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Why does my desktop computer (Windows Millennium ME)performance start up at only 45-50% when I have 896 MB of memory, even when I haven't logged onto the Internet?

Why does the defrag process stall on the c:drive? It can't get past 10% complete.

I ran spyware and I have current Norton Internet/Antivirus security.

Thanks for any help you can give me!

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Simple. It has more than 512MB.

There are some bugs in Windows ME memory management that causes "issues" when its run on machines with "large amounts" of RAM. Microsoft documented this and you should read about such at No patch was supplied but a workaround to tell ME to keep itself to 512MB.

The defrag issue is noted in the Windows ME forum in a note I keep on the first page.

Here's an article about Windows ME memory ->


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May I ask?

Since Windows ME is well past 4 years old, why are you asking now about this?


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slow computer

Thanks for your prompt reply. I am asking now because I am just starting to have the problem. I use my computer for word processing and surfing the net. I started out with 128MB and added a 256 card because Gateway recommended it when my computer started taking a while to load pages when I had multiple programs running during an online college program. I also had to uninstall AOL 9.0 and go back to 6.0 and that seemed to help. Then recently when I checked the resources and saw they were very low upon booting up I added another Gateway 256 card but that didn't help. Resources are still low and the defragging process stalls. No viruses, no spyware, no cookies, etc. What's wrong?

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(NT) (NT) Did you try to defrag in Safe Mode?

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