9 Comments

Summary:

My Tablet PC (HP tc1100) has been running slower and slower of late. You know, the typical windows XP creeping crud that makes the PC take longer and longer to do anything. This happens often on my computers because I am continually installing software for evaluation. […]

My Tablet PC (HP tc1100) has been running slower and slower of late. You know, the typical windows XP creeping crud that makes the PC take longer and longer to do anything. This happens often on my computers because I am continually installing software for evaluation. I regularly remove software once I’m done with the evaluation so yesterday since my PC was getting really sluggish I went through my routine of removing all unused software.  The first thing that happened after I rebooted post-removal was that several programs I use all the time would no longer run since one of the program removals had deleted a system DLL.  A quick Google search found the DLL and I downloaded it, popped it into the Windows folder and all was well.

What surprised me after the final reboot was how fast the Tablet is now. The speed is comparable to that seen with a total system rebuild. Most of the programs I removed were not resource intensive except apparently one. I installed the new beta of Google Desktop Search a few days ago and had turned off the MSN Desktop Search Toolbar so they wouldn’t clash. I have been very impressed with the GDS so I removed the MSN Search last in my sequence.  What a difference!  What this proves is you don’t necessarily need to do a full system rebuild, something that is a pain on any PC but especially on a Tablet PC. Try removing all programs and utilities you don’t use very much and see what happens.

  1. Why not make an image with Ghost after performing a clean install? Especially when you keep your documents and settings on another partition this works great!

    Share
  2. I’ve done that and it works for the most part. The only problem is that installing all your apps is an incremental process.

    Lets say for example you imaged a clean install and a “post-app install” that had Visual Studio .NET 2003 installed on it. Then you come to a point where you want to get clean again. But now you have VS 2005 installed. Do you restore your plain XP image and then spend days reinstalling apps? Do do you restore your “post-app image” then uninstall VS 2003 and reinstall VS 2005 which suddenly feels less clean.

    Not to mention all the apps you’ve installed in between the time you imaged… it’s alot to remember.

    I used to reinstall alot but now that I use so many different apps and development tools, I try to do it alot less.

    Share
  3. James,
    Can you tell us what you found compelling enough about Google desktop search over Micrsoft desktop search that caused you to switch?

    Share
  4. I intended to write a mini-review of Google DS but no time. Two things caused me to switch: GDS is much faster and has less impact on my Tablet and it doesn’t interfere with system shutdown. MSN Search always kept my system from rebooting as it had to be manually killed before a reboot would happen.

    Share
  5. The point of my exercise here was not to rebuild the Tablet. I do that often enough but this time I was only interested in removing individual programs that I do not (or rarely) use.

    Share
  6. Fuuny you should mention that MSN Desktop Search slowed your computer down, same here, tried it twice, removed it twice. But unlike you I found GDS almost as bad and it’s history now as well and whilst I was at it I took as much else as possible off and now the computer runs brilliantly and no trouble from Outlook, which was always hampered by a search program.

    Moral of the story: don’t be tempted, stick with the basics

    Share
  7. Tablet PC User Thursday, August 25, 2005

    You should install Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 on your Tablet PC. That way you can run your Tablet PC software on that and use the “undo disk” to have the “Virtual Tablet PC” in tip-top-shape! Your “real” tablet pc won’t have all of the extra stuff from the installs/removals.

    Share
  8. It doesn’t seem like Google Desktop Search searches any tablet files, like Journal and OneNote files. I couldn’t find any plugins for that.

    Share

Comments have been disabled for this post