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I did a fresh Install of Windows 7 about 2 Months ago and I have installed a few programmes of course but not as many as I had on the Old Install. Why is it so slow? Should I reinstall again?

asked Feb 26 '11 at 12:59

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edited Feb 26 '11 at 13:00

You're asking a different question then your title suggests. Which one should I answer? The title question or the body question?

(Feb 26 '11 at 13:03) chadt4 chadt4's gravatar image

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The main reason for a performance bottleneck on your system is...

1) You need to upgrade to a Quad Core CPU, a Core 2 Quad would speed your experience up a lot!~

2) The hard drive is the biggest bottleneck in a computer.**

3) If you are using an Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) video will appear sluggish.^

~ A quad core CPU (4 Core) is 2 X faster than a Dual Core!

**Using a 7200 RPM Hard Disc Drive is a must, and if you can afford it, buy a solid state drive (SSD), these will improve your performance tremendously!

^ Integrated graphics on Windows 7 should be avoided at all cost, therefore it is recommended that you get and install at least a 512 MB Graphics Card (like a GS 210 or better) because Windows Aero will slow your computer down if you are relying on the Video Adapter which is integrated into your motherboard..

Furthermore, one can increase speed a little by:

1) Ensuring no Viruses / Malware / Spyware exist on the computer. (Use multiple scanners!)

2) Reduce the number of startup items at startup. (Type msconfig in the run box~)

~The run box can be accessed by holding down the windows key and pressing the "R" key. (the windows key has the windows logo on it and is next to the left CTRL key)

You can also use the Advanced mode in Spybot Search & Destroy to disable startup items, which can also detect spyware as well in startup, download Spybot Search & Destroy and change the mode to advanced after you install it and update it..

It appears to me that the problem you are having is more related to a lack of quality performance hardware than anything else, upgrading your computer to better components or adding an Aftermarket CPU Cooler to the CPU/Motherboard and overclocking the Core 2 Duo (which is an amazing processor) could also speed up your performance a lot without spending a boat load of cash, though this is time consuming and dangerous.. You can get more information on overclocking at: overclocking.net

I hope this has helped you see where you may be having problems...

answered Feb 26 '11 at 17:24

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edited Feb 26 '11 at 17:28

You haven't read my specs I have nVidia Geforce 9400 GT with 512 MB VRAM

(Feb 26 '11 at 17:29) Ebotman16 Ebotman16's gravatar image

Really, the specs you have should be sufficient. I run an E5300 o/c'ed to 3.04ghz and it purrs along very nicely with the 2gb of ram. If your system was running great when you bought it, then doing a reinstall should have given you a similar performance. Make sure you have all the right drivers installed plus the latest Bios for your MOBO.

(Feb 26 '11 at 18:43) Geenome Geenome's gravatar image

Most people don't need a quad core, Integrated graphics aren't always slow, it just depends on what you're doing, and HDD's aren't always bottlenecks, For example multiple 10,000RPM drives in raid 0 isn't much of a bottleneck.

(Mar 01 '11 at 17:30) nso95 nso95's gravatar image

unles he has very old hardware, i suspect this is a pathogen issue, not a hardware one.

(May 15 '12 at 04:15) conspiritech conspiritech's gravatar image

www.bodhilinux.com is what i use most of the time.

(May 15 '12 at 04:16) conspiritech conspiritech's gravatar image

What are your specs? RAM? Installing Windows every 2 months should not be necessary. You made need new hardware if your computer can't handle your software.

answered Feb 26 '11 at 13:02

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Steven Hibbs

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600@ 2.40 Ghz, 2GB DDR2 800 Mhz RAM, nVidia GeForce 9400 GT 512 MB, GIGABYTE P31-ES3G.

(Feb 26 '11 at 13:23) Ebotman16 Ebotman16's gravatar image

Well 2GB is the minimum for running Windows 7 so you have what it needs. But the minimum is not always the best. It might help you if you upgraded to more RAM. I'd say 4 or 5GB for a 64bit processor. If it is only a 32bit, then 3.5GB is the max it can handle. But 3.5 is better than 2.

(Feb 26 '11 at 13:27) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

hdd speed?

You can run it on 1GB ram. If you only open up 3 things...

(Feb 26 '11 at 13:27) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

I'm just wondering if there are too many programs running and the system as a whole can't multitask that much.

(Feb 26 '11 at 13:30) Steven Hibbs Steven%20Hibbs's gravatar image

5400 RPM HDD speed.

(Feb 26 '11 at 13:32) Ebotman16 Ebotman16's gravatar image

This is really hard without seeing it. Assuming you have enough page file and the disk is not fragmented then it should be ok. I'm going to put a guess at the hard drive.

A basic ref is:

Hard Drive - Boot times

Ram - speed once pc is up

Feel Free to correct me.

(Feb 26 '11 at 13:46) SignOff SignOff's gravatar image

I agree with Steven, you might need more RAM. I easily exceed 2GBs of RAM with 10+ tabs in Firefox, MSN running, etc.

