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Windows 7: Programs lag and NOT RESPONDING

10 Aug 2014   #1
L745

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
Programs lag and NOT RESPONDING

Every time I open a program it always lags and most of the time it displays "Not Responding." Almost all of my programs exhibit this. What is the cause of this and how can I fix it? I don't know much yet about computers, so please explain it in a way I would understand. Thank you so much!


My System SpecsSystem Spec
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10 Aug 2014   #2
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L745 View Post
Every time I open a program it always lags and most of the time it displays "Not Responding." Almost all of my programs exhibit this. What is the cause of this and how can I fix it? I don't know much yet about computers, so please explain it in a way I would understand. Thank you so much!
What's using the 5.3 GB of ram? You can use "Task Manager" or download and use "Process Explorer" to see a list of programs and system processes.

The following link provides information on "Task Manager"

How to use the Windows Task Manager

HTH
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10 Aug 2014   #3
rage

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L745 View Post
Every time I open a program it always lags and most of the time it displays "Not Responding." Almost all of my programs exhibit this. What is the cause of this and how can I fix it? I don't know much yet about computers, so please explain it in a way I would understand. Thank you so much!

I also had a problem with this happening. on my pc I had too many things running on startup. if yours is the same reason, to stop certain things from starting upon startup click on start menu an on the search bar type msconfig an hit enter. go to the startup tab, uncheck anything you don't need to startup when you turn on the pc.

(note if the program has a unknown manufacturer it is best to uncheck it. and if the manufacturer is Microsoft then it is wise to leave it checked. anything else is usually user preference. )

hope this helps
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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10 Aug 2014   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L745 View Post
Every time I open a program it always lags and most of the time it displays "Not Responding." Almost all of my programs exhibit this. What is the cause of this and how can I fix it? I don't know much yet about computers, so please explain it in a way I would understand. Thank you so much!
The first thing I would do would be to scan your computer for viruses and malware. An infection can cause the problems you're seeing.

This is a very good malware checking tool:

Malwarebytes | Free Anti-Malware Detection & Removal Software


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
What's using the 5.3 GB of ram?
The OP's system spec says the computer is using a 32 bit version of Windows.
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11 Aug 2014   #5
L745

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Sir George View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L745 View Post
Every time I open a program it always lags and most of the time it displays "Not Responding." Almost all of my programs exhibit this. What is the cause of this and how can I fix it? I don't know much yet about computers, so please explain it in a way I would understand. Thank you so much!
What's using the 5.3 GB of ram? You can use "Task Manager" or download and use "Process Explorer" to see a list of programs and system processes.

The following link provides information on "Task Manager"

How to use the Windows Task Manager

HTH
Thank you for the Link!!! I'll search for what's using the 5.3 GB of ram..
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11 Aug 2014   #6
L745

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rage View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L745 View Post
Every time I open a program it always lags and most of the time it displays "Not Responding." Almost all of my programs exhibit this. What is the cause of this and how can I fix it? I don't know much yet about computers, so please explain it in a way I would understand. Thank you so much!

I also had a problem with this happening. on my pc I had too many things running on startup. if yours is the same reason, to stop certain things from starting upon startup click on start menu an on the search bar type msconfig an hit enter. go to the startup tab, uncheck anything you don't need to startup when you turn on the pc.

(note if the program has a unknown manufacturer it is best to uncheck it. and if the manufacturer is Microsoft then it is wise to leave it checked. anything else is usually user preference. )

hope this helps
I have tried unchecking some of the items running during start up.. and somehow my start up became a little smoother.. but now it has gotten worse again.. and also, i'm not familiar with most of the items in the start up tab so i just leave it there unchanged..
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11 Aug 2014   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

L745 Please explain your 8 gigs of ram on a Windows 7/32 bit.

Could you also post a picture of msconfig/Start up.

Here is a tutorial by Brink for the preferred way to post a screen shot.

Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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12 Aug 2014   #8
rage

windows 7 home premium 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L745 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rage View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by L745 View Post
Every time I open a program it always lags and most of the time it displays "Not Responding." Almost all of my programs exhibit this. What is the cause of this and how can I fix it? I don't know much yet about computers, so please explain it in a way I would understand. Thank you so much!

I also had a problem with this happening. on my pc I had too many things running on startup. if yours is the same reason, to stop certain things from starting upon startup click on start menu an on the search bar type msconfig an hit enter. go to the startup tab, uncheck anything you don't need to startup when you turn on the pc.

(note if the program has a unknown manufacturer it is best to uncheck it. and if the manufacturer is Microsoft then it is wise to leave it checked. anything else is usually user preference. )

hope this helps
I have tried unchecking some of the items running during start up.. and somehow my start up became a little smoother.. but now it has gotten worse again.. and also, i'm not familiar with most of the items in the start up tab so i just leave it there unchanged..

another thing that could be is that you need to do a (disk cleanup) and (disk defragmenter) easy way to get to it is just type it in the search bar in the start menu.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Aug 2014   #9
L745

windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
For Rage and Layback Bear

@Layback Bear: Ok i'll post my msconfig.. For the explanation part, i'll just post the specs of my laptop..

@rage: I always do a diskcleanup and my disk is 0% fragmented..
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12 Aug 2014   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

You will not be able to run 8 gigs of ram on a Windows 32 system.
If you want to run more that 4 gigs you will need a Windows 7 64 bit system.

From your specs.

Quote:
Memory 8 GB (2.7 GB usable)
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