PC hardware--CPU & Motherboard & RAM/Sluggish PC


I am a relative novice. I have a HP Pavilion a200n, using  Windows XP and it has been extremely slow. Are programs like PCMagic effective in troubleshooting and tune-up?
Thanks, Tom

I would need more information - what hardware does the system have installed in it? Have you kept up with updates and service packs for XP? Do you run any sort of anti-virus or anti-spyware software? Do you have lots of background/startup applications running?


PC hardware--CPU & Motherboard & RAM

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