(Feb 26 '11 at 17:11) Luke oX Luke%20oX's gravatar image

Actually, 1 gb of ram is the least you need to run Win7. I run with 2 gb and Win7 purrs along very nicely in almost everything I run. Unless your doing some really intensive video editing, then 2-3.5 gb of ram should be sufficient for everyday computing. If your planning on doing Video editing, then I would suggest upgrading to 64 bit Win7 and then you can bang up the ram quite a bit.

(Feb 26 '11 at 18:37) Geenome Geenome's gravatar image

the 5400 RPM drive could be part of the problem. The last PC I owned with a 5400 RPM was an Acer laptop with Windows Vista so I'm not sure if it's the actual computer + vista that made it slow or was it the HDD. I suggest getting a 7200rpm HDD (or and SSD for extreme speeds)and maybe upgrading to 4GB of RAM.

(Feb 27 '11 at 00:44) NickMiller NickMiller's gravatar image
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No I do not reinstall, I usually just try these apps:

  1. AVG Anti-Virus
  2. Avast Anti-Virus
  3. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware
  4. Avira AntiVir Personal - Free Antivirus
  5. Ad-Aware Free Internet Security
  6. CCleaner
  7. PC Tools AntiVirus Free
  8. Norton AntiVirus 2011
  9. ESET NOD32 Antivirus
  10. Microsoft Security Essentials
  11. SpywareBlaster
  12. Trend Micro HijackThis
  13. McAfee AntiVirus Plus 2010
  14. SuperAntiSpyware Free Edition
  15. ThreatFire AntiVirus Free Edition
  16. ZoneAlarm Free Firewall
  17. Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Free
  18. Kaspersky Anti-Virus
  19. Panda Cloud Antivirus Free Edition
  20. Spyware Doctor

answered Feb 26 '11 at 14:34

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edited Feb 26 '11 at 14:35

You try all of them? I don't know why you are or have used Norton or McAfee, they're terrible!

(Feb 26 '11 at 15:19) DazOwen DazOwen's gravatar image

Installing all of them would just make it even slower.

(Feb 26 '11 at 15:26) edgy edgy's gravatar image

You forgot Spyware Terminator :)

(Feb 26 '11 at 16:09) Patxi Patxi's gravatar image

That's ridiculous if you try all of those. 1 or 2 would be good.

(Mar 02 '11 at 15:31) Windows64 Windows64's gravatar image

Try using Advanced System Care, I have sometimes found it to help when my computer goes slow.

answered Feb 26 '11 at 15:27

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Reinstalling your OS is something you would generally do maybe once a year- and even then only if you notice a slowdown. Be sure to backup your data & settings/drivers first!

Your hardware should easily run 7 like a champ- so I'm going to venture that you need to do a bit of "tweaking" & to check what's running for background services and such- and then selectively begin disabling or otherwise stopping the services not needed.

A great place to go would be blackvipers site. Here, you can read what services are & what they do, and which can be set to manual/disabled (depending on your system & usage). As you will learn through reading here, using "msconfig" to disable a service is not the proper way...

FYI & good luck!

answered Feb 26 '11 at 21:08

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do a scan with avg free 2011 or download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware because it maybe a virus

answered Feb 27 '11 at 03:16

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Like what everyone has suggested, doing a clean install of Windows 7 is something that's done when you're out of options in terms of fixing your machine's issues. I have found that Microsoft Security Essentials works well as an anti-virus program: http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/

answered Mar 01 '11 at 17:07

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Very simple. You may not have as many programs installed as your previous install had, but receiving AND installing many Windows updates will do this too. Despite what some may tell you, there are "some" updates that aren't exactly the "greatest" updates to install. These are things like updates to parts of the OS that you have never, and will never, ever use...but for some reason, now they're bogging the OS down just a touch, or slowing down boot times, etc.

Not saying this is "all" of the reason your machine may be slow, but it's a great place to start. The average user does not need every single update they download. There are many that I have downloaded, and rejected, because I knew I "didn't need it".

To save yourself some time, I might recommend down the road doing a fresh install of Windows 7, most of your "important" programs, tweak the OS/programs to how you want them, and use a ghosting program to ghost at least the drive(s) with the OS and programs. This way, if you ever have troubles with the OS not booting, or say a virus gets in there that does some severe, irreparable damage, plop a boot disc for the ghosting program in, and in anywhere from 5-10 minutes, you could have that ghost image restored and it's EXACTLY what you had when you first installed Windows, your programs, and saves COUNTLESS hours of time reinstalling everything from scratch.

answered Mar 01 '11 at 17:47

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edited Mar 01 '11 at 17:51

My Windows 7 install date is 10/11/09 - with proper maintenance, it has not slowed one bit. Knowing how to properly maintain your system, manage your own registry, and not rely on bloated programs that work on predetermined paths to "Improve system performance" will go a long way toward keeping your system running strong.

answered Mar 01 '11 at 21:58

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I normally fill it with crap I don't need, then trick myself into think that I do need it so I won't delete it. So by reinstalling, I don't have much choice!

answered Mar 02 '11 at 14:31

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