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Windows 7: why some computers are slower than others

2 Weeks Ago   #1

Win 7 home premium 32 bit
why some computers are slower than others

why some computers are slower than others

is it becuase of bad quality motherboard or RAM etc

i have dell laptop 10 years old running win7 without any problem

my wife also has old office dell laptop and its very slow takes 2-3 minutes to open a file and with frequent hangout problems

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2 Weeks Ago   #2

win 8 32 bit

There is so much that can do it disk speed cpu speed, ram speed the speed of an old pc is normal it may only run at 800mhz while a new one can be 3gig with in effect 4 cpu's
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2 Weeks Ago   #3

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)

Even if your and your wife's laptops were identical models, there could still be performance differences due to a myriad of reasons such as one or the other could have a virus or malware, different windows settings, different background processes running and more.

If you want help to figure out why your wife's is slower, then we would need more information. The first things we would need is to know the specs of each laptop (Dell Model #, cpu, speed, how much RAM, etc...).
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2 Weeks Ago   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

Even same age, some hardware are slower then other. Memory, CPU etc may be the reason.
Also some computers came with win 7 64 bits with less than 4 G of memory.
So the basic rule is:
2 G to 4 G of memory - Win 7 32 bits
more than 4 G - Win 7 64 bits
I have seen computers with 2 G of memory and Win 7 64 that ran much faster when it was replaced with Win 7 32 bits.

Over the years you install and uninstall programs. Most of them leave behind a lot of trash all over.
My suggestion is to do a Factory recover on your wife's laptop.

- Backup all your data on an external disk
- Launch Factory Recover (from BIOS or from running windows). It will format the C: drive and replace with a disk image. At the end, the computer will be as it came from Dell.
- Install the updates. Use the offline updates and install the security only updates. MS releases SP2 for Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
- Restore the data from the backup.
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2 Weeks Ago   #5

Win 7 home premium 32 bit

my wife sysem specs are

Intel Core i3-2350M 2.3GHz
Win7 64 bits
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2 Weeks Ago   #6

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

2GB of RAM is not enough RAM for Windows 7 64-bits. If you could increase her RAM to at least 4 GB, her computer would run a lot better. The more RAM she has, the better her computer will run, so if you can go up to 8 GB of RAM, that would be even better.

There is another thing you could try: There may be a misbehaving program loading when she logs into Windows, slowing everything down. Here is something I posted which tells how to see if this is the case, and how to fix it:

Win 7.1 HPremium takes 20 minutes to boot! Is this an indexing issue?
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2 Weeks Ago   #7

Windows 7 HP 64

How many RAM sticks you have, (1+1) or (2+0)?

You should install more RAM to have ideal (4+4) or (2+4) or (2+2)
Two options:
- With (2+2) make a clean Win 7 32bits install. Use the COA key on the sticker (look under the laptop and under the battery).
- With (4+4) or (2+4) do a Factory Recover.
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2 Weeks Ago   #8

Scan for everything bad with sophos(free). Scan main hdd with updated offline rootkit scanner.
Delete all offline cache (make backups of all things u delete) (bleachbit or ccleaner. Defrag main hdd.
Check main hdd for errors.
Uninstall all software you dont use
Uninstall all browser toolbars and addons you dont need-install adblockers(adboock/ublock/etc. Install anti trackers (ghostery/privacy badger) use a different browser than explorer.
Reboot each time one of above windows tasks is complete.

Add ram bigtime
Check progs loading on boot google process (run, msconfig (on other win)then look under boot/startup.disable all but required.

Keep as few windows open at once as possible.
Add as much ram as possible but dont throw much money at your dead horse(thrift shop markets seconhand).

Try lightweight version of linux live(run from usb only(testing) see if speed issues subside) switch if willing, linux is all free and millions of people willing to help you learn or troubleshoot.
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