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Windows 7: PC (not Windows) is slow, any thing I can do about it?

10 Oct 2015   #1

Windows 7 Professional, 64bit
PC (not Windows) is slow, any thing I can do about it?

The PC I'm using isn't new and I've been using it for quite some years, the system is generally slow especially under heavy loads, it doesn't 'lag' or freeze or anything like that, it works normally but everything it does it does slowly, and like I said it gets worse under heavy loads

Just to be clear this is -not- Windows related, Im on a new, clean Win7 install, fully updated and with not alot of running programs, its as clean as could possibly be, so its not that.

My question is what can I do to get bit more out of it, are there tweaks to make Windows lighter? any boosting programs you recommend? Strangely enough I OCed the processor by more than 1Ghz, but that made close to 0 difference. The spec list is up to date.

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10 Oct 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I'm assuming that you have an i7 920, not a 290 as it states in your spec. I couldn't find a 290 when I searched.

What kinds of programs are you running when you find the response slow? Could you maybe give us a definition or example of what slow means? It might help us figure this out.

It doesn't seem like you should find things all that slow. 2.66 GHz is a little slow by today's standards, yes, but you said that you OC'ed it by more than 1 GHz and it made no difference.

One thing you could check right off the bat, look at Resource Monitor and see how many cores are active on your PC. I have a quad core that only runs with one core unless I specifically tell Windows to use four. I don't know why it happens, but there's an easy fix. But it's slow as molasses in January otherwise. Maybe that's your issue.
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10 Oct 2015   #3

Windows 10 Pro X64

Switch to a SSD for your boot drive.
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10 Oct 2015   #4
Layback Bear

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

I agree with Ztruker.
A SSD is great bang for your buck.
The speed over a hard drive will dazzle you.
SSD's are contagious. You will want more of them.
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11 Oct 2015   #5

Windows 7 Professional, 64bit

Hi Mellon,

To be fair under light loads, say opening a webpage, running a light program... etc theres no issue, its pretty quick. Things start to go downhill under serious loads, for example multiple tabs running in firefox which sometimes ends up crashing or some graphics intensive game then it slows down. what I mean by that is there are no freezes/no errors, it just takes a painfully long time to load whatever it was loading/processing, thats the best I can explain it.

Also i will look into an SSD, never considered it before but probably should.

One question though, my drivers are running using IDE, is it worth switching to AHCI, speed-wise?
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11 Oct 2015   #6

W10 Pro x64, W7 Pro x64 in VMware

Have you checked your temps ? That chip runs quite hot by today's standards, and given its age it's possible the paste has gone south - the cpu could be throttling. I used to have a similar processor - an i7 930 that was o/c by 1GHz to 3.8GHz. On the odd occasions it didn't boot and reverted to stock speeds, I could really see the difference 135% clocking makes.

Overclocking - no difference, heavy load problems - could be heat related.
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11 Oct 2015   #7

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yep to switching to a ssd :)

You can use this to monitor the temps,
Download Real Temp 3.70 | techPowerUp
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11 Oct 2015   #8

Windows 10 Pro X64

You'll need AHCI for the SSD.
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 PC (not Windows) is slow, any thing I can do about it?

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