Thread: Slow XP?
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Old January 2nd 18, 08:48 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsxp.general
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Default Slow XP?

On Tue, 2 Jan 2018 11:37:49 -0600, Ken wrote:

KenK wrote:
I have an old Compaq Presario 5000 running XP I got as a gift. It did not
include the XP install disk.

This system is extremely slow. I DLed and printed several web sites'
suggestions to speed up XP with no results. I'm thinking about installing
Ubuntu Linux as dual-boot as I can't reinstall XP.

To determine whether the problem is the XP OS or the hardware I'd like
any suggestions on something I can run on it as a test to see if it
operates at a normal speed. If so, it's XP, if not I can abandon the
computer; it's the hardware and I have no idea how to fix it - probably
not worth the expense and time for this very old computer.

I ran an equally old copy of Spinrite to see if the HD was ok and as I
recall it took several days to cycle. I don't recall how long it usually
takes but I suspect that was VERY slow, indicating a hardware problem.


If your computer matches the specs above, no wonder it is slow. About
the only thing I can think of that MIGHT help, is more RAM and a larger
HD. Other than that, it may not be worth messing with.

I agree, that is a W/98 machine someone loaded XP on.
I bet it moves right along with W/98.