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Windows 7: Something wrong with Taskbar ("performance" slow/lagging)

14 Dec 2012   #1
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Slowness/delay in taskbar (problem with taskbar icons/thumbnail)

Hello,

I've been playing around with 3rd party themes and taskbar customizations, and after setting everything back to default (Normal Window Aero themes, taskbar etc) I'm experiencing slowness/lag in taskbar performance.

This is hard to explain but I'll try to clarify as much as I can:
  • When I click one application to another from taskbar, there is a 1 second delay for it to switch (Note that all of these applications are opened already). For example, while I'm on Windows explorer (i.e opened folder) when I click firefox, it doesn't switch immediately instead there is a 1 second delay for it to switch. Or when I'm on the desktop and click firefox, it doesn't show firefox immediately instead there is a delay of 1 second before the firefox shows
  • When I ALT-TAB, although it switches immediately, the highlight of the tab/icon on taskbar is experiencing delay. For example, while I'm on firefox (the firefox tab is highlighted on taskbar) when I ALT-TAB to a random folder/applications it switches immediately however, the highlight doesn't switch immediately instead there is a 1 second delay
  • When I hover my mouse to any applications on taskbar, it takes around 1 second of delay to show the small preview
  • Sometimes, clicking any applications on taskbar is not responsive. For example, if I repeatedly click "show desktop" really fast, it doesn't switch for every click instead, I need to click twice to switch it back and foruth

As a result, this happens to ANY applications, not just firefox or internet explorer.

I don't know if this is normal or not but I sure didn't experienced this problem BEFORE I fiddle around with 3rd party customizations. I know the subject is broad and it might be hard for you to pinpoint and find an solution however, if there is any way to solve this "issue" please help me.

Thank you.


P.S I'm sorry if the explanation is off or doesn't make sense but this is the best I can describe. Posting screenshots is meaningless as it doesn't show the delay.


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14 Dec 2012   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelbeats96 View Post
Hello,

I've been playing around with 3rd party themes and taskbar customizations, and after setting everything back to default (Normal Window Aero themes, taskbar etc) I'm experiencing slowness/lag in taskbar performance.

This is hard to explain but I'll try to clarify as much as I can:
  • When I click one application to another from taskbar, there is a 1 second delay for it to switch (Note that all of these applications are opened already). For example, while I'm on Windows explorer (i.e opened folder) when I click firefox, it doesn't switch immediately instead there is a 1 second delay for it to switch. Or when I'm on the desktop and click firefox, it doesn't show firefox immediately instead there is a delay of 1 second before the firefox shows
  • When I ALT-TAB, although it switches immediately, the highlight of the tab/icon on taskbar is experiencing delay. For example, while I'm on firefox (the firefox tab is highlighted on taskbar) when I ALT-TAB to a random folder/applications it switches immediately however, the highlight doesn't switch immediately instead there is a 1 second delay
  • When I hover my mouse to any applications on taskbar, it takes around 1 second of delay to show the small preview
  • Sometimes, clicking any applications on taskbar is not responsive. For example, if I repeatedly click "show desktop" really fast, it doesn't switch for every click instead, I need to click twice to switch it back and foruth
As a result, this happens to ANY applications, not just firefox or internet explorer.

I don't know if this is normal or not but I sure didn't experienced this problem BEFORE I fiddle around with 3rd party customizations. I know the subject is broad and it might be hard for you to pinpoint and find an solution however, if there is any way to solve this "issue" please help me.

Thank you.


P.S I'm sorry if the explanation is off or doesn't make sense but this is the best I can describe. Posting screenshots is meaningless as it doesn't show the delay.
Did you actually uninstall the 3rd party application(s)?
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14 Dec 2012   #3
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Did you actually uninstall the 3rd party application(s)?
From what I remember, the only installation I did was "Universal Theme Patcher". Other 3rd party applications were all executable files (.exe; I just need to run these files) as it didn't require any installations.

As a result, I deleted all of 3rd party executable files and themes (.theme files). As for UTP, I tried to restore back to previous settings however, it seems that the version is same as the current one which I'm not sure if it actually reverted back to the default previous settings.
Here is the screenshot of the UTP:
[IMG]http://s8.**************/antoy9e9v/New_Picture.png[/IMG]
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14 Dec 2012   #4
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelbeats96 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Did you actually uninstall the 3rd party application(s)?
From what I remember, the only installation I did was "Universal Theme Patcher". Other 3rd party applications were all executable files (.exe; I just need to run these files) as it didn't require any installations.

As a result, I deleted all of 3rd party executable files and themes (.theme files). As for UTP, I tried to restore back to previous settings however, it seems that the version is same as the current one which I'm not sure if it actually reverted back to the default previous settings.
Here is the screenshot of the UTP:
[IMG]http://s8.**************/antoy9e9v/New_Picture.png[/IMG]
The following is quoted from; Download Uxtheme Multi-patcher 8.0 Free - This program will patch your theme engine files so you can use any 3rd party visual style - Softpedia

This program will patch your theme engine files so you can use any 3rd party visual style

Written by Bogdan Popa on February 7th, 2012
Most users like some eye-candy in their operating system, therefore changing the default theme is one of the first things many of us do after installing a fresh copy of Windows. However, adding third-party visual styles is impossible unless you’re using Uxtheme Multi-Patcher.

This is a software solution that has been specifically developed to allow you use any Windows visual style you want, as it patches the theme files and lets you skip certification validation in Windows.

