Slow Computer, what can be done to improve performance.

  REMF 22:09 28 Aug 2014
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My computer runs slow: a)Internet Explorer sometimes crashes or freezes. b)Pages can take a long time to load. c)The hard drive is under severe strain sometimes and heats up.

My system is Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit, RAM 4GB, manufacturer I Micro-Star International Ltd model MS-7957,hard disk 427 GB.

I went to a computer store today and asked about getting more RAM, the man said I had enough RAM so it may be the motherboard, chips or power supply, can someone please help me to find a solution?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:42 28 Aug 2014

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 blackviper.com

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives (DO NOT DEFRAGG A SOLID STAE 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

  spuds 08:41 29 Aug 2014

This question gets asked on a regular basis, and there are a number of possible solutions easily available on the internet.

Usually the problems are due to simple maintenance, which some people don'r realise. Its just not a case of pressing a button with a click one all problem solver.

There are certain software packages that promise an easy solution in making a poor slow running computer into a super machine, but those promises are far and few between. But having said that, I use those type of software programmes more as an experiment, taking into consideration that care is needed, because if it isn't, then the chance of making things worse is always there.

  fiona53 21:49 31 Aug 2014

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  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 22:15 31 Aug 2014

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