Slow windows but I have tried to make it faster

Acer / Aspire x3810
June 24, 2013 at 05:45:45
Specs: Windows 7 SP1, i3 second generation / 8 GB RAM
Hello, I have noticed that my computer has slowed down very much. I have tried everything that I know that makes the computer faster... I have Norton Internet Security, also Diskeeper (Disk defrag program). My hard drive is on 1 TB, and i have used 1/4 of it. I have checked the startup programs and deleted some of them. Removed programs. Also used Ccleaner.

The computer is just a year old (exept for the harddrive that is 3-4 years old). The hard drive has 8 millisecond in acces time. Some tips and advice how I can make the computer fast again? The startup time for the computer is around 5 min. I am a Microsoft Certified Professional, so I know what I am talking about.

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June 24, 2013 at 06:41:03
First give us full specs of your PC\ Laptop.

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June 24, 2013 at 13:59:23
Dump Norton. Install Avast Free version, MS Security Essentials, or Webroot (pay for).
Dump Defrag Program. Windows automatically defrags well enough by itself.
Run Malwarebytes to be sure you are infection free.
Run Memtest from bootable CD to test your memory for errors.
Update drivers from mfg's site or if custom/customized, from component mfg's site for those components.
Manually run Windows Update.
Update Browser(s).
Update Flash, Java, & Reader.
Run Disk Clean Up.
Clean out Browser's History, Cookies, Temp Internet Files, unnecessary add-ons and added toolbars.
Check internal temps with HWMonitor to make sure you are not getting heat related throttling back.
Make sure that your SATA speed, Boot Drive, Boot Order, Graphics/PCIe settings, CPU & RAM speeds, and others art correct in your BIOS.

As mentioned, detailed specs are essential for specific system advice, rather than general advice.

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

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June 25, 2013 at 09:17:23
Here you go

Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Intel Core i3 2100 @ 3.10GHz 39 °C
Sandy Bridge 32nm Technology
8,00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Acer AL1913 (1280x1024@75Hz)
32LX1R-ZE (1360x768@75Hz)
1024MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 (ASUStek Computer Inc) 42 °C
Hard Drives
932GB Western Digital WDC WD10EAVS-00D7B1 ATA Device (SATA) 36 °C
Optical Drives
Realtek High Definition Audio
Operating System
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Computer type: Desktop
Installation Date: 2012-12-27 14:03:08
Serial Number: MWT3Y-Q9PV8-RTF9R-K9PDP-XWV2C
Windows Security Center
User Account Control (UAC) Enabled
Notify level 3 - Always Notify
Windows Update
AutoUpdate Download Automatically and Notify Prior to Install
Windows Defender
Windows Defender Disabled
Firewall Enabled
Company Name Symantec
Display Name Norton Personal Firewall
Product Version Unknown
Antivirus Enabled
Company Name Symantec
Display Name Norton Internet Security
Virus Signature Database Up to date
.NET Frameworks installed
v4.5 Full
v4.5 Client
v3.5 SP1
v3.0 SP2
v2.0 SP2
Internet Explorer
Version 10.0.9200.16618
Version 2.0

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June 25, 2013 at 09:20:29
Google on Diskeeper, it is a very good proghram that I recommend. You don't need to care about fragmentation any more then.

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June 25, 2013 at 09:43:19
I agree with the #2 post, get rid of norton first!
I used to have norton in my PC also which made it hell slow & sometimes alsokeeps using 100% CPU.

Also check your task manager & what is state of CPU usage when idle, may be something is hogging up you CPU which makes other things slow.

Post a screenshot of task manager if you can.

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July 31, 2014 at 08:46:36
You don't need to care about fragmentation any more then.

I don't care about fragmentation at all. It is a trivial problem of little significance, not worth the space for anything over and above what Microsoft provide.

A lot of rubbish is talked about fragmentation, mainly by software vendors trying to get you to pay for something you don't need. Fragmentation might have been a problem with FAT32 but since NTFS became common it is much less of a problem A well organised system probably needs dragging about once every three months and with the new SSD drives, never.

Yes, get rid of Norton first. That will be a huge bottle neck.


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July 31, 2014 at 10:11:18
You might also run one or two other clean out utliities too.


Junkware Removal Tool

Kaspersky Rescue disk

Download the Kaspersky ISO; burn to a DVD; boot with that DVD. It will load itself (based on a Linux variant) into RAM only; then go on-line to update itself. Then it will scan the entire system fully (if you opt to - and advise you do); and hopefully find a few items that aren't discovered when Windows is booted up - and thus delete them. There are some pests that hide once windows is up and running; and thus not detected (easily) nor removed (easily).

All of the above are freebies; and well regarded here.

Likely you will get more input later this evening from JohnW (another contributor here is who is well up on pest removal - as are the other pholks above). Wise to head the advice that is proffered by JohnW - and the chaps above already....

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July 31, 2014 at 18:10:44
First try everything in post #2
Norton is well known as a Hog of your system resources.
Do not use any defrag other than Windows with Windows 7. Windows 95 needed some help with defrag, but that no longer applies.
Do not use any firewall other than Windows Firewall with Widows 7.
Go back and edit your #3 post and REMOVE your Windows Key. They are unique and should be kept private.
You have commented on select parts of the suggestions and appear to have ignored everything else. "Microsoft Certified Professional..." --- not so sure with feedback so far.
The 100% (or nearly so) sure way to make everything as fast as it was when it was new is to save personal files to an external drive, unplug it. put in the Windows 7 install disk, select Install/Custom/Format, and delete all partitions on the hard drive. Then create a new partition and format it to NTFS and proceed to install a clean copy of Windows 7. Update Windows, Install Avast or Webroot, install your favorite programs (NO UTILITIES), Then put back your files.
The sure fire 120% way to make your system much more responsive is to unplug your hard drive, install a new SSD drive 120-240GB and install a clean copy of Windows 7 on it (as above except your personal files). When all is running right, plug in your hard drive and once you prove to yourself that everything is better, move off your files, format the hard drive, and put back your files. Another suggestion is to partition off 100GB to 200GB and put an image of your SSD drive onto it as a precaution.

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

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July 31, 2014 at 21:32:54
'I have checked the startup programs and deleted some of them'
Dumping Norton will surely help. Actually the only thing that needs to run at startup is your anti-virus. Have you unchecked all the others and tried that yet? You just said 'some'

HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions

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