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Windows 7: Windows 7 lags every few seconds

08 Mar 2014   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

I've tried following this, but I'm not sure if I'm doing the right thing. I turned off paging (I think- I clicked "No paging file", then "Set"- is that right?) then rebooted. I tried to defrag the system partition, but it seems to be stuck at 10%, every time I click defrag it seems to complete instantly, but nothing actually happens.

I moved on anyway, and tried the Custom Size checkbox. I set both initial size (is this the same as minimum?) and maximum size to 4096MB, then clicked set, but the minimum is still reading 16 MB. I'm not quite sure what's wrong- I've attached a screenshot to show where it's at.

I feel like I'm so close to solving this, yet still so far! Thanks for your help so far.

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08 Mar 2014   #12

Windows 7 32 bit

That's ok. Mine looks the same. I'm a bit concerned about the defrag being weird. You are using the Windows defrag.exe? Are you running an AV program? In any case before getting side-tracked run the system for a bit and see if you still have the lagging.
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08 Mar 2014   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Yes, I'm using the windows defrag. I have avast running, but I tried defrag with all the avast shields disabled and it still wouldn't defrag.

In general things are seeming a little bit smoother, but there are still issues, so I'm not sure if I'm just imagining it. General windows stuff and browsing seem ok, but the lag is still occurring with Word and a few games that I tried just now, so possibly with other programs as well.

Is it weird that the page file minimum size is still showing up as 16MB?
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08 Mar 2014   #14

Windows 7 32 bit

Is it weird that the page file minimum size is still showing up as 16MB?
I seem to remember it was always like that. As long as the radio control where you set the custom size shows filled in then it's enabled. Plus you can just check it in a command prompt.
dir /AHS c:\pagefile.sys
it should show a 4 with lots of digits after. :)

Games are very demanding I'm told(I'm old fashioned. Pinball or Pool were my games.) I'm not sure they will run smooth with AV enabled.

You could try Auslogics Defrag Free with no optimizations. That's a very "Light" or non-thorough defrag. If that fails to finish then something is wrong. The HD may have issues.
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