windows XP Hotfix(sp2)QXXXXXX

Old 01-10-04, 08:22 AM
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windows XP Hotfix(sp2)QXXXXXX

my computer funs 500MHz with 256 RAM (or something like 256), and 10GB hard drive. Anyways running XP. Had a clean install a while back. Computer was real fast, over time however it has become sloooow. esp. w/ start up. I use system tools to gefrag, delete temp int. files , run norton anti virus etc. but no help....
I went to control panel and started deleting programs i dont use to free up more space.
Well i came across like 20 of these programs:
Windows XP Hotfix (SP2)QXXXXXX (x is number)
Could running all this be a contributing factor to speed? Is it nec. to be running all these hotfix deals? Are they taking up space or using speed? Can i rid my computer of them?
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Old 01-10-04, 08:25 AM
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There not running program, there MS Updates deleting them can open you up to hackers.
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Yeah, these are not necessarily programs running in the background - however, they could be (since they are part of the OS) - they are patches to the Windows OS. They could be additional files, replacement files, or just file changes that are applied to Windows system files. You don't want to remove them, they are necessary files - not to mention, if you remove them and run Windows Update, it will just tell you to reinstall them.

That being said, deleting them doesn't necessarily leave you open to hackers, it really just depends on what the patch is for - not all of them are security fixes.

You should try running AdAware and SpyBot S&D - there may be some programs running on your computer that you don't know about.

Unfortunately, with that setup, you're bound to have problems - 500Mhz is slow for XP, only 256Mb of RAM is not helping. You may want to consider a differnt AV solution - Norton is a memory hog, try AVG - it's free. Also try the Virual Memory fix I've posted in a few thread lately - that helps when you're running low memory.

There are literally hundreds of things that could making your system run slow - give some of these a try and see if it helps. If not, you may want to consider at least a memory upgrade.

Good luck!

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