Although it sounds more like a geek application, it’s not. The whole installation basically comes down to double-clicking an executable file, rebooting the system and… that’s it. However, you should pay attention to the third-party code included that may change some settings on your system unless unchecked at installation.

We successfully tested the application on Windows XP and Windows 7 machines and everything worked smoothly. It should also work on other iterations because developers claim it could work on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

Since Uxtheme Multi-Patcher attempts to modify a system file, it's recommended to create a restore point before proceeding with the actual installation, as a simple error could seriously slow down the operating system or even break down Windows altogether.

For anyone who wants to give a whole new look to their operating environment, Uxtheme Multi-Patcher provides a simple way of using other visual styles than the ones Windows comes bundled with. If you want to improve the looks of your OS you should definitely give it a try, but remember to backup your system before proceeding.

I bolded the section above as it seems to apply to your situation.
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14 Dec 2012   #5
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
The following is quoted from; Download Uxtheme Multi-patcher 8.0 Free - This program will patch your theme engine files so you can use any 3rd party visual style - Softpedia

This program will patch your theme engine files so you can use any 3rd party visual style

Written by Bogdan Popa on February 7th, 2012
Most users like some eye-candy in their operating system, therefore changing the default theme is one of the first things many of us do after installing a fresh copy of Windows. However, adding third-party visual styles is impossible unless youíre using Uxtheme Multi-Patcher.

This is a software solution that has been specifically developed to allow you use any Windows visual style you want, as it patches the theme files and lets you skip certification validation in Windows.

Although it sounds more like a geek application, itís not. The whole installation basically comes down to double-clicking an executable file, rebooting the system andÖ thatís it. However, you should pay attention to the third-party code included that may change some settings on your system unless unchecked at installation.

We successfully tested the application on Windows XP and Windows 7 machines and everything worked smoothly. It should also work on other iterations because developers claim it could work on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

Since Uxtheme Multi-Patcher attempts to modify a system file, it's recommended to create a restore point before proceeding with the actual installation, as a simple error could seriously slow down the operating system or even break down Windows altogether.

For anyone who wants to give a whole new look to their operating environment, Uxtheme Multi-Patcher provides a simple way of using other visual styles than the ones Windows comes bundled with. If you want to improve the looks of your OS you should definitely give it a try, but remember to backup your system before proceeding.

I bolded the section above as it seems to apply to your situation.
My God, and I didn't even created any restore point whatsoever...

So what is the best solution for my current situation? I've just tried SFC /SCANNOW for 4 times in a row and it didn't find any "integrity violations".

Sigh, what I have done...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Dec 2012   #6
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelbeats96 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
The following is quoted from; Download Uxtheme Multi-patcher 8.0 Free - This program will patch your theme engine files so you can use any 3rd party visual style - Softpedia

This program will patch your theme engine files so you can use any 3rd party visual style

Written by Bogdan Popa on February 7th, 2012
Most users like some eye-candy in their operating system, therefore changing the default theme is one of the first things many of us do after installing a fresh copy of Windows. However, adding third-party visual styles is impossible unless youíre using Uxtheme Multi-Patcher.

This is a software solution that has been specifically developed to allow you use any Windows visual style you want, as it patches the theme files and lets you skip certification validation in Windows.

Although it sounds more like a geek application, itís not. The whole installation basically comes down to double-clicking an executable file, rebooting the system andÖ thatís it. However, you should pay attention to the third-party code included that may change some settings on your system unless unchecked at installation.

We successfully tested the application on Windows XP and Windows 7 machines and everything worked smoothly. It should also work on other iterations because developers claim it could work on Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003 and 2008.

Since Uxtheme Multi-Patcher attempts to modify a system file, it's recommended to create a restore point before proceeding with the actual installation, as a simple error could seriously slow down the operating system or even break down Windows altogether.

For anyone who wants to give a whole new look to their operating environment, Uxtheme Multi-Patcher provides a simple way of using other visual styles than the ones Windows comes bundled with. If you want to improve the looks of your OS you should definitely give it a try, but remember to backup your system before proceeding.

I bolded the section above as it seems to apply to your situation.
My God, and I didn't even created any restore point whatsoever...

So what is the best solution for my current situation? I've just tried SFC /SCANNOW for 4 times in a row and it didn't find any "integrity violations".

Sigh, what I have done...
A repair install may work;

Repair Install

HTH
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14 Dec 2012   #7
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
A repair install may work;

Repair Install

HTH
Thank you, I'll try that.

However, something is strange... I've just tried my fifth scanning and when I checked the UTP, it says the files is not patched?

Also, the click delay/slowness is gone as well. Although alt-tabbing really fast makes the highlighting of tabs delay little bit, its still not as slow as last time.

Did I just fixed the issue? Or am I dreaming?

UPDATE: No, the problem is back and it happens time to time whenever I reboot.
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14 Dec 2012   #8
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

A repair install is probably the best bet at this point.
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14 Dec 2012   #9
angelbeats96

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
A repair install is probably the best bet at this point.
I there anything else I can try? Because I want to do the repair install as my last resort.
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15 Dec 2012   #10
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by angelbeats96 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
A repair install is probably the best bet at this point.
I there anything else I can try? Because I want to do the repair install as my last resort.
Visit the following web site and read through it;

http://www.how-to-uninstall-program....installer.html

I advise against using 3rd party tools in these situations. Many of them are nothing more than snake oil. There is a FixIt download link (see image) which is a MS tool in the article; it may be worth a try.

Something wrong with Taskbar ("performance" slow/lagging)-removal-tool.jpg

HTH


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