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Windows 7: Is my laptop running HOT!

17 Jan 2014   #1
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
Is my laptop running HOT!

Recently after downloading MS latest updates my laptop start up has slowed down.
I checked msconfig startups and only have 4 in the start up so then used Speecy to check
my system.

Here is a summary snip...

Is my laptop running HOT!-speecy_report.png

So my question is my laptop running too hot?
If so how do I reduce temps?

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17 Jan 2014   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Those temps are OK for a laptop Dennis.

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17 Jan 2014   #3
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit


The reason I posted the snip is after I downloaded the latest Windows updates my start up has been really slow.
I checked msconfig and start showed only 4 items loading at start up then checked the temps.

Just trying to rule out items that may have caused the slow startup.
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17 Jan 2014   #4
Microsoft MVP


Hi Dennis:

I always elevate the back of a laptop which feels hot about 1/2-1" to get air under it better.

Check where the vents are and make sure they're never blocked. I'm sure you know to never put it on a bed or pillow because they stop the air flow. Look inside vents to see if dust is obvious.

You can use a plastic vacuum attachment to suck any visible dust out after unplugging, removing battery and draining power via holding the Power button. Don't do this on a carpeted floor.

Most laptops have a section in their Manual or via google search for how to clean that model or line.

When a PC runs hot I install Core Temp (avoiding any sneakware) then in Settings put temps in the System Tray to Start with Windows where you can monitor them. It will change temp color if it overheats, and can even be configured to Hibernate after 30 second warning if it reaches the max. It seems to know the CPU for each model, but I'd also google the temp max for your CPU. 44c may not be too hot, though your perception is also important.

If you think this was caused by the Updates then I'd look at the CPU to see what's running it up. Some like Process Explorer to tame svchost.exe - Advanced topics | Defensive Computing - CNET News. Others prefer Process Monitor - Demo YouTube.

If you confirm your suspcions that an Update has caused this by pegging your CPU then you can run System Restore to before it was installed to see if it resolves it. Then try to isolate which Update of the group caused it by installing them singly until you find it, Restore again and start a ticket with Windows Updates email Support and our Updates forum.

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My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Jan 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]

I do find the motherboard a little hot and one of the storage drive for a laptop. I'll tend to tell you to have a cooler first underneath and try to search which Kbs have done that, if before you was monitoring better cooling temps.

Ps: will you roll back one by one ones kbs, can perhaps give some help.
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17 Jan 2014   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 10 Pro

Here is mine and it's OK for my hardware.
Is my laptop running HOT!-piriform-speccy.png

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17 Jan 2014   #7
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8


Anything under 70C is comfortable. With your temps I would not worry.

The slow boot is another problem. What are the 4 startups. Even one can slow things down - if it is a real bugger. But as NoN says, a roll-back may not be a bad idea. Then install the updates one by one and see what happens. Maybe there is one that causes the problem.
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17 Jan 2014   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

On the temps Dennis, 50C is the max a HDD should see, above that and they can degrade fast.
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17 Jan 2014   #9
The Howling Wolves

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Did a restore back to 1/14 to see what was the problem.
The captured snip shown here...
Is my laptop running HOT!-updates.png

How do I remove the 1/15 up through 1/17?

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17 Jan 2014   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 10 Pro x64

Here's a nice tutorial on that,

Windows Update - Uninstall an Update

Try them one at a time though Dennis, to see if you can narrow it down.
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