Solved Slow computer, tried what I know

January 30, 2012 at 12:54:48
Specs: Windows 7
Upgraded from Vista to Win7
Service Pack 1
Compaq Presario SR2170NX
intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.00GHz 2.99 GHz
RAM 1.00 GB (895 MB usable)

So countless times, I've tried:
cleaning the disk of temporary files, etc
unchecking most of startup programs in the msconfig
used CCleaner for registry errors,and other things, etc
uninstalling programs
performing a system recovery
Updated to Win7

This computer frustrates me sooo much, I have no idea what to do anymore. Had it for about three years and it's been like this for about maybe 2 years, bought from family friend. Anyone, have any insight, answers, as to what I should do?

Thank you

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January 30, 2012 at 13:12:22
Of you performed a clean OEM recovery and then directly upgraded to Windows 7 then I'd begin to rule out the OS. I'd look at running memory diagnostics and then move on to hard drive diags.

If you played with bios I guess it could be some wildly wrong settings.

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January 30, 2012 at 13:39:03
An error is preventing windows from checking for memory problems during startup.
It asks that I boot the computer from the windows installation disc to perform the diagnostic ... as soon as I find that disc..

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January 30, 2012 at 13:46:29
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Running Windows 7 on a Pentium 4 with only 1GB of RAM is always going to be slow. Add a Gb of RAM would give you a dramatic increase in performance.


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January 30, 2012 at 14:06:11
As stated above, more RAM would help. "895 MB usable" is definitely not enough to run Win7 decently.

Other than that, did you check the CPU temp? It's possible your P4 is overheating & throttling back. Try ThrottleWatch:

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January 30, 2012 at 14:39:25
Cant get that program to work :-/ dammit.
Anyway THANK YOU GUYS for your help, will be installing this week .

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January 30, 2012 at 21:11:30
As above, absolutely, more memory should help.
If you still need to test your memory, make a bootable CD with Memtest on it and boot to that for a comprehensive memory test.

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