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Windows 7: Windows explorer lag driving me insane

18 Nov 2009   #21
gunjin

Win 7 Home retail
 
 

my start-up is bare-bones: Catalyst (latest), KAV (latest), Windows Mobile Device Centre. Nothing else.


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18 Nov 2009   #22
mrsdoyle

windows 7 ulimate
 
 

Ah Ha. Still like to see processes tab in task manager, something you installed after installing 7 has got to be slowing it down.

"But each one of these things comes from an egg, right? So who's laying these eggs?"
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19 Nov 2009   #23
mrsdoyle

windows 7 ulimate
 
 

Just looked again at your system specs and realised you have 32bit windows 7 and 4 GB of ram. Windows 7 can only use 3 GB of ram. Please try this, open the pc and remove one stick of ram and see if it improves. for 4GB you need win7 64 bit. Windows 7 seems to be a bit more picky about ram and overclock settings. Vista 32 bit posssibly might have tolerated 4GB for some reason but Win 7 will give you problems.
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19 Nov 2009   #24
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrsdoyle View Post
...Vista 32 bit posssibly might have tolerated 4GB for some reason but Win 7 will give you problems.
Umm....No having 4 GB with Windows 7 x86 will not give it problems. Where in the world did you come up with that?
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19 Nov 2009   #25
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

@gunjin Just to clarify, after you did the complete reinstall did you enable auto-updates or put any Windows updates on?

I'm running build 7077 and the only thing "slow" was I got some HD run-on due to indexing. I turned indexing off and use Everything Search instead. So far everything runs pretty snappy. I have seen some talk about the retail release having some problems that weren't in some of the betas though.
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19 Nov 2009   #26
mrsdoyle

windows 7 ulimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mrsdoyle View Post
...Vista 32 bit posssibly might have tolerated 4GB for some reason but Win 7 will give you problems.
Umm....No having 4 GB with Windows 7 x86 will not give it problems. Where in the world did you come up with that?
Make Windows 7 and Vista 32-bit (x86) Support More Than 4GB Memory Raymond.CC Blog

There must be a million web sites around like these i found at random that discuss the problem of 32 bit windows and 4 GB of ram. How can you say its not a problem?

http://en.kioskea.net/faq/sujet-1571...-ram-installed


Make Windows 7 and Vista 32-bit (x86) Support More Than 4GB Memory Raymond.CC Blog
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19 Nov 2009   #27
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

@mrsdoyle, Having 4 GB of RAM in the computer and running x86 will not cause the problems you see here. It doesn't cause any problems except it does not use all 4 GBs. The rest of memory is given to hardware. There is no problem outside of not getting access to all 4 GB.
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20 Nov 2009   #28
mrsdoyle

windows 7 ulimate
 
 

Wrong. there are a lot of people having all sorts of problems when trying to put 4 GB or more into a x86 win7, blue screens, reboot loops etc, etc, just google it. If you are happy to put 8GB of ram into 32bit system instead of using an x64 version good luck to you. I dont know why im wasting time having this debate when the main aim is to help the guy with the slow PC.
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20 Nov 2009   #29
gunjin

Win 7 Home retail
 
 

Thank you all very much for your suggestions. I appreciate your time and effort.

I attach (i hope) a link to a screengrab of my processes tab:
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I dont believe that my problems (primarily windows explorer lags but also MS Word and Outlook typing and editing lags) are hard-drive over-use based. The problems happen whether the HD is in use or not and the HD is not thrashing/indexing the whole time. Also as per my earlier post, these problems have got progressively worse over the last few weeks but are not evident in safe mode). Where opening a folder (and typing in Word and outlook) was instantaneous immediately after my last re-install, it now performs as if i was accessing the computer remotely from the other side of the planet. Even small folders take 1-2 seconds to open and give me that annoying blue swirl icon. Typing and editing in Word and Outlook has now also developed a major lag (as it did the first time) with actions appearing on screen up to a second after i initiate them and yet typing this, via a browser text exitor, is absolutely fine. I am using a genuine retail copy of Win 7 Home Premium 32bit.

I suspect i am going to have to do yet another re-installation (3rd time lucky) and will go for the 64bit version (which i dont want to have to do as my expensive but old colour laser printer has no 64bit drivers). Unless anyone else has any ideas...
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20 Nov 2009   #30
gunjin

Win 7 Home retail
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MilesAhead View Post
@gunjin Just to clarify, after you did the complete reinstall did you enable auto-updates or put any Windows updates on?
I have always made autoupdates manual so i dont have to download and install unnecessary stuff such as windows defender although this is something of a futile gesture as Microsoft keep spamming you with notifications whether you want them or not. In practice i have always accepted and downloaded all essential udpates.
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