong. I'll recommend the usuals, disk scan to check for a corrupted file system, virus scan conflicting software, check for incorrectly installed drivers etc.


Question of my own; Whats the verdict on MS Security Essentials, I keep hearing its good, i hear its bad, how well does it stand up at guarding your PC?

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RE: MS Security Essentials

The MS Security Essentials is a very good antivirus.It does not take much memeory during scans and is pretty fast.I have been using it both on a desktop and a laptop and it gives no problem.I also recommend it to you if u have genuine windows.It updates quickly, has an simple and easy to use interface.It is the best I have ever used!

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