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Windows 7: Windows 7 Impossibly Slow

14 May 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home 64bit
Windows 7 Impossibly Slow

Aloha all,

I have had incredible problems since this afternoon. My less than 1 month old system, which was quite fast and would boot up in under 30 seconds, has slowed to a crawl. Boot now takes several minutes, and I am not certain it actually finishes as I've noticed that Steam usually won't load. Any actions (even the Start Menu) take at least several seconds to execute; some won't fire for a couple minutes. Firefox and Windows Explorer are so slow as to be practically unusable. Also, Norton Internet Security doesn't load as active (that is, the icon in the hidden icons box has a red X instead of a green Check). The Action Center program, when activated, tells me that it has been disabled; no amount of turning it on will change this.

Safe Mode works just fine; there are no performance issues there. I have attempted to use System Restore twice (backing up to configs from the 12th and then the 10th), but both attempts failed. On both occasions it told me that an unspecified error occurred (0xc0000022). Then, after restarting in safe mode yet again, it said it was successful. I also removed everything other than Norton from the list in msconfig. This did not seem to do anything. The Startup Folder contains nothing other than an HP utilities program.

I have noticed a couple of odd occurrences prior to today. A couple of days ago NetGear's wireless card program loaded like I'd just installed it. The Aero theme occasionally has reset its colour scheme as well over the past week, after I'd had system hangs that forced me to hit the reset button. There were three such events if I recall. Never thought much of any of them as things worked normally afterwards.

Windows 7 Home 64bit (Build 7600)
Core i7 3.06 CPU
Asus Rampage III Gene Motherboard
12 GB RAM (Kingston Hyper-X DDR3 1600)
EVGA GeForce GTX 470 (Fermi) 1280MB 320-bit GDDR5
Intel X25-M 80GB MLC SSD
WD Caviar Black 1 TB HDD
NetGear Wireless card

My System SpecsSystem Spec

14 May 2011   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)

Have you checked for any spyware with MalWareBytes (FreeWare Version) ?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 May 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home 64bit

Not yet...just downloaded it. I turned of a bunch of stuff in the startup list of msconfig (which I just discovered by accident) that wasn't in the Startup Folder. My guess is that something in there was causing the hiccup. Going though bit by bit to see what it may have been.

Things are running rather more smoothly, although the problems with Norton are still alarming. I will run the Malwarebytes and see what it turns up.

[Update] It appears that Steam was causing the problems. Aggravating, but not the end of the world for now as I'm off my Shogun 2 kick. I will happily punt on this issue for now...
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16 May 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP


Many performance problems are solved here by uninstalling Norton and installing one of the free lightweight AV's to run with the Windows 7 firewall like Avast or MS Security Essentials.

Some basic Windows 7 troubleshooting steps
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