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Windows 7: Fresh Windows 7 installation, slower though?

17 Apr 2014   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
Fresh Windows 7 installation, slower though?

Hello guys, I have recently reinstalled Windows 7 and to be honest I'm not content with the way it moves around.

So to be short, I haven't installed Windows for over 3 years and it was good. Recently I just got to notice that it took a bit longer to start(for me) and I had nearly all my HDD full (600 GB). So I decided to reinstall Windows.

Now to be honest I'm not happy at all with the way it starts, also nearly half of my memory ram is beeing used at start even though I have no big programs installed. Even when on idle it uses like half of it. Not sure if it's just me but last time I installed Windows 7 it was way better and didn't use that much ram at start.

I have an obsession with PC perfomance since I reckon I installed windows 4 times in the last 48 hours. lol I know, that's just stupid. Another problem I have is that I don't have my drivers disk which is pretty bad. I've been told that once all the windows updates/drivers are installed it will run faster, and I did so the last time I installed Windows (back in 2011) and it ran smooth. Here's my specs guys, the PC is pretty old but it had a good run.

System Information
Time of this report: 4/17/2014, 21:36:01
Machine name: xxxx-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (6.1, Build 7601) Service Pack 1 (7601.win7sp1_gdr.130828-1532)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: System manufacturer
System Model: System Product Name
BIOS: BIOS Date: 05/08/09 10:01:39 Ver: 08.00.12
Processor: Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5300 @ 2.60GHz (2 CPUs), ~2.6GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 2048MB RAM
Page File: 1804MB used, 2289MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: Using System DPI
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7601.17514 32bit Unicode

Display Devices
Card name: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT
Manufacturer: NVIDIA
Chip type: GeForce 8600 GT
DAC type: Integrated RAMDAC
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0402&SUBSYS_34551458&REV_A1
Display Memory: 1267 MB
Dedicated Memory: 499 MB
Shared Memory: 767 MB
I feel bad for reinstalling it now...

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19 Apr 2014   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Bumping this. Am I beeing too hazy in writting? Just to clear it out guys. Right now I have no programs on and 1.14 GB out of 2 are beeing used on nothing, except 6 chrome processes opened(even tho I only have 2 tabs on right now). Also I'm doubtful regarding how my games will run on this(I'm not planning on running the newest ones).

My computer rating is 4.9, I think last time it was better with all the things I had(before reinstalling).
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19 Apr 2014   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Using 1.14 GB of RAM with no programs open isn't unusual at all.

I just rebooted and am using .97 GB RAM, with 53 processes running.
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19 Apr 2014   #4

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64 +Linux_VMs +Chromium_VM

With 2 GB of RAM, Win 7 32 Bit might help your performance.
Win 7 32 Bit recommended minimum RAM is 1 GB
Win 7 64 Bit recommended minimum RAM is 2 GB

Here's some tutorials that might help.
Optimize Windows 7
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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19 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 Pro-x64

There's a lot of background processing going on after an OS install as Windows builds indexes, checks for updates, defrags, runs setups and generally cleans up after itself. You need to give a new install some "alone" time while all of these tasks catch up. Let the PC stand idle for several hours or overnight before passing judgment on performance.
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19 Apr 2014   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

One of my friends suggested me to install the x32 bit Windows 7 as I don't have the recommended resources to run the current version. The weird thing is, I had the x64 bit one for over 3 years and never complained about perfomance... I'll take some time to read through the links you've sent me. Thanks for answering.

If anyone has any more answers regarding this please do not lock this. The question should be:
  • Why is Windows running slower after a clean installation?
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19 Apr 2014   #7

Windows 7 Pro-x64

We must have been typing at the same time. See post #5. :)
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19 Apr 2014   #8

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by carwiz View Post
We must have been typing at the same time. See post #5. :)
Haha, I guess

Well, I have some programs installed right now and I actually got them meanwhile Windows was installing its updates. I only got Yahoo Messenger, Skype, and Eset to mention. I have the tendency to put some antivirus program after I reinstall my windows just to prevent any risks.

Do you recommend me to reinstall a clean Windows 7 64 bit (I don't think I'll get the 32 bit) and let Windows run its course?
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19 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 7 Pro-x64

I don't see any benefit running 64-bit on 2GB of memory. It will use more memory itself as will any 64-bit programs you add. The address space is still limited and increasing the pagefile size on a HDD isn't going to help performance much. I think the most bang for buck on any system is 4GB or more of memory. With that, you must run a 64-bit OS but the speed difference is noticeable.
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