Slow boot, slow programs lauching...

  Nyssiom 22:27 01 Jan 2015

Hi everyone,

Since few months (it's getting worse), my computer is getting very slow..

First, the booting is very slow, it takes several minutes from the moment I press the "button" to the mment I can finally launch a program.

Then, the pc is globally very slow: launching an app will take too long. Starting Photoshop will take longer than starting it on a laptop (not a power machine).

The pc is slow in pretty much everything.

I already disabled every program in the boot list, scanned for adwares, etc and ran softwares to get rid of them...

PC is running Windows 7, Norton.

I have been looking for a solution for months.

Thank you (also forgive my poor english please, i'm not a native english speaker).

  BillSers 04:20 02 Jan 2015

The easiest way, and it'll save a lot of troubleshooting time, is to save your data on an external hd and revert to factory settings. This will format and reload W7. I'd advise getting rid of Nortons which is a resource hog and use Avast free.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:01 02 Jan 2015
  1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner click here Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes click here Antivirus software Avast click here 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 Force Windows to Unload DLLs from Memory
Windows Explorer caches DLLs (Dynamic-Link Libraries) in memory for a period of time after the application using them has been closed. This can be an inefficient use of memory on low memory systems, and may cause problems or delays for programmers developing with Windows DLL files.

Open your registry and find the key [HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]. Create a new sub-key named 'AlwaysUnloadDLL' and set the default value to equal '1' to disable Windows caching the DLL in memory. Restart Windows for the change to take effect.

  1. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) 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

b) Superantispyware

Free c) f)

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:01 02 Jan 2015

"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.

  Nyssiom 14:50 02 Jan 2015

Ok, thank you.

I'll try to do my best and follow your advices but I still don't know if the problem comes from a piece of hardware (I higly suspect the hard drive) or from Windows or so.

Thank you anyway, have a nice day :)

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