P.C slow with windows 7 and low memory

May 27, 2011 at 02:50:34
Specs: Windows 7
windows 7 low memory runs so slow:( This started up with my laptop a few weeks ago it was loading slower and slower then a notice kept coming up my memory was low. I don't know anything about computers in this way so i panicked and took off my dvx program ect..still no change. I belong to yahoo joke groups and other ones and it takes half a hour to get to them, please help Jacie

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#1
May 27, 2011 at 04:40:01
to make this all as simple as possible i would suggest save your files and do a factory restore, ie set your machine to the day you bought it. what brand and model do you have?

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#2
May 27, 2011 at 05:22:20
You need a good clean out, in more than one way. You have a build up of unnecessary junk, you have a build up of browser stuff (cookies, history, temp internet files, etc), you have unnecessary programs starting up when windows starts, and probably some type of infection.

You have two choices, you can back up your personal files, reset your machine to the way it was shipped from the factory and restore your files, OR you can learn what you need to do to maintain your system properly. Either way you need to tell us the make and model of your system, what antivirus program you are using, and what you have changed or added (hardware and utility software, not general programs).

If you choose to clean out your system and get it to run properly without resetting it you will be doing all of the following (let us know and we can help with some of the specifics):
1- Scan your system with a program called Malwarebytes (typically picks up on infections your antivirus program missed).
2- Depending on what antivirus program you have, you will either need to update it and reset it to update and run automatically, or you will need to replace it with one you can rely on (if McAfee or Norton, you will need to replace). I recommend Avast (free version), Microsoft Security Essentials (both free), or my favorite, Webroot Antivirus with Spysweeper (you will need to pay though).
3- Clean your your browser's Cookies, History, temp internet files, etc. weekly. Then set your browser to keep history for only 2 or 3 days, delete cookies when you close your browser, and similar settings.
4- Do a disk clean up and defrag now and about monthly.
5- Uninstall programs that you added but do not need as well as programs that came with your system that you will never use.
6- Remove programs from starting when windows starts. Run msconfig and under Start tab uncheck most programs that are not Microsoft, Your antivirus, and anything you really need immediately or running in the background (should not be too many though).
7- Make Windows repair disk.
8- Set up windows back up to automatically do a back up of your personal files (preferably to an external hard drive).

Your choice.

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


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#3
May 27, 2011 at 06:58:57
"I don't know anything about computers in this way"

#2 above explains that if you don't want a recurrence of your current problem you need to change the statement in quotes above.

Just like owning a car requires you not just to learn how to operate it, but to maintain it. On the simplest level that means filling the gas tank but if that is all you ever do, eventually the engine will break because you never changed oil. Tires will blow out because you never checked the pressure.

You get the idea?

You need to learn the basics in order to keep your computer running smoothly and cleanly.

Or you can just follow the advice given in #1 over and over again.


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#4
May 27, 2011 at 10:27:37
no-one even asked if the laptop came with windows 7 pre-installed....sounds like an upgrade to me.

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#5
May 27, 2011 at 12:43:31
XP,

"This started up with my laptop a few weeks ago" That indicates to me at least, the computer ran OK at some point.


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#6
May 27, 2011 at 15:01:59
not necessarily....if it's an unlicensed version of win 7, the OS deteriates after a short while within the 30 day trial

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#7
May 27, 2011 at 20:20:24
never heard of an unliceesed version giving low memory messages.
if someone has a computer and does not know a lot about techie stuff, a factory restore is the fastest least frustrating way to go, over and over again is really not an issue nor is it usually neccesary.
not everyone wants to spend hours learning how to maintain a computer at peak compatability, speed and road worthyness, nor do they want to take it too the garage everytime they have a squeek.
however, if you can press a magic button and let the machine do its own refresh and clean, it saves many hours of frustration, which is exactly how win 7 was built to operate.. most programs do their own updates, and keep themselves in trim, however i admit more people should take the time to learn the basics, but when you have a machine that is not doing the job its required to do..thats not really the time to start learning.. in my humble opinion... lets get real here, if all owners followed the startup advice and created recovery disks, ran backups, cleaned out the crap and learned to run their machines as clean, perfect machines, this site would be basically obselete. win 7 has a single tool that saves many frustrating hours for your average computer user, i think they should learn to use it. again just a humble opinion in the face of so many super experts..

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#8
May 27, 2011 at 20:30:15
princecorum

I was not saying that performing a factory restore is the wrong action for this user. I was taking an opportunity to educate them. I never heard of an unlicensed (not registered?) version acting that way either.

In this case I think it would behoove the OP to try cleaning the computer before performing a factory restore. I base that on the symptoms described in the first post.

In the long run it may be the faster route to take.

As fingers pointed out it is the OP's choice.


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