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Windows 7: Best way to speed up a slow computer

09 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 
Best way to speed up a slow computer

Hi Everyone,
I have a 2GB ram Acer Aspire One AO722 computer that has been slowing down substantially. I have a huge amount of hard drive space but it seems if I store more on it it gets slower. My question to you is what is the best software out there to speed up a computer?

The Software I Currently Have (To Not Mention):
Tweaking.com Tweaker
CCleaner
ATF Cleaner

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09 Apr 2013   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Start by checking this out:

Optimize Windows 7


How many processes are running at any given time? Use the link above in addition to deciding how many processes you need running as too many will slow your rig down. I have an old laptop with only 1 GB RAM, Intel Duo Core and 55GB HDD. I usually only have 48 processes running at rest, and when I'm online, with multiple programs opened, I only use about 5% of my CPU

Tweaking things is a tricky route to take. Some can help, but many can harm. Windows 7 is pretty well tweaked out of the box so I wouldn't do to many. Try scanning for malware with; Malwarebytes or Superantispyware to see what may be holding your system up.

That's a good place to start, the members here can help further, but until you do a few of these common steps there's no need to get too in depth, as you'd be surprised how much these things can help.
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09 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

There are many programs that promise to solve all of your computer problems and make it run faster than it ever did before. The problem is that they don't work and may in fact do a great deal of harm. Registry cleaners, optimizers, boosters, etc. do not improve performance and can do considerable harm. The should generally be avoided. And please do not run any kind of third party memory management or optimizing software. They don't work.

First you need to be sure your computer is free of malware. If that doesn't resolve the problem post a screenshot of Task Manager - Performance tab when the problem occurs. This provides a great deal of essential information.
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09 Apr 2013   #4

W7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

The best software is your brain.

Most of the time pc's get slow because of too many programs running at once. This hogs resources.

Disable most, if not all, non-Microsoft programs from startup. Also uninstall the programs you don't use.

CCleaner will do a good job of ridding your machine of left over temp files.

Too much multi-tasking also will slow things down. Just because you can open five programs at once, doesn't mean you should.

A hardware challenged graphics system is also a variable.
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09 Apr 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
 
 

I also want to know how you can speed up streaming video feeds and loading webpages faster.
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09 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 x64 (SP1)
 
 

No amount of software is going to speed up that computer. The CPU is far too under powered. However, you might have better luck with a 32bit version of Windows instead of a 64bit version.
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09 Apr 2013   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Maybe it's time for a reformat and a clean install? Or perhaps Windows 7 is too much for that machine, so that XP would be lighter alternative.
Otherwise, try removing programs at startup, keep only fundamental stuff running.
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09 Apr 2013   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I noticed your system specs show you have MS Security Essentials and AVG. It is not a good idea to have more than one anti-virus application running. This can negatively impact performance and actually reduce the protection from viruses. Performance of streaming video and browsing is primarily dependent on your Internet connection speed which is controlled by your ISP.
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09 Apr 2013   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Maybe it's time for a reformat and a clean install? Or perhaps Windows 7 is too much for that machine, so that XP would be lighter alternative.
Otherwise, try removing programs at startup, keep only fundamental stuff running.
I must be lucky b/c as I said above, I have an old Dell Latitude D820 with only 1 GB RAM, Intel Duo Core and 55GB HDD. It was designed for XP and capable for Vista, but I have 7 on it and she runs very smoothly, no lags and I have multiple programs installed as well. I keep her clean and keep the processes limited to only what I need, which I know is why it runs smoothly, which is, what I feel the most simple diagnosis to a slow PC. I open someones Task and they have 120 processes running, without even opening their web browser, then they run a flash game and it goes crazy.
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10 Apr 2013   #10

microsoft window7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Possible ways to speed up your computer


Scan for Virus and Spyware. Defragment your hard drive. Remove these programs that you don't even need. Sometimes, running multiple antivirus or antispyware can cause a severe performance problem. Upgrading RAM can speed up your computer. Registry can also have a lot of junk too so always clean your registry.
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