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Windows 7: PC "Not Responding" - Blue spinning circle

18 Sep 2012   #1

windows 7 home 64bit
PC "Not Responding" - Blue spinning circle

New member so sorry if this has already been discussed.
I've been all over the internet looking at how to resolve intermittent (every 2-3 minutes) slow responses on my Acer laptop that I've had for over a year. 4 weeks ago I had no problems with it. Since then, the internet window I'm on freezes, goes white and says "not responding". I thought it was Firefox at first so I uninstalled but it's the same with Chrome and IE too.
Equally if I browse photos, they take forever to load.
I hadn't installed anything new or updated anything when the problem occurred so I have done the following to try and resolve (all found on the internet)...
  • Checked the processes running... max cpu 1%... memory 30% - nothing out of the ordinary at all
  • Rolled back to the previous system restore point - no joy
  • Updated my Intel graphics drivers
  • Checked that there were no issues in device manager
  • Run check disk and other tools to confirm drive is sound (it is)
  • Defragged the drive
  • Done a virus scan and spyware scan
  • Run several regfix tools that allegedly speed up your computer (free and purchased)
  • Reinstalled firefox and set max network connections to 42 (from 255)
  • Stopped everything from starting up in MSConfig (eg spyware and virus checkers, adobe etc etc etc)
  • Searched and removed a particular string in the registry (though I cannot remember what that was - sorry - but it did make sense at the time)
Alas nothing seems to work. I have seen reports of this all over and have tried everything I can find. The only thing I haven't done that has been suggested is an install/repair as I haven't the disk to do it with (the OS is OEM on the drive and you can only do a full restore which is a last resort).

Has anyone else got some ideas. I have checked the threads but most seem to point at failing drives which is very unlikely as I cannot find an error.

Many thanks in advance!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

Reg cleaners and windows 7 very rarely agree with each other.
That may not have been the best thing to do.

Are you able to use the SFC function to check you windows files?
SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2012   #3

windows 7 home 64bit

Yep... I did the SFC /SCANNOW with no issues or errors!
My System SpecsSystem Spec

18 Sep 2012   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64

Okay a quick thought, create a new user account and see if it also suffers the issue.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Sep 2012   #5

windows 7 home 64bit

Just tried to do as you suggested Maguscreed, but it's still the same on the new account.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

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