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Windows 7: Using Win 7 excruciatingly slow - help or advice sought

26 Sep 2012   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The Bad Pool Header involving the ntoskrnl.exe file is usually from an error on the OS drive. When installing the 7 RC on a drive removed from an external casing(WD Essentials Green Power 500gb) I ran into every problem with anything being run due to what? The drive itself! The energy savers do not make good OS drives to begin with!

Other then that being the first 7 install on an old P4 board I wouldn't see any other thing in particular why the 32bit 7 wouldn't run. You may still want a good run of memtest just the same to rule out any bad ram with the DDR400 memory you have in the old case there. Bad Ram or simply seeing a bad incomplete Windows install is often the case with older hardwares while the old Socket A case I tossed 7 onto fast ran like a charm!

The web page going white and anything similar with a Windows Explorer window would suggest it was time for a clean install if you are running into that type of problem too frequently. Other then that occasionly you may have a fluke of something trying to load sideways into memory.

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26 Sep 2012   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit
 
 

I did run memtest for the past 2 days and memory seems to checkout. I've also uninstalled Avira as suggested by karlsnooks and installed MSE.

You think the Corsair SSD might have an issue? I don't mind installing 7 all over again but it did seem to go smooth the first time.

I'm going to do a driver check one more time before I do anything else.
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27 Sep 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit
 
 

Update:

Replacing Avira with MSE led to a bit of an improvement.

Went through all the drivers and 7 had reverted some to it's own. Updated them again after turning off auto update and we are rocking!!! Mostly storage and usb controller drivers.

Not exactly a rocket but not so much of a slouch.

Don't have to revert to XP!!!

Thanks NH for your help and insight!!

Now to attempt a BIOS update. Any suggestions for the AFUDOS method?
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27 Sep 2012   #14

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Often if there isn't any Live update option seen for a particular bios I always used a WinFlash update if available. You can look into backing up the present bios as well while many boards now see that option as a setting in the setup. A backup when using the old floppy method was a smart move in years past while newer bioses are generally easier to work with.
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