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Windows 7: New Installation Running Unusably Slow

22 Oct 2009   #1
bloewen

Windows 7
 
 
New Installation Running Unusably Slow

I just did a clean install of Windows 7 from a legitimate copy of Windows 7 professional (obtained on academic license through MSDNAA). However, it is running unbelievably slow. It works, but whenever I launch an application or really do anything, it sits and waits for at least 10 minutes. The HDD light isn't on, and it doesn't really look like it is doing anything at all.

Any thoughts?

PC:
Pentium D 805 2.66GHz
2 GB DDR2 RAM
MSI motherboard w/ ATI Xpress 200 chipset
Saphire Radeon X1550 256MB Graphics Card
Pinnacle Systems Firewire card
1 40GB IDE HDD (used as system drive)
1 250GB SATA HDD


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22 Oct 2009   #2
Steven72555

XP Pro Dual booting with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

and you loaded updated chipset drivers?
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22 Oct 2009   #3
bloewen

Windows 7
 
 

I can't really load any drivers because Windows operates too slowly to get anything done.
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22 Oct 2009   #4
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

well it's got to be worth trying a reinstall...sorry that i haven't got any magical quick fixes.

did your install start doing this straight away, or only after you installed something else?
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22 Oct 2009   #5
bloewen

Windows 7
 
 

This was the behaviour right off the start. I've tried reinstalling 3 times. I even tried re-downloading the install .iso and re-burning it, to no avail.

Also, I tried it on a different machine and it works just fine there, so it has to be a problem with my computer.

I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this before and, if so, what they found it to be in that case.
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22 Oct 2009   #6
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

ok, there are a lot of knowledgable members on this forum, so wait around and hopefully someone will be along who can help.
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22 Oct 2009   #7
mazuk

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Maybe a hardware conflict? have you checked device manager..?
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22 Oct 2009   #8
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bloewen View Post
This was the behaviour right off the start. I've tried reinstalling 3 times. I even tried re-downloading the install .iso and re-burning it, to no avail.

Also, I tried it on a different machine and it works just fine there, so it has to be a problem with my computer.

I'm wondering if anyone has experienced this before and, if so, what they found it to be in that case.
does it do the same in safe boot mode? hit f8 repeated when booting

Ken
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22 Oct 2009   #9
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Bloewen, a couple of suggestions:
- If you can install the gadget that tells you how much CPU and memory are being used. Does it show hte CPU at or close to 100%
- Try to create a dump file which should tell what is hanging the system.
(Copyright H2SO4)
- Fire up Task Manager
- Find and highlight the Explorer process on the Processes tab
- As soon as you can, right-click Explorer in TM and select "create dump file". It'll dump some Explorer memory into a DMP file and pop up a window with the path info.
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22 Oct 2009   #10
bloewen

Windows 7
 
 

There doesn't seem to be any appreciable CPU usage.

Things work fine for a little while, and then they just stop for 10 minutes.

I've tried disabling the Aero theme as well as changing the appearance settings to maximum performance, all to no avail.

I've tried disabling every device I don't need to boot and still no change.
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