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Windows 7: seriously slow i7 laptop - something not right

21 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
seriously slow i7 laptop - something not right

Hey,

I need some advise as my laptop is running very slow and seems to be "plodding" along. My laptop is a 2nd Generation i7 (Sandy Bridge) with 8GB of DD3 RAM, 1GB Nvidia Graphics and a 750GB Hard Drive.

Loading the laptops takes a while even though the boot optimizer claims it takes 40 seconds to loads (definitely longer)

If I click an icon on the desktop there is a good 3 - 5 seconds delay before the machine responds and starts loading the program. Burning DVD's takes forever even though its an 8 speed DVD / Bluray combo drive.

My old PC was a custom built AMD X 2 4200 with 4GB DDR 2 RAM (4 years old) and that is faster than my laptop for booting, burning and general use of Windows.

I have tried reformating the machine with both the manufacturer recovery partition as well as just with a clean windows 7 however the same problem happens.

What do you suggest and what can I do to see where the bottleneck is forming and how to clear it?

Cheers


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21 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

First thing that jumps out at me is malware, spyware and adware on your laptop and possibly a virus. Go into safemode and run your antivirus and malware software running full scans.
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21 Oct 2012   #3

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

Agreed. Scan your system before trying anything else. Software I recommend are MSE, Malwarebytes, and Superantispyware. If you go with MSE make sure to remove your current anti-virus first (never have more than one real-time antivirus program).
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21 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

Hey,

Tried that you both kindly suggested and its still the same :-(

Added on MSE on, removed Avast and installed Malwarebyte
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21 Oct 2012   #5

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

Are you running the original OEM installation? Sounds to me like it could be a bad install. You've removed all the crapware right?

If you can find the time, then I highly suggest you do a clean install Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM. I do this with every new computer and have never had a problem .

EDIT: Just read that you already tried a clean install. In that case, it sounds like this could be a bigger problem than I thought.
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21 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 

its strange isn't it ? surely the computer should be running quicker than it is - I though it was me.

How can I view potential bottlenecks (is that even possible with windows 7?)
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21 Oct 2012   #7

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

Don't know if this will solve your problem, but for starters, check out the stuff here. Create a system health report at the bottom and post the results.

Also make sure you've done everything in the Optimize Windows 7 tutorial.
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