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Windows 7: New install of Windows 7 running very slowly

04 Mar 2012   #1
jcaswell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
New install of Windows 7 running very slowly

My wifes machine has been running increasingly slowly, and I thought that I would reinstall the OS, and take the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 7 from XP. I carried out the analysis and the results suggested that it would be OK to upgrade.

I have done the upgrade, and in a system that has the bare OS and nothing more, it is running agonisingly slowly - can anyone suggest what I should do to find out why? It could be that the system is not powerful enough to operate - it has the following:
143GB storage (97GB free after the install)
Intel Celeron 2.93 Ghz chip
2 GB RAM

Any thoughts from anyone?


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04 Mar 2012   #2
mdenner

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

I think if you upgrade the ram to 4GB and a little faster (if you can) should do the trick. 2 GB isnt really adequate for running Windows 7 in my opinion. I had an older computer and I went from XP to WIN7 and it was sluggish. Upgraded to 4GB and it seemed to fix my situation.
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04 Mar 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Well, with 46GBs on your disk that is not an OS only. Did you make an upgrade install or a clean install. And upgrade install would give you all the old problems. Try a clean install: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version Make sure you first save all your data to an external drive.
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04 Mar 2012   #4
jcaswell

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I used the windows unload system from xp to copy my data. I then clean loaded windows 7 and reloaded my data back on using the reload facility. I have not loaded Office or any other application except for Avast! as anti-virus.
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04 Mar 2012   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For a test, disable all your startup programs (in msconfig > startup tab) and see what happens. How many startup programs do you have. The only one required is your AV program, but depending what that is, it can be a pain by itself. I am not familiar with Avast, so I don't really know how much it could slow the system.

You should, of course, understand that you are running on a vintage system with little RAM and a slow CPU (and probably also a slow disk). That in itself will not promote things.

With a SSD you could really boost performance. But that is a matter of finances.
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