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Windows 7: Windows 7 lagging badly and very slow


13 Oct 2012   #21

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Sounds to me like you've got a bad install. With that being said, you have two options.

The first one, is to do a clean install. You mentioned that you already did one, did you use the factory disc or partition to restore? If so then that probably just restored the crapware as well. You should download an official Windows 7 ISO and install with that (using your OEM product key to activate).

The other option is to remove factory bloatware and fix your current install. Download PC Decrapifier to remove factory bloatware. Then, follow this tutorial to optimize your system.

I also recommend removing ZoneAlarm. Personally I don't see a reason to use anything more than the built-in Windows 7 firewall. For AV software, choose one of Microsoft Security Essentials, Avira AntiVir Free, or Avast! free.

Good luck !

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13 Oct 2012   #22

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Well Sammy we all had to learn the hard way mate even I managed to wreck a Dell XP I just loved by trying all that sort of stuff especially those mag disks they give away ( I wonder why LOL!!)

Never mind at least you have admitted to making the mistakes a lot hate doing that beats me why.

By the by if you are looking for a good free net security Comodo Premium is really good I put it on fixes for my workmates who don't earn as much as I do and cannot afford a paid for.
http://www.comodo.com/products/free-products.php

If you are up for a paid for I have had Kaspersky Internet Security for years and it has the very best online banking feature mate - I pau on avergae about $0.13 a day for mine. But they are always giving out good deals.
I'm just shifting over to 2013 shortly as my 2012 runs out on one machine. If you want it try it for a month and if configing it is a problem just PM me. Oh and Comodo too if you like. Link for KIS is
http://www.kaspersky.com/ > not the Pure though bit fiddly.
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14 Oct 2012   #23

windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Well Sammy we all had to learn the hard way mate even I managed to wreck a Dell XP I just loved by trying all that sort of stuff especially those mag disks they give away ( I wonder why LOL!!)

Never mind at least you have admitted to making the mistakes a lot hate doing that beats me why.

By the by if you are looking for a good free net security Comodo Premium is really good I put it on fixes for my workmates who don't earn as much as I do and cannot afford a paid for.
PC Security, PC Internet Security, Free Desktop PC Security Protection

If you are up for a paid for I have had Kaspersky Internet Security for years and it has the very best online banking feature mate - I pau on avergae about $0.13 a day for mine. But they are always giving out good deals.
I'm just shifting over to 2013 shortly as my 2012 runs out on one machine. If you want it try it for a month and if configing it is a problem just PM me. Oh and Comodo too if you like. Link for KIS is
Kaspersky Lab US | Antivirus Computer Security > not the Pure though bit fiddly.
I did love wrecking XP only to fix it again....Windows 7 is very very good and doesn't muck up so easy Good old days... Oh and I did love those mag cds.

I have comodo free firewall and avast on my system, very pleased with them as they are not cpu or ram hoggers. Just love the geek stuff always have and always will
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14 Oct 2012   #24

Windows 8 Pro x64; Win 7 Home Premium x64 SP1 on VirtualBox
 
 

Comodo is decent software and it would be my choice for a 3rd party firewall. But now I'm only running MSE and Windows 7 firewall and have been virus-free for over a year .
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14 Oct 2012   #25

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Well from a year of testing it I often wonder why a fair number of people go just the Comodo firewall and not just the whole hog as it were. Plus I have never had one fix back where I have used this suite for any problems other thatn the HDD letting go etc and certainly not because the CIS has let anything through.
Doesn't make a great of sense to me and make of that what anyone will. To be absolutely blunt if I did not like Kaspersky because I still think it is the best I would have Comodo Premium end of story.
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17 Oct 2012   #26

Windows 7 (64 bit)
 
 

Hi Mut, & everyone else. My first thread.
Mut, I have the same computer & the same problem
First off, I don't claim to be a computer genius (go easy on me )
I don't believe it to be a software issue.
My was going great, until.....hard drive shat itself.
Replaced HDD, was good for a 1 month maybe, then started slowing up.....it's exactly as you described it.
A professional told me it was a HDD problem (again?). The originals were Toshiba HDD's. I told him to get rid of the Toshiba drive and replace it with a Seagate drive.
Same problem....new HDD didn't do a thing.
I was interested to see if you have achieved any improvement yet Mut??
I will look through the above info/suggestions to help sort this crap out.
Cheers
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17 Oct 2012   #27

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hello and welcome Beermano too.

Well did some scratching around came up with the support site if you want to take a look Mut this is about the closest I can see to your problem
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c01857699&tmp_task=solveCategory&cc=au&dlc=en&jumpid=reg_r1002_auen_c-001_title_r0001&lc=en&product=5041133

Maybe just out of pure coincidence both machines came from a rogue batch??

One thing Mut if you can try a making a bootable disk for Ubuntu change the BIOS to boot from the opto and if that runs ok then it will maybe sort of rule out problems with the RAM NB and SB graphics etc worth a try.

By the by have you tried running Speccy or something like it to check temps in the system?
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17 Oct 2012   #28

Windows 7 (64 bit)
 
 

Thanks for replying ICit2lol. I,ll hopefully get some time over the weekend to look into it a bit deeper.
I might let the professional bloke look at it again, as I believe he might owe me some labour , from not fixing it the first time.
Cheers
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17 Oct 2012   #29

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Beermano View Post
Thanks for replying ICit2lol. I,ll hopefully get some time over the weekend to look into it a bit deeper.
I might let the professional bloke look at it again, as I believe he might owe me some labour , from not fixing it the first time.
Cheers
Yeah mate I reckon the support for a lot of the brands now id pretty ordinary.

I had my first Toshiba (A200) from a dealer in Orange and the HDD carked it two weeks after the warranty ran out and well you would have thought they could have swung something but swung it my way to the tune of $500 for a 500GB (in 1998) drive - not impressed. Like a fool I bought a L550 from them a while later and it never ran right from day one had a local forum member and I tearing out hair out as they reckoned it was ok still to cut a very long story short I now have a 120G Samsung 830 in it and it flies. But Toshiba again ummm don't think so.

I do a fair nit of fixing for workmates and friends all who don't earn that much (I work for NSW Health) and most of the machine I get are yep Toshiba's and usually full of Apple ad that social networking rubbish.


Anyway let us know how you get on ok?

John
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18 Oct 2012   #30
Microsoft MVP

 

If hardware tests are clean then it can't be assumed to be a hardware problem until you've gotten a perfect baseline Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 following the best practices, methods and using the tools which work best with Windows 7.

The thread is replete with references to tools, methods and practices which are known to ruin Windows 7 and not recommended by anyone here. Until that's dealt with hardware is just another of the Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

Sorry to hear about the early problems with Toshiba as they seem to have a pretty good product now, but no factory preinstall is optimal Windows 7, but rather inherently corrupt.
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