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Windows 7: Slow Computer

08 Aug 2013   #11

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Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Is this a store bought or custom build? With 32 bit W7 OS you'll be limited to 4gb of ram with less actually usable and in this day and age with ram so cheap it's a 64 bit OS world. Bottom line is you should consider maxing out the ram with 2x2gb ram modules and I would look to matching pairs in 1600 mhz from Corsair, Crucial, G Skills or better yet go to the mfgr's site or mobo mfgr's site and look up the approved ram off their site.

As Greg mentioned running CC cleaner that often is way overkill. If you complete the spec's on your rig we can offer better suggestions. Lastly when was the last time you open the rig up and cleaned the fans, cooler fins and such?

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08 Aug 2013   #12

Windows 10 Pro
This is because...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Derek10 View Post
You have something wrong with your RAM, you Windows is basically using only half of it. Maybe you should replace or reseat it or clean the constacts.
Or if you are using an onboard GFX, try lowering the allocated video memory in BIOS.
Nothing is wrong with his Ram necessarily. I am fairly certain his gpu is using that memory as well. Shared on board graphics.

I would reread my post again.
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09 Aug 2013   #13
Microsoft MVP


You can determine for certain how much RAM is apportioned to hardware by typing Resource Monitor in Start Search box and accessing its Memory tab.

And of course you determine with certainty the RAM condition by the RAM test. In this case I'd stress test it as specified.
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09 Aug 2013   #14

Windows 7 32-bit SP1

Thanks again for the replies!
I told about my parents about my slow computer and next thing I know is I woke up with 2 2GB ram modules in my computer. But still, system properties says that only 1GB is usable and 3GB is system reserved. Is this normal?

I'll probably follow Greg's suggestion and also clean up the insides of my CPU. Let's see what'll happen!

I just restarted my computer and system properties says that I only have 2GB of ram. Gonna open my CPU to find out how many modules I really have.

After cleaning the insides of CPU, system properties now says that I have 4GB and 2.25GB is usable.
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09 Aug 2013   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64

Good, that's better. W7 32bit will only allow about 3.25-3.40gb of 4gb and it looks like the balance is being used for video as mentioned. You can also try adding a fast usb thumb drive for ready boost. Something like a class 10 4gb drive should be dirt cheap and will help as the system uses it. Worth a try and expect full effect to take a couple of days and if nothing you still have a nice speedy storage drive.
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09 Aug 2013   #16
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Very nice parents. Now you got some ram. Wish you well. Let us know how things go.
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09 Aug 2013   #17

Windows 10 Pro

Congratz on the Ram. With parents who actually know how to install it. I'm impressed.

Enjoy your faster system now! :)

Just a suggestion, run a quick memtest with windows and see if it detects anything just to be safe.
Click and then type in memory-choose windows memory diagnostic and click restart now.
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