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Windows 7: Windows update has made my computer laggy

14 Nov 2011   #21

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 8.1 64bit

It's OK Andrew I've known Noel for years, it's nice to see he's joined us here in the forum he has a lot of Windows knowledge.

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15 Nov 2011   #22

Win7 Home

So, I created a system recovery disk and managed to run it. It didn't help.

It detects my system and gets me to the options alright, but then...

Startup Repair - sounds ideal, but after running it, I'm either told that it didn't find any problems, or it can't solve it and asks me if I want to send the results to Microsoft. I tried to view the log with the resusults and get a lot of error = 0x0, which I assume means it didn't find anything.

System Restore - It gets through initializing and to "recovering files" - and then I'm left with that blue bar. My computer is quiet, it doesn't appear anything is happening, and leaving it on last evening/night didn't give any change. I have four System Restore points, same result with each.

Memory test - Runs the test to 99% then, much like System Restore, it just stops.

System Image - I don't have one.

Cmd - No idea how it could help.

My computer is effectively a vegetable.
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15 Nov 2011   #23

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

The only thing you can do with an unwanted vegetable is dig it up and reuse the fresh earth.

Although it's not what you want to hear, but I'd be inclined to bite the bullet and reinstall Windows.

When you've done that, turn off automatic updating and tell Windows to notify you when updates are ready to be installed so that you can either create a restore point or make a note of them before you install them.

Also, it is better to install updates in small batches rather than a huge batch all at once.
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15 Nov 2011   #24

Win7 Home

...I'm afraid to ask, but is there any way to reinstall windows without a windows disk?
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15 Nov 2011   #25

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

Assuming Windwos was pre-installed, Your laptop should have come with either a Recovery partition, or a set of Recovery disks (or both). Check your manual for instructions.
Note that using this system will wipe all data from the drive, so back up to external media first!
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15 Nov 2011   #26

Win7 Home

Hmm, recovery partition does sound familiar...I know it didn't come with any disks. As for backing up, I can't get into the OS at all, so I'm not sure how to get around backing up. As it is right now, I can't (or cannot seem to) access my files.

EDIT: I did a search for Recovery Partition on the Acer, which explains that it's possible to wipe the slate clean and start a recovery process.

By now, getting the pc back to working condition is all I care about, even if my data is lost. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and will keep you updated on whether or not it worked.
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15 Nov 2011   #27

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)

If you can't access Windows at all, then you may need to try using something like Knoppix or UBCD to copy your files to external storage
Knoppix Linux Boot CD, Download Disk and Documents, Discuss, Get Help
Ultimate Boot CD - Overview
Personally, I prefer UBCD4Win - but it's probably not an option for you, as creating the disk requires a copy of Windows XP.
UBCD for Windows

The other thing you can do, if you can find someone with a Retail disk for Windows 7 with SP1 integrated, is a repair install, which will leave your files in place. (at least, in theory, anyhow!)
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15 Nov 2011   #28

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

As your link explains: restart the system and hit ALT+F10. This will begin restoring from the Aspire system recovery partition. You will be prompted to type six zeros as a security step. Type 000000 to proceed.
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15 Nov 2011   #29

Win7 Home

I succeeded in starting the system recovery present on the Acer recovery partition - it gave me the option of keeping my files or revert the computer to the state I first got it in, deleting all the data. I decided on the latter option. My data will take some time to replace, but it's a small price to pay if the computer works as it did when I first got it - with a working OS.

The computer is still in the process of recovery. I'll be back in front of it in a few hours and hopefully it will be working by then. I really hope it works this time.
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15 Nov 2011   #30

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

OK, Karen. We look forward to reading the outcome - positive, I hope.

If you do recover your system successfully, please take some time out to create a set of recovery discs so that you've got a way of getting back to the factory state if ever your recovery partition gets corrupted.
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