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Windows 7: Fresh Windows 7 x64 install is ridiculously laggy.

26 Oct 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
Fresh Windows 7 x64 install is ridiculously laggy.

Hello everyone!

I have a Vaio VPCEA with Intel core i5 @ 2.53Ghz, 6GB RAM running 64 bit Windows 7 Home premium.

As you can see it's quite a decent laptop, but it's really laggy, it's slow, even creating a folder on the desktop can take much more than usual. Now its not like this all the time, but most of the time, when doing more complicated things than writing on forums, there is slow responsiveness.

So my question is: is there a way to optimize my system, or should I perform a clean install (and more importantly, how do I make it so it really formats my system completely, I mean wipe everything, so I start really fresh this time) ?

It all started when I wiped the original setup it came in, and installed Ubuntu as the one and only OS. After a couple months I decided I needed Windows 7 for, well, entertainment as well as educational purposes.

So having no disc to restore my system from, I proceeded to download Win7 ultimate x64 from a popular torrent site, and installed it alright. I can't recall if the lag appeared right away, but it was definitely bugging me after a while, and I blamed it on the tons of drivers I had to install on my system (downloaded straight from the vaio VPCEA esupport page). So after doing a second fresh install, I was still not happy with how slow my computer was.. the problem was beyond responsiveness... it was SLOW.

I quit using the laptop from frustration and used the home desktop computer for a while, then, I decided if I completely wiped the system with a fresh win7 home premium x64 install (downloaded from tpb).

I formatted the partitions using the prompt in the install process, which was pretty fast, considering my previous experiences with formatting, but the boot disc said it was alright. And indeed it was, I had a fresh win7 install, and proceeded to install all the necessary drivers (checking them on Device Manager).

I still can't imagine running iTunes with my 80G+ music library on it without having to wait 10 seconds for each song I choose to play.

Maybe a hardware check is necessary, but I'm still hoping it's a software problem caused by my n00b win7 installs.

I appreciate your time and help! Really do!

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26 Oct 2011   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

I would download a legit Windows 7 install DVD image and burn it. Install with no product key. You'll have 30 days evaluation to see if it works before purchase.
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26 Oct 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

I have a product key... can you provide a legit link to dl?

The thing is, the installs have been legit, free of activators or any hacks. I just use the win7 product key at the bottom of my laptop. I don't think that's the problem, but I might as well...
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26 Oct 2011   #4

Windows 7 32 bit

If you have a legit copy then fine. The mention of torrent made it sound like a crack. So to the performance issue. Did you by any chance do a quick format after having a Linux file system on the disk?

It's been my experience that especially when you change the file system type it's a good idea to slow format. If you had Ubuntu on then I'd take a guess it was running on ext3 or ext4 file system.
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26 Oct 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64

Is there an option to slow format through the DVD image? Because the last time I installed windows I didn't find an option to perform a clean install, or slow format. I selected each partition and clicked format, but it happened pretty fast, so I wasn't convinced the install was that clean. Can you walk me through the slow formatting?

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27 Oct 2011   #6

Windows 7 32 bit

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to boot computer directly to manage partition.

I would burn the Partition Wizard bootable CD

Format Partition - Partition Wizard Help

After formatting mark the partition where you are going to install as Active. When you boot the install disc it should see it and offer to install there.
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