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Windows 7: Computer lags every couple seconds


16 Dec 2010   #61
Microsoft MVP

 
Win7 Basic Troubleshooting Steps

If Windows 7 will not start, follow these steps: Desktop problem


Check for infection by installing Malwarebytes, update, run a Full Scan - in Safe Mode if necessary. Many issues can be solved by running a free lightweight AV like MS Security Essentials with the Windows 7 Firewall for best performance.

Establish a Clean Boot by unchecking everything in msconfig>Startup except AV: Startup Programs - Change. After reboot enter msconfig>Services, check the box to Hide All MS Services, repeat above. Check back periodically that nothing has written itself in to either list, turn it off in its Program Preferences or Uninstall it. Freeloaders slow startup, can be a drag on CPU/RAM, cause issues and spy on you. If you have a question about an item google to find out what it does.

Study the Event Viewer>Custom>Admin view for repeat errors to google text and ID# for resolution. Check also the Performance log on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking your WEI score link at Computer>Properties. Check for cued issues at top of Tools page, Generate A System Health Report.

Look for issues cued in Action Center in System Tray. Type "Solutions" in Start Search box to see if any have been sent for Problems reported or not. Always report problems when asked as Windows 7 is interactive this way.

Test your hardware by running memtest86 CD for 5-6 passes or overnight: RAM - Test with Memtest86+, then test the HD using maker's diag/repair full CD scan: Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp. followed by full Disk Check.

Check all cabling is securely connected and in good condition, try reinstalling hardware, unplug extra HD's, peripherals, CD/DVD drive to see if problems disappear. Remove any floppy drive.

Check temps for overheating by installing SpeedFan, blow dust out of the case using canned air or clean out laptop dust, check all connections carefully avoiding static discharge to components by touching case first, upgrade or reseat RAM.

Check for any errors in Device Manager. Enable hardware auto-updating to be sure you're getting the latest drivers via optional Windows Updates. Any missing drivers can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your computer or device model.

Check for newer display driver, or roll back to the previous verison or try another Windows 7 or Vista driver. Turn off or uninstall the accompanying software package.

Some of these steps suggested for cleaning up a factory bloatware install might help.

Run SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to repair any damaged or corrupt OS files.

As a last resort before reinstall try a Repair Install which can fix most problems as it reinstalls the OS while keeping all programs, files and settings in place.

Tips for a clean reinstall, which is actually better than getting a new computer with today's bloated factory pre-installs.

To find a location listed above, type it in Start Search Box.

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19 Dec 2010   #62

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 

I have a constant error or reminder on the bottom right hand side of the window. It is a flag with a red X - insert removable media for backup. I have done the backup, but it keeps giving me that red flag - they started backing up on the computer itself and said it ran out of room. Is that something that could be causing it to be slow? If not, can you tell me how to get rid of that error and then I will continue on with the above. I can't remember now but the log wanted me to install some manufacturers thing - I will explain it all after you tell me about the red flag.
Thanks.
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30 Jan 2011   #63
Microsoft MVP

 

It's likely you have scheduled backup which cannot run due to external being unplugged, causing the Action Center notification.

Enter Backup Center (type backup into Start search) to adjust the schedule to when it is more convenient for you to have backup plugged in. You may not want to schedule backup, but just run it occasionally. If you schedule it, it's best to keep external plugged in.

You can also open the Action Center and tell it not to notify you about this or any other items posted.
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30 Aug 2011   #64

Windows 7 SP1
 
 

Ive done all that to no avail Im afraid
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30 Aug 2011   #65

Windows 7 Home Premium SP 1, 32-bit
 
 
Its still there

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
It's likely you have scheduled backup which cannot run due to external being unplugged, causing the Action Center notification.

Enter Backup Center (type backup into Start search) to adjust the schedule to when it is more convenient for you to have backup plugged in. You may not want to schedule backup, but just run it occasionally. If you schedule it, it's best to keep external plugged in.

You can also open the Action Center and tell you not to notify you about this or any other items posted.

I did everything you said but I still have the X there saying "insert removable media
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12 Apr 2012   #66

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Well I have just seen the link and hope to try out these steps tomorrow then I will let you know
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12 Apr 2012   #67

Karnataka
 
 
Perform the following to increase your system performance

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by senthil View Post
try uninstalling all the anti-virus and male-ware software s installed in your system!! and also remove all the unnecessary start-up entry then restart your system ...let us know.. what is the result..
1.go to run -->msconfig -->under services tab -->enable hide all microsoft services check box and look for remaining services- unwanted services are running uncheck it.And in startup tab -Check for needed startup items to run incase any unwanted items are there unchcek them .

after doing above changes system will prompt for option to restart (dont restart the machine until you done with below steps go for restart)

2. type "prefetch" (without quotes) delete all the data in prefetch window

3. type "dllcache" (without quotes) delete all the data in dllcache window

4. type "temp" (without quotes) delete all the data in temp window

5.type "recent" (without quotes) delete all the data in recent window

Regads
Bhargav
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10 Jun 2012   #68

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

hey I had the same problem and I just unplug all of the HD cables and I placed an other... unfortunetly it wasnt working.Then I sed "hey I will plug the other again and go to seven forums to check if there is any solutions". It was still lagging at sturtup and it was evrything like before BUT when I did log-in it showed me an windows update massage that it was saying "sata drive updated" and then a window pop up "windows need restart to apply these settings" so I restarted my pc and here I am without a single lag try it. I did it randomly and it worked so its not guaranteed that it will work.. I hope for the best
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