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Windows 7: WTF, My Windows 7 machine has slowed down significantly

04 Dec 2009   #1
onlinespending

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
WTF, My Windows 7 machine has slowed down significantly

I have had Windows 7 installed on my laptop since early September (I had early access to a final build copy through IEEE). Everything was fine to start, but about a month ago it has just slowed to a halt.

Boot up time is longer and the initial startup after logging in is painfully slow. When I start Firefox as my first program, it literally takes 30 - 60 seconds just to open up. The entire system is often times unresponsive and slow. Just this morning I continually clicked on the eject icon on the taskbar, so that I could safely remove my USB stick and it never even responded or opened. I gave up in frustration.

I don't know if this is just Windows bloat or if there's some background process that is causing this. I even ran msconfig.msc to remove a lot of unnecessary startup processes and it still hasn't helped. There's no excuse for programs to take a full minute just to pop up the first window upon execution. Clearly something is wrong. I'm tempted to reinstall the Windows 7 again, but then I'm just setting myself up for the same problems a month or so after I reinstall it.

Is anyone else experiencing this? Any suggestions? I had better performance from Vista.


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04 Dec 2009   #2
Crispy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1 (Build 6.1.7601)
 
 

Try this: CCleaner - Home
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04 Dec 2009   #3
Wii Master 64

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Did you do an inplace upgrade or custom install? I did a custom install and everything works great. Maybe you have a virus?
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04 Dec 2009   #4
onlinespending

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Yeah, I do have a resident virus scanner, but i should run a full scan just to check. I also will run ccleaner to eliminate the registry or other bloat being the cause. I'll report back. Thanks.
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04 Dec 2009   #5
dave1812

Win7
 
 

Yeah, first thing I think of with those symptoms is a virus. Not that yopur issue is always a result of viruses. Try running 2 or 3 virus checkers. some run from the web.
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04 Dec 2009   #6
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hi Welcome to Seven Forum,

You can try this article http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ndows-7-a.html

Hope that helps
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04 Dec 2009   #7
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
Yeah, first thing I think of with those symptoms is a virus.
Thats funny...I always think of an antivirus with those symptoms. Sometimes the cure is worse then the disease...
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04 Dec 2009   #8
dave1812

Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dave1812 View Post
Yeah, first thing I think of with those symptoms is a virus.
Thats funny...I always think of an antivirus with those symptoms. Sometimes the cure is worse then the disease...
I don't have speed issues using either AVAST or NIS or NAV. Start/shutdown times are longer, but overall usage, my PC's are peppy.
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04 Dec 2009   #9
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Post a screenshot of your msconfig startup tab, installed programs, and begin updating your drivers - use the guide in my sig.
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04 Dec 2009   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

Run Avast boot scan. Then Spybot in Safe Mode. Then you can check off infections.

CCleaner DIsk and Registry clean as mentioned, then the free Auslogics defraggers are state of the art. The p.c. is then unquestionably cleaned and ordered.

Run msconfig and uncheck everything in startup tab except your AV and gadgets/stikynotes if you use em. Anything else is a freeloader on CPU/RAM and can start when you click it.

Can you System Restore before the problem started?
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