Another slow Acer Aspire, this is a 'one 722- C62kk'

  Housten 16:31 21 May 2015

Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,

Following on from ‘Cat23’s’ query about a slow Acer computer, I also have an ‘Acer’ but it is an “Acer Aspire one 722- C62kk” and it seems to be suffering from the same problem – it seems to be very slow. So I carried out the suggestions ‘govanx’ made in his reply to ‘Cat23’.

However I am at a bit of a loss, with regard to all ‘govanx’s’ instructions. He states to go into ‘Task Manager’ and to look into ‘Startup’. Well the tabs I have in ‘Task Manager’ are ‘Applications’, ‘Processes’, ‘Services’, ‘Performance’, ‘Networking’ and ‘Users’. Above these are “File Options View Windows Help”. I have looked through all of these and ‘Startup’ is not mentioned anywhere, and the one sure fire way I have of getting to a ‘Startup’ is through “Ccleaner”. In fact the one thing that truly intrigued me in ‘Task Manager’ was under “View”, where it appears you can “Update Speed”, although what this actually means I haven’t got a clue. I tried the ‘Disc Clean up’, but while that has cleaned some stuff off the disc, it doesn’t really seem to have changed the speed of the laptop in any way!

I also have another really annoying problem with this laptop. I have Windows updates as being downloaded and installed when I want to do them. But quite often when I am shutting down it tells me that it is installing ‘updates’. Because of this I have re-set this two or three times, and am certain I did not change anything. Does anyone know of any other updates that will be automatically installed and for which programme(s) this will be done. And, perhaps more importantly, how to change these from being done automatically?

Does anyone have any idea how this laptop could be speeded up? Any suggestions would be most warmly welcomed!!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:57 21 May 2015

Its never going to be that fast with the AMD 60 cpu only able to use single channel memory and probably only has 2G of memory anyway.

Slow PC / Laptop

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware Free Antivirus software Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in CCleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. see

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives)

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives (DO NOT DEFRAGG A SOLID STATE DRIVE) -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 / 8 / 8.1 convert your system drive to the NTFS file system, if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Ian in Northampton 17:56 21 May 2015

Housten: 'startup' can be found under msconfig (type it into the search box).

  Ex plorer 19:08 21 May 2015

Put Run command on Start up menu.

Right click the Start button. click Customize, click start menu tab, Scroll down put a tick in Run Command.

Or in Control Panel click Appearance and (or) Personalization.

  Housten 16:29 22 May 2015


I wanted to view this earlier but IE10 was telling me that the site was down. Nice to see it is back up and running. Hopefully maintenance was being done.

Fruit Bat /\0/\, WOW!!!! We are off to Lanzarote for two weeks on Monday. So my apologies to you, we have various things on over the weekend, so I will use your reply when we get back. I have read through your suggestions and will copy and print your reply so I can then follow your instructions/suggestions in detail; one small point the laptop does have 4 MB ram. Once again you have proved that you have a tremendous amount of knowledge, but, much more importantly, it is an depth knowledge - which really helps everyone!!

Ian in Northampton and Ex plorer,

Many thanks for your replies.

I must thank all three of you for your very kind and detailed replies and for taking not only the time but the effort to post your replies. I am very, very grateful and can not thank you all enough.

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