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Windows 7: AERO themes causes severe lag in the web browsers.

11 Sep 2014   #1
DARKWORLD

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
AERO themes causes severe lag in the web browsers.

I am using two web browsers (IE11 & Chrome) and when any AERO theme is enabled those browsers starting to lag after awhile (tabs opening/closes in 2 frames, scrolling lag and any website layout becomes laggy), I can fix it by minimizing and maximizing them but it gets annoying really quickly since it could happen multiple times in a few minutes or so.

If I switch theme to windows classic - nothing of this happens.

Additional thing I noticed is that when lag appears - taskbar thumbnail preview animation also appears to be slow, not smooth like it usually is.

What could be the cause of this?

Laptop Conf: i7 2.4 Ghz 3630QM, 8 GB RAM, NVIDIA GT650M SLI, Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1 + all updates.

SOLVED

Solution for NVIDIA owners:

1) Go to NVIDIA Control Panel -> Manage 3D Settings -> Program Settings.
2) Add Desktop Window Manager (DWM.exe at windows/system32 folder) and Explorer.exe (at windows folder) there.
3) In Power Management Mode for both applications change settings from "Adaptive" to "Prefer Maximum Performance".
4) Hit "Apply" and reboot your system.


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14 Sep 2014   #2
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums DARKWORLD. Your specs are certainly more then adequate that you shouldn't have this issue. Next time it happens, open Resource Monitor and see if you have excessive CPU or Memory usage.

Resource Monitor

You could also try changing the Visual effects setting to Adjust for best performance, and see if the problem still occurs.

Visual Effects Settings - Change

A Guy
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14 Sep 2014   #3
DARKWORLD

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hello, thank you.

Resource monitor during lag doesn't show anything strange. CPU usage at about 3-5%, RAM about 40-50% used.

Also I tried adjusting visual effects for best performance, but ultimately it just switches to windows classic theme and I have no such problems with classic themes.
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14 Sep 2014   #4
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

It's odd because it's not a common issue, and certainly not with specs like yours. You might try a clean start and see if it occurs then.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

I would normally suspect an addon/extension, do you have one common between these browsers? It would be worthwhile to try disabling them to test as well. A Guy
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15 Sep 2014   #5
DARKWORLD

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Thanks for suggestion!

I did a clean startup and I cant say for sure, but the issue seems to be gone now. Need some further testing though, since it randomly occurs and sometimes not very often.

I cant see anything criminal among those programs though... Mostly NVIDIA/Intel programs & a defrag utility.

EDIT: Spoke too soon I guess, worked whole day without those lag's, but in the evening they appeared again for no reason and all that during clean startup... Totally clueless right now.
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15 Sep 2014   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I'm swamped with work during the week. I'll ask for some more eyes for your problem. A Guy
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15 Sep 2014   #7
gregrocker

 

Did you turn off the Nvidia software which tags along with the driver which is all that's really needed unless you overclock or need other special settings not provided by Win7? I always turn it all off in msconfig>Startup and >Services after Hiding all MS Services. Nothing is really needed in either place except your AV.

If you left any other Startups or Non-MS Services under msconfig then I'd turn them all off, including for a limited time your AV to test without it.

Try uninstalling Display driver in Device Manager and Control Panel>Programs then enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) and Check for Updates, install all Important and Optional to see if it delivers a driver Win7 wants, and/or patches which are needed for the hardware to run correctly.

On the chance its a failing GPU, edit out of Visual Effects fading, sliding, animation, dragging intact and Selection Rectangle which put a strain on resources so I always edit out on low-resource machines - same principle to reduce strain on possibly failing GPU.

If no joy, work through the other Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7
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16 Sep 2014   #8
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Could you post one of these when you encounter your problem?
Use this tutorial by Brink.

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16 Sep 2014   #9
DARKWORLD

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Did you turn off the Nvidia software which tags along with the driver which is all that's really needed unless you overclock or need other special settings not provided by Win7? I always turn it all off in msconfig>Startup and >Services after Hiding all MS Services. Nothing is really needed in either place except your AV.
Yeah, I tried disabling all the NVIDIA services, it didnt help.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If you left any other Startups or Non-MS Services under msconfig then I'd turn them all off, including for a limited time your AV to test without it.
Hmm, okay, I'll try and test with AV turned off.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Try uninstalling Display driver in Device Manager and Control Panel>Programs then enable Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3) and Check for Updates, install all Important and Optional to see if it delivers a driver Win7 wants, and/or patches which are needed for the hardware to run correctly.
I did that too, not helping at all, thanks for suggestion tho.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
On the chance its a failing GPU, edit out of Visual Effects fading, sliding, animation, dragging intact and Selection Rectangle which put a strain on resources so I always edit out on low-resource machines - same principle to reduce strain on possibly failing GPU.
But in games it working fine, no lags or anything... Also I bought W8 2 months ago and browsers never lagged in W8.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Could you post one of these when you encounter your problem?
Use this tutorial by Brink.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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Sorry, I didnt quite get it. You want me to post lists of services/startup programs or something else? I am not sure what you outlined there...
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16 Sep 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

Try uninstalling and reinstalling Flash player using the tool and download from Adobe: Uninstall Flash Player | Windows

I would uninstall all Nvidia in Control Panel, reboot, rightclick on PC in Devices and Printers to enable Hardwsre Auto Updating. Check for Updates to install all Important and Optional which should include drivers and needed patches that may resolve your issue. These may be suppressed by the Nvidia bloatware which causes only problems seen here.
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