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have you ever defragmented the hard disc drive? If not done occaisonally, the computer will be very slow to load programs, and may misstate the amount of free space available. Go to 'My Computer' and right click on the icon for the hard disc drive. Select 'properties', and then 'defragment'. This will probably take a long time, and even longer if you have Zone Alarm running, or any kind of instant messaging program. As a matter of fact, you should probably disconnect the computer completely from the internet while you are running the defrag program, because it will have to start over if the disc contents are changed while it is running. If the defrag program keeps restarting, you may have to run Disk Scan first to eliminate any errors on the disc. This should be routine maintenance, done every month or so, as well as backing up the hard drive contents to CD-ROM or tape, or another hard disc. If you are running Windows XP, you should also run the 'System Restore' routine frequently to create restore points that the computer can use to restore the operating system if it gets corrupted.

2006-09-04 05:25:45
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