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Windows 7: All programs "not responding"

28 Dec 2013   #1
pavman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
All programs "not responding"

Hello, Windows7 Forums:

I am trying to save a friend's Toshiba Satellite laptop that IT has told her to throw away. It is a 64-bit machine with a 2GHZ Pentium with 4 GB RAM. Up until 6 months or so, it was running fine. Now, every program lags with "not responding" issues that each run many seconds. Everything is slow, even opening programs from the Start button. I have run CCleaner on it, IObit's Advanced System Care, I have tried Selective Startup, a clean boot, an SFC/SCANNOW, nothing works for very long. The thing will be quick for a minute or so...I will think it is fixed and "not responding" reappears. Help.


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28 Dec 2013   #2
indianacarnie

 

Welcome to the forums!

First , ditch the "Advanced System Care", snake oil pure and simple with the potential to REALLY screw things up. I'm assuming you've ran you Anti-Virus in safe mode/at boot, correct? I would also suggest a sfc/scannow in safe mode. Have you considered a Repair Install or even a clean install? We have many fine tutorials here at the forums, here's a couple that walks you through those options.

Repair Install

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Clean Install Windows 7

This last one gives a link to a official download source for a Windows .iso, all you'll need is your COA from the sticker.
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28 Dec 2013   #3
pavman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thanks Indianacarnie. I will try those tomorrow. I had no idea Advanced...was junk. CCleaner is legit? I haven't tried anything in safe mode, will try anti-virus and sfc/scannow, thanks. Will let you know the results. Thanks again.
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28 Dec 2013   #4
indianacarnie

 

No problem, I or someone is always here. I'll check back throughout the day tomorrow. Yes Ccleaner is legit and very highly recommended. ASC (whatever number) and its kin has caused more problems/posts here (and other forums) than any other type of software. You can do everything it does yourself easier and much more safely.

Make sure you run the sfc/scannow as an Admin.!
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29 Dec 2013   #5
pavman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

OK. I have run sfc/scannow three times as admin in safe mode w/networking, no errors found, nothing fixed. I ran a quick scan with MS Essentials, nothing, now in the second hour of a full scan. I downloaded on another computer the ISO that I think I will need for a Repair Install although I don't have the registration key that I sustpect I will need to do that. Is that key in some hidden file you can help me find?
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29 Dec 2013   #6
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

The product key will be on the COA sticker fixed beneath the laptop (or sometimes inside the battery compartment)

It looks similar to this:

All programs "not responding"-coa-stickers.gif


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29 Dec 2013   #7
pavman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Bingo, thanks for that Golden. Looks like the full scan will take 5 hours or so before I will be able to try the Repair Install. Thanks again.
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29 Dec 2013   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

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31 Dec 2013   #9
pavman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I am screwed. It took over 12 hours of the Repair Install to stop at 66% at the next to last step and then tell me it failed. It has now been sitting on this screen for well over an hour: "The upgrade was not successful. Your previous version of Windows is being restored. Do not restart your computer during this time." It is not stuck, I can still move my mouse and the green bar continues to move on the bottom of the screen...any suggestions? I am now thinking it is hardware since the install took so long before failing but I haven't seen any indication of any hardware failure anywhere.
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31 Dec 2013   #10
pavman

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Help! This thing is still doing whatever restoring the old Windows. What will happen if I shut it down??
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