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Closing Programs in XP pro

Q: Closing Programs in XP pro

In windows 98se I could close running programs before installing a new program, by hitting ctrl/alt/del, then closing those running one at a time. How do I do this now that I am running win XP pro? I'm kind of afraid to shut down anything before installing a new program....... any help will be appreciated... thanks herbie

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A:Programs are slow to respond

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A:Choose What closing the lid does?

I recommend sleeping the laptop if you are gonna use it after you close it within the next few hours. Otherwise shut it down.
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A:Multiple programs are stopping to work, also, I don't appear to have had or ever have a virus.

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A:Internet packed loss. (Could it be a programs fault?)

What Router brand and model are you using?
Are you connected wired or wireless?
Are you connected 100mbps or 1.0 Gbps.
Have you upgraded the firmware on the router lately?
Also have you upgraded the drivers on the PCs network cards?
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Have you tried a different port on the router?

Packet loss in a router means the router started degrading on the ports side.
Device could be overheating or just have duff ports (bad)
In your case you can also.

1. Backup config settings in the Router
2. Do a Factory Reset will wipe all prior settings out
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Direct X
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turn off hibernate.
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A:Programs do not use much RAM?

You cna download a program called "Cleanmem" that will go throught he programs in the taskmanager and work out what programs are not currently being used and reduce the memory usage that they are using and INCREASE the memeory for programs that are running but to be honest if you are not seeing a lag in your program it should be fine.

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A:Is there programs that copies your whole hard drive

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A:Some Programs Won't Open

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reload driver..

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For most programs that are complicated like Office you can't. When things get installed a bunch of registry entries are made making simple copying of programs over impossible. You should be allowed to re-install Office to the new computer though (legally even) if you promise to remove it from your old one. If you have the student version, you can legally have that on up to 3 computers at once I believe.

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A:Moving programs to another drive

First, you almost certainly don't have 2 HDDs on a laptop. "C" & "D" are just partitions of the same drive. If "C:/" @ 35GBs is almost full, no wonder the laptop is slow, since more than likely there are too many programs running at startup. There is also the possibility of "malware" infections, which are notorious for making machines run very slow.

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A:Computer freezes up when when running most programs

"I didn't reinstall windows and everything else when i changed mobos"...

You have got to be kidding! Back up your important data, format and reinstall your operating system fresh. Install the motherboard drivers, and then update Windows completely and then install all other drivers including the new video card...

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A:What does closing the screen actually do?

Lots of excellent info there

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A:Re: Copying programs to new computer

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Note: Also do all the further Windows Security updates after SP3 as well

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Hi j frank l, and Welcome.

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How old is the burner?
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sellomies said:

I have lots of problems with my hard disks...

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Also corrupt program files...Click to expand...

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Hello! Welcome to TechSpot!

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can we split ddr2 memory to be use better in some programs>?

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zazazoom said:

Hey all, my uncle wants me to build him a computer for his daughter whos taking architecture....He wants to save as much money as he can so I'm wondering what parts you would recommend...maybe recommend some motherboard/cpus..I'm located in Canada so stores like and are places i can go to for parts >
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A:Proplem Running Programs

You could try running scandisk or chkdsk. If that fails try a os install over your existing os.
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A:Splitting programs to seperate outputs

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A:ASUS KV8-X-SE boots fine, when programs start it reboots

Could be any number of things, but the most common cause of system reboots is drivers.

Have a look here:

And try to elimate each step. One of them is likely your problem.

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A:How to Backup Select Programs and Files on my Toshiba Satellite Before Reinstall

1. Norton Ghost, Nero Backup or other backup utilities, some are free as well.. these type of backup is taking a image snapshot, and some of them can take just snapshots of a certain folder/groups/drives/files (selective backup). Once backed up, you may need to reinstall teh programs or re add their registry keys, file associations etc (if you know what they are, easyer just reinstalling..). Media to backup to can be tape, cd/dvd, anohter hdd, network storage etc...

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A:sound crackles when opening programs

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A:Computer won't start anymore after closing it with Power Supply Switch

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

If after trying your other psu it`s still dead, It`s got to be either the mobo or cpu.

I think for whatever reason, you`ve had a short circuit of some kind and it`s fried either the psu/mobo/cpu.

You`ve seem to have tried all the right things, so I can`t really suggest anything else.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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A:Vertical Colored Line when playing games. (Or other 3D programs)


lease can somebody help me. I've tried everything!
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A:Copying Programs from 1 HD to Another

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A:Sudden problems running programs...

I think that CPU usage is your problem,turn the computer off and reboot.As soon as everything is loaded open the task manager and see what the CPU usage is,it should be 0 or close to it.
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A:Put 2 'used' hard drives in old computer - problems using programs on slave

Well those programs probably require registry keys. And they were installed on your old computer. The only way you will be able to get those to work is to reinstsall them on the new computer.

:wave:Welcome to TechSpot:wave:
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Right click on "my computer" then select "manage" then "event viewer".

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A:Anyone know of any CUSTOM refresh rate forcing programs other than powerstrip?

You can do it in the registry, doesn't cost you anything.
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A:GeForce FX 5700 LE freezez when graphic demanding programs run

To all you newbies in these forums, please post your complete computer specs. It will help us to help you alot faster!
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Welcome to TechSpot

Check Here to see if this thread helps :slurp:
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A:New Sapphire Radeon9600pro 256mb LOW FPS in OpenGL Programs

You're new graphics card is a lot better than a FX5200. The problem should be software. Did you uninstall the nvidia drivers before you installed the ATI ones? If you didn't you should uninstall both drivers, then install the ATI ones again.
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A:new system automatically quits big programs

hello and welcome to Techspot.

First of all download memtest86+ you can either use the floppy version or there is an iso version that you can put on cd.

Let it run untlill it has done at least seven passes and see if it comes up with any errors.

Also you say that your computer just shuts off several times a day do you mean restarts?

If you right click on my computer select properties then the advanced tab then click on settings where it says startup and recovery uncheck the box that says automatically restart also set the write debugging information to none.

Now when your system crashes you should get a blue screen telling you what caused the error.

Look to see if any drivers are identified in the stop message.

Regards Howard :wave: :wave:
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some specs would be helpful....

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Welcome to TechSpot

Help would be easier to give if you'd tell a bit about your computer, particularly which graphics card it has.

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A:Windows XP suddenly started loading choppy itself and other programs...

Hello and welcome to Techspot.

Double click my computer and right click on your hard drive then select properties then tools then under error checking click on check now and tick the box that says automatically fix file system errors then click start.

You will be presented with a message click yes then restart your computer.

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A:ne programs to identify my audio card?

What is the model of your Sony Vaio?

Easiest way would be to find driver / product specs for your laptop here:

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Everst Home Edition

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Welcome to TechSpot

Are they a matched pair of memory chips?
From reviews elsewhere, the Corsair PC3200 memory works flawless.
If you have a no-name chip, that might cause the problem.

If you use one stick at the time, do both sticks work OK?
You have so many memory slots, perhaps try another pair?

Go to and download memtest. Run that for a few hours to find any memory faults.