Right now, it's defragmenting and all the problems are gone. My computer's a little bit laggy because of the whole defragmenting.
I still have no clue what that means, but it sounds good, so why not?
When a file on your computer too big to store in the place on the hard drive where it was originally created, it gets cut up and spread out into various places (thing of a fragmentation grenade, bits and pieces of the file all over the harddrive). Naturally, it will take your drive longer to use the file because of the need to do more operations. Since this is a mechanical process (the harddrive heads and platter need to move around) it's slower than a purely digital process and thus will greatly affect system performance.
Periodically it's good to "defrag" the hard drive. If you've never done it, it may take a long time the first time. But if you do it regularly, such as once a month, it's a lot faster. When you defragment your harddrive, the software does some fancy calculations and tells the hardrive to put the pieces of the file back together as a whole, and thus eliminating the need for the headers and platters to move around too much, therefore speeding up your system. Here's a harddrive in action.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eMWG3fwiEU
I just did almost every function that TuneUp had to offer, and my computer's definitely wayyy faster by at least 14x.
On a sidenote, if I were somewhat interested in XP themes, is it recommended? I heard WindowsBlind or ThemeXP can fuck up your computer and make it slower?
Thumbs up or thumbs down?
And even though I did the Accelerate your Download Speed in TuneUp, my download rate is still only 30kb/sec. Is this just because of my internet connection?
XP theme programs will use some system RAM, leaving less availble for use by other programs. You'll notice it slowing the system down in that regard. However, if you upgrade your RAM, then it will be unnoticeable.
When you use the Download Speed app in Tuneup, you have to make sure you're chossing the option that best corresponds to your internet connection. For my 10MBps connection, I'm not gonna choose the 512Kb option.
Go to Speedtest.net
Do a few runs, and choose the middle of the pack measurement. Then go to Tuneup and choose the options taht best corresponds with your speed.