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Windows 7: Windows 7 gets slow even after formatting.

19 May 2013   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1
Windows 7 gets slow even after formatting.

Ok, I got quite a big problem that's been going on for quite a lot of time now (more than one year probably). My PC looks fine for like 1 hour of formatting, after that, it gets slow "in the same way".

Like it will lag a bit when I open a program (or switch between programs), it will get real slow when I boot it (around 3 mins with just avast internet security launching during start-up).

Another slow happens when I launch to check my mails, it will 'load' for like 10 seconds after the page has actually loaded before I can start checking my e-mails, and this is not an internet speed problem, the page loads, but seems to kind of be getting ready to load the e-mails, which doesn't happen in that 1 first hour after I've formatted my PC.
Then, when there are flash contents in my firefox, firefox gets totally slow.

Another big problem is multi-tasking. If I'm installing something, it will be almost impossible to do something else.

I installed ubuntu a couple of months ago, and I only kept it for a week, but it never got slow, while with windows 7 it gets slow almost immediately. Now I could try to test dual-booting with XP to see if XP will get slow or not, because honestly I'm clueless as to what could the problem actually be.

During hard work, my (CPU I think) will make this 'grgrgrgrgrgrgr' noise which makes it look really stressed.

I would like to say that my pc is 'a bit' old (bought it almost 4 years ago), but when I first bought it, none of these problems happened, and I used windows 7 back then, so maybe it is from old age.

Bottom line, anyone got any ideas or suggestions to try, I'm out of ideas and I don't think it's normal for a PC to be that slow, given that it was not like that when I first bought it.
I'm posting a SS below with how my CPU is working during an installation and my PC basic hardware info.

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19 May 2013   #2

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601

Hmm, given your specs, you should be zipping around. Heck it's a quad-core with 6 Gb of RAM.
I have similar specs and I have no issues at all.

Can you specify what you mean by "formatting"? I think you may be calling "formatting" something that isn't formatting.
If you reformat your drive everything on it is erased and you have to reinstall Windows 7 and then all your stuff. From the screen I see that you have around 300 Gb of stuff in your primary drive.
I doubt it's something you do so light-headed.

Then, for the sake of ease of reading specs, please follow this tutorial to scan and load all your PC's specs in your profile. So that everyone here can look them up easily.

Now, with only what you said, there could be various issues:
-a failing hard drive
-missing drivers

For the first you need to know what is the model of the drive and then download the program that scans it for errors from it's manufacturer's site.

For the second, try running the PC with the case open. And possibly identify better what is the component that is doing the noise.
It is either a fan or a hard drive. If it is a fan and it is doing really a lot of noise, then changing it may be necessary, as it is a sign that it is breaking. You should have a fan over the CPU, a fan over the GPU (graphic card) and maybe a fan attached to the case. And a fan in the PSU (the box where the power cable from the wall plug attaches to).
If it is a hard drive, again this is a bad sign, it may be dying.

After you installed Windows 7 did you install all the drivers from the motherboard manufacturer's site?
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19 May 2013   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10

Sounds like it could be a heat issue. Try cleaning it out real good, and reapplying the thermal paste for your heatsink.
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19 May 2013   #4


The CPU doesn't make any noise because there are no moving parts in it. Well, the heatsink has a fan on it, but the sound you're hearing is likely the normal sounds of a hard drive.

I know that Ubuntu was working just fine, but it sounds to me like there could be something wrong with the hard drive (perhaps it's beginning to show its age and is beginning to die).

I guess it could also be driver-related, but that doesn't result in gradual slow-downs; it results in being slower than normal from the beginning.
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19 May 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

If your HDD is growling, your drive is failing.
Try this, steps 1-4 and 8.
Disk Check
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19 May 2013   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

My biggest fear is that my HDD is dying, the CPU Cooler should have no problem as I replaced it just a couple of months ago.

Yes, by formatting I mean real formatting, because at first I thought this could be caused by viruses, so I formatted many times in my desperate attempts to get my PC faster, but to no avail. I've partitioned my HDD, so I keep all my documents and projects in the other logical drive (D so I don't lose anything when I format.

Anyway, do you guys think there's any way of understanding if my HDD is dying, if I take it to a service store, can they find that out, because anything related to software I can probably do myself, but checking how HW is doing is not really my thing.
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19 May 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

See post number 5.
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19 May 2013   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1

Hmm, I've tried check-disk and the results came out fine on both of my drives
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19 May 2013   #9
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

You did have both of these boxes checked and it asked for a reboot to continue?

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19 May 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP


Work through these steps for Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7 which give you more information on testing the HD completely, checking for overheating, cleaning out the PC if needed, reading logs, establishing a Clean Boot, etc.

In addition compare the reinstall you did to the steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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