Slow system under Vista basic.

June 17, 2009 at 19:39:26
Specs: Vista Home Basic, C2D E4500 @ 3GHz 4GB
I've been putting up with a horribly slow system for the last 3 - 4 months, but I cant be bothered waiting anymore. Once I have logged onto Windows it takes about a minute for the sidebar to appear and then another minute before the system stops loading.

Since pretty much everything is loaded up with about 350GB of stuff and my files are a bit of a mess I'd like to do a fresh install and have a nice responsive system. But I only have one activation left for my CD key (3 time limit) I'd like to keep that for another computer once I have this one running on Win7.

So, Is creating a second user account and then deleting the original one a good way to clear up the system? I'd have to uninstall all my programs in the original account to get my space back though.

Thoughts? And yes, I have checked MSCONFIG and removed all things I didn't need. All that starts up is Spybot SD, AVG and a Program for my digital TV tuner.

Mattwizz3
Gigabyte P35-DS3R
4GB DDR2 800
9800GT
E4500


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#1
June 17, 2009 at 22:39:36
Personal files should not cause any problem loading Windows. But most probably, you have lots of entries loading at startup.

Use CCleaner to clean your system and possibly registry.

http://www.ccleaner.com/

Inspect your startup programs.

Start> Run> Msconfig> Startup tab

Uncheck anything you do not need at boot time. If something does not work, you can check it back here.

Finally do a Defragmentation of the hard disk, only the part of the hard disk where Windows is installed.

This should make things work better.

Regards

SuatCINI


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#2
June 18, 2009 at 13:59:10
Unless I am wrong you can activate all you want. You may have to call their stupid help desk for a new key is all.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#3
June 19, 2009 at 07:58:39
Hmmm, I thought it was only three.. but awesome anyways. I decided on an alternative solution, I bought a new HDD and I'm installing win 7. I'll see how I like it.

Mattwizz3
Gigabyte P35-DS3R
4GB DDR2 800
9800GT
E4500


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