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Windows 7: Computer Way Too Slow

17 May 2011   #1
Jhorkster

Dual systems, Windows XP Pro and Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Computer Way Too Slow

I ran Windows XP Pro for years (on Western Digital Caviar 250mb hard drive). About 8 months ago I added a Western Digital Caviar 750mb hard drive and installed Windows 7 Pro. All went well. It gave me the option of booting to the OS of my choice. I opted for Windows 7 with the XP version as a safety backup. No problems until about two weeks ago. Windows 7 started getting slower and slower. Coincidentally, around 4-30 microsoft update tried installing the service pack 1. It failed on seven tries before finally installing. Slower than ever. I booted into the hard drive with XP and updated drivers as appropriate and then watched. Although not as slow as Win 7 it is not as fast as it should be. I have an AMD Athlon II x4 640 cpu, 4gb of ram, and was running a Gigabyte Geforce 9600GT 512I graphics card (I've since boosted that to a Gigabyte Geforce GTX 240 896). My wife's computer only has an AMD Athlon x2 5600+, 2gb of ram, and an XFX Geforce 7900GS graphics card, runs XP Pro, and is much faster than my computer at this point. I've already uninstalled the service pack, checked my ram and cpu for potential problems. Thus far, everything checks out. I was inclined to believe I had a software issue until I booted into XP and see it running slow. I'm not sure where to go from here. BTW, I have a monitor that shows cpu, ram, disk, and network usage. There are times when it is barely moving in Win 7 but the cpu shows a usage from only 1-8% and the disk is using 1-5%. Any help would be most welcome..........


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17 May 2011   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Are you talking about slow processing (e.g. when editing a video) or slowness on the internet?
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17 May 2011   #3
Jhorkster

Dual systems, Windows XP Pro and Windows 7 Pro
 
 

I don't have an internet issue. The overall speed of the computer has dramatically slowed, especially if there is any multi tasking going on..........
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17 May 2011   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hmm, with a very low CPU and Disk usage, this is a tough one. Maybe superfetch does not work. Check in Services whether it is set to "Manual"-

It may also help, if you could post a snip of the color bar (including the surrounding numbers) in Resource Monitor > Memory tab.
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17 May 2011   #5
PwnFrnzy

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
 
 

Could be a hard drive problem since the problem started soon after installing a new hard drive. Run a Check Disk to see if any problems are found.
Find "Command Prompt," right click and select "Run as Administrator."
After command prompt opens type:
chkdsk /f C:
Then restart your computer and report back to us of what Chkdsk found.
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