Vista Running very slow

January 30, 2010 at 06:51:42
Specs: Win Vista Home, 1.8GHz AMD/2GB DDR3
I Have recently bought a new Acer Laptop, I haven't got it long and it's already extremely slow. It does not have any viruses or spyware on it. I haven't got any programs extra installed apart from what was already on the laptop. It takes for example 3-4 minutes to open windows explorer.

Please Advise.


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January 30, 2010 at 12:44:39
Most new laptops come with a 3-months trial of Norton Internet Security pre-installed. This is notorious for slowing down Windows because it uses a lot of memory, particularly if the installed ram is not very generous to start with. Vista needs at least 2GB ram to run at a decent speed, even without Norton installed.

If it's on your laptop I would remove it and install something which uses less memory. Norton software is also notorious for leaving bits behind when you think you've uninstalled it. This can make it impossible to install an alternative security product. With that in mind, Symantec have released the 'Norton Removal Tool' here:

If you want an alternative, there's an excellent free one called 'Comodo Internet Security' which uses less than half the amount of ram that Norton uses. I use it myself. Get it here:

When you've installed it, be sure to turn off the Windows Firewall because, unlike some other firewalls, Comodo doesn't do that for you and it's not wise to have two software firewalls running at the same time.

You should also check what programs are being loaded automatically everytime Windows starts. New computers may have up to half-a-dozen startup programs running which you don't need (like some of the things in the system tray). They all deplete the amount of ram that's left over for Windows to use.

All you should need in the system tray are icons for:
Internet Security
Battery Monitor
Wireless Status
Speaker Volume Adjustment

Anything else in there can be safely disabled to free up more memory. They may each have a right-click menu where you can disable them. Or you can use the Startup Manager built-in to Windows Defender which itself is built-in to Windows Vista.

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January 30, 2010 at 13:15:31
Thanks for the advice, but I have already uninstalled Norton and installed McAfee and I also disabled all unnecessary startup programs and services. I'm almost certain it cannot be the RAM because it's 2Gb DDR3 - new Module RAM - it is almost as strong as 4-6GB DDR2 - most common RAM.

All that really works at this stage is I disable all the visual effects, animation etc, but then it looks like Windows 98 or OS/2 graphics.
At this stage all I can think of is the processor isn't strong enough to support vista.

I just thought maybe someone else had the same problem.

But Thanks pip22


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April 13, 2010 at 12:11:26
I had the same problem.

I cleaned my computer with

and it did the trick

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April 13, 2010 at 13:30:11
The word 'slow' is relative. Therefore, it does not mean much by itself. Anyway, what is the SP level of your Vista. Please install SP1 and SP2 first, if not yet done so, and the remaining updates and then judge its slowness and be more specific.



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April 16, 2010 at 23:56:50
Contact to your service provider or check your laptop configuration. i think some thing is wrong. because in my laptop vista is running vert good.
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April 17, 2010 at 09:42:03
'uninstalled Norton and installed McAfee'

You replaced a rescource hog with another one. Those 2 are the most notorious progs for slowing down a PC.

I would suggest Avast Free
and just use the windows firewall.

You may also want to use decrapifier
To help remove all your trials which DO bog down a PC.
Also go into msconfig and shut down a lot of start-up items that don't have to run at startup.

That will speed up your PC as 2GB of ram should be enough UNLESS you have a 64bit system.

Also run Ccleaner
To clean out all the excess junk files and also click on the registry tab and run that to safely clean out your registry.

Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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