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Hi I'm trying to speed up my macbook pro and my would like to know what my windowserver is for please.
 
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Windows server is for networking without it your macintosh wouldn't communicate with the internet why.
 
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Question: what model of macbook pro if you need help speeding it up people here at mac forums can help you.
 
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speeding up macbook pro

Thank you for your reply,
my macbook is
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Version 10.9.5
Processor 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
Memorie 8Go 1067 Mhz
 

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Windows server is for networking without it your macintosh wouldn't communicate with the internet why.

Where do you get this stuff?

Windowserver has nothing to do with networking.

In simple terms, WindowServer is the process responsible for drawing what you see on your screen.
 
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Where do you get this stuff?

I really wish he would stop spreading misinformation and flatly giving out terrible "advice" that is so wrong we have to spend a fair amount of time correcting it and warning people not to pay attention to anything he says rather than actually addressing the issues.
 

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Windows server is for networking without it your macintosh wouldn't communicate with the internet why.
A simple search in Google would make clear to you that this is not anywhere near close to what that is. Please take some time to do a quick search in the future so as to ensure that you don't mislead forum members who are having issues.

celebrantsandie, WindowServer is an absolutely central process that, in short, mediates the drawing of windows and content on your screen (think of your screen as a canvas for a moment and WindowServer as a painter). Without it, you wouldn't see anything.
 
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Getting back to the reason for the original post, what symptoms are you seeing that make you think your Mac is slowing down? How much space on your HD? Have you changed anything recently, just before the perceived slowdown? Any other symptoms?
 
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Hi again and thanks Jake,
I suspect my computer wasn't working properly partly because the battery was running out very fast. It took a long time to start up again and I 'm seeing the dreaded ball more and more often.
I have done a bit of cleaning up with the start up stuff and it's a lot better. before I do anything too technical tho' I have to back up so I'm researching what external disk I should buy. Not sure I can afford a time capsule but will do if it's necessary.
 
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What external disk would you suggest for backing up?
I haveI have 249,2 Go and 37,81 free.
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Might I suggest downloading Onyx and running the automation to clean out the caches? Might help too.

Titanium Software - Home - Onyx

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That Microsoft's server version of Windows. It says that in the first sentence...
 

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"Windows Server" the operating system (like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, etc.) has nothing to do with the "windowserver" process within the OS X operating system.
 

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What external disk would you suggest for backing up?
I haveI have 249,2 Go and 37,81 free.
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Just from that info, and "assuming" the hard drive is ok, the slow downs are due to a combination of: a) the little amount of free space available and b) the free space being extremely fragmented.

If you have more data, movies or unused apps you can delete and get back up to around 20-25% free space, that will help. A defrag on a drive that has been that full would help tremendously. I would also suggest a new larger drive replacement.

However, you need a backup first if you don't have one. You can get any external drive you want. As an example, I have my wife set up with just an el cheapie WD My Passport drive - 1 TB - about $70 from Amazon, Fry's...
 
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As the others have said, any external drive will do. Get one about twice as big as your internal, so about 500Go should do well. The faster interface will help, so if you have Firewire, get that one, or if you have USB3, get one of those. USB2 will do, but it's much slower at moving data. Firewire is more expensive than USB, sadly, but USB can be found relatively inexpensively. Don't worry about format, you'll need to repartition/reformat it for OS X anyway and ANY drive will do. I prefer WD drives myself, but get whatever you can. Batteries do start to lose life, particularly if deep cycled many times. You can try turning down brighness on the screen, turning off Bluetooth unless you need it, etc.
 

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