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Windows 7: My win 7 runs slower than XP when opening folders


17 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 
My win 7 runs slower than XP when opening folders

I reccently did a fresh install of Win 7 and all seemed good, I had 2 Gb of RAM when I did the install. I read that it seems to work better to install with 2 then add the other 2GB.

When I first noticed Win 7 running slow I turned off all the bells and whistles and it seem to run much faster so I added the other 2 GB of RAM, I added the same exact RAN that was in my computer, same company same size, same speed etc and then my system wouldn't boot some times and others boot and act strange.

I took out the extra 2 GB of RAM and everything ran fine again so I have left it out and when I upgrade my hardware I'll buy all new RAM.

The thing that bugs me is I can open the same folder which had a lot of files in it and each time I ahve to wait while that little blue circle spins.. heck with XP it opened instantly what's up I thought Win 7 was faster?


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17 Oct 2010   #2

Vista Ultimate 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 32 bit, Win 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

1...I have never found any trouble with installing using 4gb ram,
2...My folders open instantly, like they used to do in XP.
3...Try a good clean out of your system, Defrag, Disc clean even a Reg clean.

Check my spec.
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17 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Telling me you have not had these issues isn't helping me who IS....
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17 Oct 2010   #4

Windows 7 64-Bit
 
 

this can actually be caused by viruses because they take up much of your ram
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17 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eaglepi View Post
I reccently did a fresh install of Win 7 and all seemed good, I had 2 Gb of RAM when I did the install. I read that it seems to work better to install with 2 then add the other 2GB.

When I first noticed Win 7 running slow I turned off all the bells and whistles and it seem to run much faster so I added the other 2 GB of RAM, I added the same exact RAN that was in my computer, same company same size, same speed etc and then my system wouldn't boot some times and others boot and act strange.

I took out the extra 2 GB of RAM and everything ran fine again so I have left it out and when I upgrade my hardware I'll buy all new RAM.

The thing that bugs me is I can open the same folder which had a lot of files in it and each time I ahve to wait while that little blue circle spins.. heck with XP it opened instantly what's up I thought Win 7 was faster?


try using different ram slots on the board , if it does not make a difference send it back to the company , i sent back my ram they gave me a new one usually they will refund you
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17 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by eaglepi View Post
I reccently did a fresh install of Win 7 and all seemed good, I had 2 Gb of RAM when I did the install. I read that it seems to work better to install with 2 then add the other 2GB.

When I first noticed Win 7 running slow I turned off all the bells and whistles and it seem to run much faster so I added the other 2 GB of RAM, I added the same exact RAN that was in my computer, same company same size, same speed etc and then my system wouldn't boot some times and others boot and act strange.

I took out the extra 2 GB of RAM and everything ran fine again so I have left it out and when I upgrade my hardware I'll buy all new RAM.

The thing that bugs me is I can open the same folder which had a lot of files in it and each time I ahve to wait while that little blue circle spins.. heck with XP it opened instantly what's up I thought Win 7 was faster?
One thing you can try that should help is open up any instance of Windows Explorer; "Computer" will do. Click on "Organize" on the top left and then click on "Folder and Search Options". Go to the "View" tab and then ensure that the checkbox for "Always show icons, never thumbnails" is checked. This will ensure that any time you load a folder, it will not take the time to load up thumbnails for each folder based on its contents.

This should speed up viewing folders and their contents.
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18 Oct 2010   #7

 
 

if the folders you are opening contain lots of thumbnail images, i have read Windows 7 can be slow(er than XP) the first few times while it builds a cache.
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18 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

Did you do a clean install ? I upgraded the first time I installed and it seemed very sluggish and inconsistent but after reformatting and reinstalling and doing away with all the old, the windows experience was just fine... So apparently if you keep the windows old file, there may be conflicts... Though that's just my experience when I first got my retail copy and moved over to Windows 7
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18 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I think just run a chkdsk,,to be sure...Sounds like you got some bad sectors i'd run ccleaner a few times on registry aswell..SmartDefrag has a optimal performance defrag that might help..I think its deep optimize..Try it
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18 Oct 2010   #10

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Windows 7 defrag works just fine. I would NOT run cccleaner a few times, as 7 registry DOES take care of itself.

I would indeed do a CHKDSK, that would be useful
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