Slow PC - why?

  bowbren32 12:14 22 Mar 2011


My pc was running slow, e.g. open a avi file and it took up to a minute to open. I thought that it might have been because it was just clogged up as it were.

So I installed a fresh copy of Vista onto another HDD in the PC and set it to boot, so it is looking all nice and clean.

However, it is still behaving oddly. Opening AVI files does not seem too bad, but for instance when surfing the net, a page will load and then it will take a while before the PC will then let me click on something. Then when you click on it, it loads and then takes ages again - it is painful.

I don't understand why it would be doing this if the vista install is as clean as possible.

Is it time to get a new PC or am I doing something wrong?

If anyone can provide any valuable suggestions - I would be very grateful!

Many thanks,


  mooly 14:23 22 Mar 2011

Just a few ideas to try.

Put the CPU/Memory monitor gadget on to Vistas sidebar.

A clean install of Vista (that means Vista and 'nowt else, just Defender for basic protection) should idle at only 1% or so use.

How much RAM have you ? With 2gb, a 32 bit Vista install should be using only around 25% RAM.

IE should open instantly. If you have issues web browsing maybe the problem lies elsewhere.

Have you run,
click here

  woodchip 16:08 22 Mar 2011

Vista is not a good OS when it comes to speed you need XP or 7

  bowbren32 16:47 22 Mar 2011

Emmm, I might just take it off and put Window 7 on.

Is Windows 7 worth investing in?

  woodchip 16:56 22 Mar 2011

I am old like XP and like it, 7 is a lot better than Vista may be worth investing in a disc

  woodchip 16:58 22 Mar 2011
  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:53 22 Mar 2011

1. Software

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

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Malwarebytes click here
Superantispyware click here

Free Antivirus software
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast click here

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner 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. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:53 22 Mar 2011

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives)
Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to 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
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 .com click here will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

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