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Ultimate Geek

# 14286 25-Jun-2007 22:59
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Recently, I've found that Windows XP running on my laptop has been having problems, which I have attributed to "Windows resources" (I stand to be corrected on that term), such as new windows, pull-down menus etc.  After a reboot, everything is fine, but after a day or so, software stops working the way it should (pull-down menus disappear in IE7, I cannot start programs from the start menu, programs stop working the way they should etc).

I'd like to figure out what program is taking these resources, has anyone used freeware programs that they have found useful?  Thanks heaps.  I'd rather not reinstall.

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Master Geek

  # 75985 26-Jun-2007 17:14
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Look for "process explorer", 'bout halfway down. Pretty good.
Look for A2 Hijack free.
Also suggest running some antispyware scans, just in case you have some malware causing this.

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Ultimate Geek

  # 76059 26-Jun-2007 21:35
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Thanks, didn't consider that it might be malware, but I guess it's worth thinking about.


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  # 76133 27-Jun-2007 18:17
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yeah just keep in mind to virus scan your program that your about to install

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  # 76831 4-Jul-2007 05:23
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there is a good writeup here on how to make windows start run shutdown faster. i am mentioning its 1st 3 points. if u want more u will have to visit that site.

1. Restrict the no. of start-ups. Why have programs starting up when you dont really use them. Even those you use can always be started manually by clicking on the. I personally prefer not to have ANY starups. I click on my Internet Defense Suite manually, before connecting to the Internet. So decide for yourself which one's you really need as start-ups.
2. Disable services which one may not require. For example, if your pc is a stand-alone one, there may be sevral services which you can disable or switch over to manual mode. Auto-starting and closing down of services takes time & resources. These can be saved. BlackViper's Vista Service Configurations is an excellent guide to follow.
3. Reducing visual effects (eye candy).
Right-click on “My Computer” > Properties > Advanced > Performance-Settings > Visual Effects > Adjust for best performance > Apply > OK.
To allow the themes and the glass effects, you may have to check on the boxes : enable transperant glass and use visual styles; this way atleast the spirit of Vista will be preserved- else be prepared for a really bland Vista ! Use your discretion. I know disabling all can actually negate the purpose of 'eye-friendly' Vista.

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