Why Might My "New" PC Be So Slow?

  s99Raj 16:30 03 Jan 2012

I have a PC which I've cleaned the inside of, of all dust, formatted the hard drive and loaded a legitimate 32 bit bit version of Windows 7 Ultimate onto the 200GB hard drive in there. The processor is and AMD Sempron, 3000+, 2 GHZ one with 1 GB of RAM installed. It takes over 2 minutes to start up and going from page to page on the Internet takes "ages" (10 to 15 seconds). I haven't installed ANY other programs, apart from AVG Internet Security, but it was slow before that anyway. The actual desktop is 4 or 5 years old and originally had XP Home on it. All the hardware is original. Why could it be so slow? It certainly wasn't when I first bought it. Can a processor or hard drive "slow down" over the years?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:40 03 Jan 2012

Windows 7 Ultimate 1 GB of RAM installed

Some other things to check.

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/download

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes http://www.malwarebytes.org/ Superantispyware http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials http://www.microsoft.com/security/products/mse.aspx Avast http://www.avast.com/en-gb/free-antivirus-download

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. http://www.blackviper.com/

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 http://forum.digital-digest.com/showthread.php?t=61905 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 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 http://www.crucial.com/uk/ will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. http://support.gateway.com/s/Manuals/Desktops/8509270.pdf for a guide to fitting memory.

  onthelimit1 17:31 03 Jan 2012

I'd say 1Gb is no where near enough for W7 to run properly.

  lotvic 12:22 04 Jan 2012

Windows 7 system requirements http://windows.microsoft.com/en-IN/windows7/products/system-requirements

1 Gb ram is the barest minimum for 32bit W7 and 2 Gb ram is the barest minimum for 64bit W7

More ram would seem to be prudent.

  s99Raj 12:49 04 Jan 2012

But the thing is, it was just as slow with XP Home.

  Ian in Northampton 13:07 04 Jan 2012

s99raj: you say it was just as slow with XP Home. My guess is that it had been an XP machine for some time, you'd loaded plenty of software on it and, over time, like all XP installations do, it has slowed down. I'd certainly expect a fresh install of XP to run pretty well on that processor/memory combination. But now, you're talking about a fresh install of W7 - so you may be comparing apples with oranges (a 'mature' XP installation with a 'fresh' W7 installation). As others have said: no way would I try to run any version of W7 on only 1GB of memory - that is, as they've said, the bare minimum. You should be looking at a minimum 2GB, and ideally 3GB or 4GB. Upgrade the memory, and I doubt you'll find it so slow.

  KRONOS the First 13:09 04 Jan 2012

**But the thing is, it was just as slow with XP Home. ** and that would also have been because of the low amount of RAM.Your CPU is not the fastest kid on the block either I am afraid.

  wee eddie 13:11 04 Jan 2012

Lack of RAM is your weak point.

XP really needs 2GB if there is no Graphics Card.

Windows 7 needs considerably more.

Regardless of what Microsoft might say.

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