I only ever seem to post on these forums when I have issues- and here I am again!
Ever since I've installed Windows 7 (upgraded from the RC), I've found things to be incredibly slow. Not just slow- but at times unusable.
Boot times take forever, and once windows has loaded it takes a good 5 minutes before the system is usable. It stutters and lags even when I attempt open a window.
After a good five minutes- I find that if I try and open windows mail, IE, firefox, or any other programs that it takes forever (a good 10-15 seconds before it opens). Once the program has loaded, things are normally ok- within that program.
I have dealt with a multitude of fixes over the past few months to deal with various issues that I've run into, including:
*Freezing on boot (during windows animation), caused by a BIOS issue.
*ie tabs not loading (now switched to firefox, which still has issues and crashes)
*WEI not completing, due to a BIOS issue
*Sound popping/crackling, caused by conflicting drivers
*Network dropout and dodgy performance, caused by driver
*Crashing on boot after a restore, and having to manually change the AHCI settings in the registry
*crashing on boot due to using an IDE optical drive (which I have had to swap for a SATA optical drive)
*Constant BSOD when coming out of hibernation (0x0000007A ataport.sys) which I am still trying to resolve- and I have just downloaded two hotfixes to try and stop the issue.
So things really haven't been going too well, as you can see. I don't mind so much about the teething problems with a new OS, but the performance issue is just ridiculous.
I have done everything from removing programs, and startup service/programs, turning off all the visuals (which made little difference), splitting the page file (half on the main, and a larger page on another drive, to equal 2/3 the size of physical ram). I'm also using a 2gb flash card as dedicated readyboost and it still makes little difference.
I've run chkdsk and software from the hard drive vendors to check the stability of the Sata drives I'm running, and they are all fine. I've also scanned for malware etc and it's all fine.
I've got all the latest stable drivers, and updated to the latest bios revision last week with still no improvement.
Considering the hardware i'm running, I wouldn't expect this kind of performance. Especially considering I'm also running Windows 7 on a toshiba A200, and my wife has an Acer e-machine, and we get better performance out of those.
If I'm running games, graphics applications, video encoding, or any other applications- It runs fine within the application once it has finally loaded, so it's appears to be the OS itself.
I have been considering buying a SSD, but I was planning on holding off until the pricing dropped and larger drives were affordable. if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know, as I'm starting to pull my hair out!