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Windows 7: Windows 7 Slowdown


29 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 
Windows 7 Slowdown

Hello again.

My Windows-7 seems prone to slow down to a crawl if I neglect to clear out temporary files and so on regularly (CCleaner, Glary Utils etc).

My XP machines do not seem to suffer from this problem.

Is it my install of Windows-7, or is this a common problem?

By slow down I mean that I can double-click on a programme icon and nothing happens until after a minute or more the programme launches; not all applications do this, some will launch normally.

When this happens, there is no resource hogging according to Task Manager.


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29 Apr 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cheemag View Post
Hello again.

My Windows-7 seems prone to slow down to a crawl if I neglect to clear out temporary files and so on regularly (CCleaner, Glary Utils etc).

My XP machines do not seem to suffer from this problem.

Is it my install of Windows-7, or is this a common problem?

By slow down I mean that I can double-click on a programme icon and nothing happens until after a minute or more the programme launches; not all applications do this, some will launch normally.

When this happens, there is no resource hogging according to Task Manager.
First, don't use any of those optimization programs (ccleaner, glary utilities). Second, you could try system restoring as shown here:System Restore
If that doesn't help, try going to start and typing in msconfig and press enter. Next, go to the startup tab. Disable everything except your antivirus and firewall (if you have something like comodo Firewall)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Apr 2012   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Temp files should not slow you down. Try a clean start and see if there is an application conflict.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

A Guy
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02 May 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by windude99 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cheemag View Post
Hello again.

My Windows-7 seems prone to slow down to a crawl if I neglect to clear out temporary files and so on regularly (CCleaner, Glary Utils etc).

My XP machines do not seem to suffer from this problem.

Is it my install of Windows-7, or is this a common problem?

By slow down I mean that I can double-click on a programme icon and nothing happens until after a minute or more the programme launches; not all applications do this, some will launch normally.

When this happens, there is no resource hogging according to Task Manager.
First, don't use any of those optimization programs (ccleaner, glary utilities).
Why not?

Quote:
Second, you could try system restoring as shown here:System Restore
System restore is turned off. I rely on a disc image to restore the system to a previous point.

Quote:
If that doesn't help, try going to start and typing in msconfig and press enter. Next, go to the startup tab. Disable everything except your antivirus and firewall (if you have something like comodo Firewall)
I don't think it's that, but I'll try that next time I use the Windows-7 machine. Thing is, it's intermittent - went all day yesterday without this happening. There's no malware there either according to Malwarebytes and Avast.

Thanks
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02 May 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Temp files should not slow you down. Try a clean start and see if there is an application conflict.

Default File Type Associations - Restore

A Guy
How do you mean, a clean start? That system where it's started with minimal services? (safe-mode?)

Thanks
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02 May 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't know how that happened, but I think A Guy meant to link to this:

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
My System SpecsSystem Spec
02 May 2012   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Sibbil Wrote:

>Don't know how that happened, but I think A Guy meant to link to this:

>Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup

That seems to refer to file associations, which isn't the problem.

The problem has just reoccurred. Apps taking minutes to come up, failing to shut down.

Both the file-cleaner programmes always lock up when they get to the deleting temporary files bit, which tends to indicate that there's something wrong in that department.

I've rebooted now and run one of the cleaners again - all went well. the temporary files were deleted and the machine behaves normally again.
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02 May 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

[QUOTE=windude99;1902353][QUOTE=Cheemag;1902346]Hello again.

Quote:
First, don't use any of those optimization programs (ccleaner, glary utilities). Second, you could try system restoring as shown here:System Restore
If that doesn't help, try going to start and typing in msconfig and press enter. Next, go to the startup tab. Disable everything except your antivirus and firewall (if you have something like comodo Firewall)
And then ?
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02 May 2012   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

When the PC is actually running slow, look at Task Manager and/or Resource Monitor. Look at running processes, RAM usage, and CPU usage to try to get some indication of what is actually using a lot of resources---RAM, CPU cycles, services, etc.
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02 May 2012   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cheemag View Post
And then ?
And then reboot and see if the problem persists, over time, if not immediately. You need little to nothing running at startup. Things have a way of creeping back into the startup list, so look there periodically.
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