Solved Win 7 Pro 64 bit very slow.

January 28, 2013 at 09:47:39
Specs: Windows 7 Pro 64bit

Hello, I just bought a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E430c (336547U) and I find it to boot up and shut down very slow and open programs, including web browsers very slow.
The specs of this computer are:
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Intel Core i3 2328M 2.2 GHz
Hard Drive = 320GB

Any ideas?


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January 28, 2013 at 10:09:49
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Shut off all the bloatware that is probably running at start up. 2GB is minimum for 64 bit.

Are you using McAfee or similar that came pre-installed? If so, it may be scanning at every start up. Get rid of them. Microsoft Security Essentials is free and works pretty good.

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January 28, 2013 at 10:57:48

First off, go out and purchase some DDR3, its DIRT cheap, and that 2gb is going to cripple you.

Honestly with so little ram you need to be running the 32bit version.

The bloatware alone is probably using up 80%of the resources.

After all of that is removed (including any AV software because any that comes with a machine is junk (norton, mcafee)) then it should be usable.

But honestly, go purchase 2x 4gb sticks for like 50$ on newegg.

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January 28, 2013 at 21:31:36

Thanks for the replies!
I was thinking that more RAM might be part of the issue. 2 gig seemed kind of "cutting it close".
I'll disable all bloatware while ram is on order and see if that even helps.

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January 28, 2013 at 22:29:04

"I'll disable all bloatware"
This will help, I use it on every comp I work on.

Run Wise Disk Cleaner ( Run the 1st three tabs, left to right. I use default settings, leave boxes that are unchecked, unchecked ) Reboot when finished.

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January 29, 2013 at 08:44:18

Thanks for the software links.
Does this software in itself trim out bloatware, or do i still have to do it manually?

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January 29, 2013 at 14:03:15

"Does this software in itself trim out bloatware, or do i still have to do it manually?"
Try it, see how it runs & if necessary look further.

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January 29, 2013 at 14:07:18

You will most likely need to manually remove any software installed by the manufacturer of the computer. Also any trial versions of AV like McAfee.

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January 29, 2013 at 17:57:35

Typically when I get a new machine for a client my first order of business is going through add/remove (or programs in 7) and manually removing everything that seems useless. Typically its HP / Dell / Lenovo software, the AV software, toolbars, and other random crap that Ive seen that I know is just junk.

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January 30, 2013 at 09:18:43

Thanks again! While waiting for some more RAM I will try the wisecleaner and getting rid of the "junk".
Should Automatic Updates be changed to manual? 7 seems to update constantly.
Wife said 71 updates last night that took forever.

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January 30, 2013 at 09:36:33

"Should Automatic Updates be changed to manual?"
I do.

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January 30, 2013 at 10:03:51

I allow updates to download but not install. I review and install the updates I want. I NEVER install hardware updates that come from MS.

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January 30, 2013 at 21:58:16

Tried the Wise Disk Cleaner. Nice utility, but didn't do the trick.
Now going though all of the programs and deleting junk. There is a lot of it!
Also just ordered 2 x 4GB Ram. That should do it! I hope!

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January 31, 2013 at 02:33:00

"That should do it! I hope!"
Fingers crossed.

Whilst waiting for ram, if you want me to check for malware, I can make a start.

Download DDS & upload 2 logs.
DDS which will create a Pseudo HJT Report as part of its log.
DDS will now start scanning your computer and compiling a variety of information about what programs are starting on your computer, what files have been recently created, and the general configuration of your computer. When DDS has finished scanning, all of this information will be compiled and be displayed in two Notepad windows named dds.txt and attach.txt as shown below.

Upload the 2 files to a site of your choosing or, all can be done with this.
I use

Image Uploader

How to use.

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January 31, 2013 at 02:58:37

I may be too late to advise but download Autoruns from Microsoft. It is a stand-alone program. No need to install.

Do not uninstall programs in a hurry. Run Autoruns and just uncheck the checkboxes of startup pograms first, which start automatically when Windows starts.

I assume you can identify what the programs whose checkboxes you uncheck do. Otherwise, you may make your machine unable to boot.

After some time of usage, you will see that you do not need some of the programs. Then you decide if you really want to uninstall them or not.

I understand this is a brand-new laptop. It needs some time to adapt to your usage of the programs. It has superfetch, prefetch, etc, that work together to make your computing experience a lot better.

Also install all Windows updates along with Service Pack 1 and defrag the hard disk afterwards.

Putting more RAM will help, too.



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February 4, 2013 at 10:11:24

OK, just got the 8GB RAM in and it boots up faster and shuts down faster.
When I open the browser(Safari) for the 1st time after boot-up it takes about 15 secs to open. After that it opens right up.
I'm sure that there is much more blotware that I can delete, but I'm being very careful of what I delete for I don't need to screw it up!

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February 4, 2013 at 15:40:21

It sounds like you are on the right track. I typically run msconfig go to Start Tab and uncheck most things that are not Microsoft, antivirus, and those needed to run the laptop, Apply and restart the machine. Start time will improve and you can reverse anything and have it start with Windows again if you find you need anything back.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 5, 2013 at 09:01:02

thanks, I'll try that. that sounds safer than just deleting things.

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February 5, 2013 at 11:25:44

The bloatware I mean is the Lenovo crap that you don't need. Also, any AVirus that may have come might be scanning the system every time you boot. That can be changed to scan at other times.

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February 5, 2013 at 15:53:07

#16 was meant in addition to uninstalling the bloatware and any included antivirus program and installing a quality antivirus program like Avast, Webroot, or MS Security Essentials. The disable the usable programs from starting with Windows so they are only running when you want them to be, not all of the time. Unless you install your operating system from scratch, you need to do this for any new system. When you get everything exactly like you are going to want to keep it (usually 3-5 days of use), consider making a Disk image and putting that away. This way, if the worst happens (trashed OS, or dead hard drive), you can return to this point exactly, reload your recent back up, and be running again in much less time and with much less trouble than a factory restore and then getting everything right all over again.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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February 5, 2013 at 21:48:56

One of the 1st things that I did was get rid of McAfee (trial). I've always had good luck with AVG free so I installed it as well as Malwarebytes. I use JetClean on my XP Desktop. Yup, I still like XP, so Win 7 is new to me let alone that nightmare Win 8!
I will defiantly make a Disk/System image after everything is tweaked in to my wife's liking.
Does this site look like it would be helpful, or is it too much?

OK, just ran msconfig and disabled everything except AVG on startup and disabled everything except Microsoft in the services tab. Seems to be a bit faster. I think it is as good as it will get now, unless I have to start turning things back on witch I doubt. My wife just wants this computer to go online and pay bill, shop..etc.
Thanks for everything everyone!

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