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Opening/Closing Applications Faster?

Microsoft Word is taking almost 30 seconds to start after I open it. I would really like to speed up this process, and other applications? Does anyone have any suggestions. Here's a list of what I've tried so far:

Complete scan with McAfee, Spybot, and Avast

Stopped a lot of startup programs and services

Checked for errors and defraged hard drive

Made sure prefetch is enabled (3) in registry

Added " /prefetch:10 " to the target of Word shortcut

It's still loading super slow. Does anyone else have any tips to open AND close applications faster?

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Two things

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Two things come to mind.

First, you neglect to mention how much RAM you have, and what OS... But for XP, 512MB-1GB is what you want, Vista is 2-4GB, preferably dual channel. Windows 2000 is about the same as XP, and Win98/Me can probably get by with just 512MB.

Second, get rid of McAfee VirusScan. Never before have I seen a single program slow a computer down so much that isn't some kind of virus or malware. It is inexcusably bad in that regard, or at least it was the last time I used it about a year or two ago. While it's possible it's improved since then, I highly doubt it. By my estimations, it saps anywhere from 25-33% off the top of your overall system performance, and that's just the resident scanner. Try replacing it with something like AVG Free or Avast.

Other than that, you'll need to provide some more specifics about your system. Some of the things in the red text that's above every new post you make, which reads as follows:

Note: If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem.

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2gb ram XP

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But does AVG cover everything as well as or better than McAfee?

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It depends on if you have one of those "security suites" whether or not AVG Free will "cover" things just as well. When it comes to being a virus scanner, AVG Free is every bit as good as McAfee. Better if you take into account how it has maybe a 5% impact on overall system performance. You unfortunately can't avoid SOME performance hit, but McAfee is completely outrageous.

Of course you could just cobble together your own security suite from freely available tools. And aside from a virus scanner and firewall, there's really not much more you need if you avoid programs known to be problematic like Internet Explorer.

If your 1.66GHz CPU happens to be a Pentium 4, that's also going to be a big performance hit, but there's probably not much you can do about it short of replacing big chunks of your computer. Of course, again, ditching McAfee for something else will certainly improve things.

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1.66ghz cpu

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The problem is more then likely in the registry.

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I tried CCleaner to clean the registry.

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Slow operation

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First thing to do: Disable any real-time scanning!
With real-time scanning, your AV is constantly scanning each and every potentialy executable files as they are accessed. This dramaticaly slow down the starting of any application, including the OS startup.
You have 2 AVs, they can compete with each other, resulting in still more slowdown.

More things you can do: see if you can disable any prehemptive loading of plugins and add-ons. Remove any that you never or rarely use. They take some time to load.

Does the programm have a splash screen? If it's separate image file, rename, move or delete it. You save the time it takes to load that image, and you also save the memory used to load it. Several programms have some switch to disable the splash from been displayed.

More advanced:
Install a new hard drive, partition and format it, and install your most used applications in the first partition and save the data on the second partition. Files situated on the outside of a drive are accessed more rapidly as there are more clusters per track in that area. Another advantage: this will reduce the clutter on the Windows partition. It will also save LOTS of trouble if you need to reformat and reinstall Windows: all your documents will be safe on another drive, meaning almost no need to copy your files to CD/DVD and restoring after the reinstall.

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