Solved Optimize Windows 7 i3 Laptop

Toshiba / Satellite c650 19t
December 24, 2012 at 02:53:41
Specs: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel i3 350M (2.27Ghz) 6GB RAM
My laptop is nearly 2 years old and runs well but I would like to see if I can make it any faster. I've already put more RAM in it so if I put in any more I will be getting rid of 2GB and replacing it with 4GB. I update, scan, defragment and cleanup my laptop every Friday but I have found on a Saturday it will run incredibly fast while by Friday morning it will be freezing and lagging quite a bit. I run Advanced System Care, Wise Disk Cleaner, Wise Registry Cleaner every week along with Smart Defrag and occasionally Ultimate Defrag. I don't want to reduce graphics or turn off the Windows animations. Any tips for speeding up? I don't mind any overclocking tips so long as they're safe and don't reduce fire safety.

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December 24, 2012 at 03:51:37
Wait till you get the extra 2 Gbs of RAM and see what difference that makes.

With only 2 Gbs of RAM you paging file will be working overtime which slow you down quite a lot.

Check you disk space. Windows creates a lot of temp files and if you are running short of space on the system drive, usually drive C:. that will slow you down considerably. The fact that it works well for a short while then slows down would indicate that this is the problem.


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December 24, 2012 at 04:20:38
The system drive is just over half full but it has 6GB of RAM, sorry for my unclear explanation.

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December 24, 2012 at 05:12:19
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You apparently have a 2GB and 4GB memory card, but to take full advantage of dual channel memory, getting a matched set of memory (or an exact match for your 4GB stick) will speed things up (assuming Windows 64bit operating system).

I use Disk Clean Up that is built into Windows 7 periodically, Clean out my browser (Cookies, History, Temp Internet Files, etc) daily, set browser to delete history and cookies on closing (keeping history for 1-3 days isn't bad either), and let Windows 7 manage the defrag automatically.

The registry is usually best left alone.

Use msconfig Start Tab and uncheck all except Microsoft and your antivirus program, Apply and Restart the machine. This will remove many programs from starting with Windows and will speed thing up quite a bit.

Forget overclocking on a laptop.

Your antivirus program can make a great difference in the speed of your system. If you are using a System Resource Hog like Norton or McAfee, changing to Avast Free version will give you better protection and a faster system. I use Webroot Secure Anywhere personally at home and have used their products for many years and find them to have very good protection and far superior to the big names (Norton and McAfee) as well as many others. This latest version from Webroot, is the most invisible protection I have come across. You never have to wait for it to update to finish or complete a scheduled scan to do things since it no longer needs these things (their site will explain it better than I can). Of course you need to pay for it though. [I just noticed they have a nice holiday special deal]

Nothing else I can think of....

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

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December 24, 2012 at 06:41:37
If you want absolute optimal performance, wipe the HDD & start from scratch. That means deleting ALL partitions, creating new partitions, then re-installing Win7 (using a retail disk, not the Toshiba version) & all the latest device drivers, then run WIndows Update several times until all the updates are in place.

You generally do not need to defrag Win7, it does it automatically so there's little need for 3rd party defrag programs.

There's also no need for "Advanced System Care, Wise Disk Cleaner, Wise Registry Cleaner". Just install CCleaner-Slim & use it regularly. The key to optimal performance is to run your system as lean as possible & not have it cluttered up with a bunch of crappy programs that will bog it down. As stated by Fingers, the AV program can make a huge difference. I'm personally not a fan of AVAST but a lot of people in these forums recommend it. I used AVG until it became bloatware, now I use MSE (Microsoft Security Essentials) along with Malwarebyte's Antimalware.

We have no idea what other software you have installed, but there's little need to have a lot of programs loading at startup. Use MSCONFIG (or CCleaner > Tools > Startup) to disable all the unnecessary programs from loading in the background. Do you have the Notification Area configured to 'always show all icons in the taskbar'? That will help you to keep tabs on what's preloaded. I've seen some systems that when 'show all' is enabled, 1/4 to 1/3 of the taskbar is filled with icons. And they wonder why their system is so sluggish.

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December 24, 2012 at 07:49:30
Thanks for your answers! Although it seems I have already tried many of the suggestions so I don't think I can get my laptop to go any faster. Only thing I could do now is uninstall most of my programs although I'm unlikely to do that because I still need to use my laptop for work.

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