Another Slow Computer

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Hi guys, I need some help, my computer is beginning to drive me mad.

Mainly because I can't fathom out why its running so slowly, it's becoming impossible though.

At times it struggles to switch between windows, it's got this annoying habit of leaving a single menu item from a drop down menu constantly on the screen. It's got the point where I end up switching to my laptop it's so frustrating.

But I don't know what's wrong, I've been through the pinned thread about speeding up computers, I've always kept start-up items to a minimum, I regularly scan with avast and malwarebytes. I run Ccleaner and bleachbit on a regular basis too ( they are all scheduled using Task scehduler and run automatically)And when it's going slowly neither the CPU or memory are maxed out, so I don't really know what to do.

The machine is about 4 years old, I built it myself and is running Windows 7, It's a dual core E5200 processor and has 4GB of Ram. So nothing special, but it should be running fairly smoothly I'd have thought.

Any help is greatly appreciated :)

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  • grumpycrabgrumpycrab Forumite
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    How much c: drive space left. Any particularly low system ratings? (Windows key+PauseBreak -> Windows Experience Index).
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
  • WTFHWTFH Forumite
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    How much free disk space do you have?
    Are you running any services which syncronise with the cloud? (Skydrive, dropbox, google docs, icloud, etc)
    1. Have you tried to Google the answer?
    2. If you were in the other person's shoes, how would you react?
    3. Do you want a quick answer or better understanding?
  • ShrimplyShrimply Forumite
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    Here you go, nothing very worrying I don't think. And no I don't use any synchronisation services.

    More details about my computer


    Component Details Subscore Base score
    Processor Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU E5200 @ 2.50GHz 6.0 4.2
    Determined by lowest subscore

    Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB 5.9
    Graphics AMD Radeon HD 7450 4.2
    Gaming graphics 2399 MB Total available graphics memory 5.9
    Primary hard disk 501GB Free (931GB Total) 5.9
    Windows 7 Home Premium

    System


    Manufacturer To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    Model To Be Filled By O.E.M.
    Total amount of system memory 4.00 GB RAM
    System type 64-bit operating system
    Number of processor cores 2

    Storage

    Total size of hard disk(s) 1490 GB
    Disk partition (C:) 501 GB Free (931 GB Total)
    Media drive (D:) CD/DVD
    Disk partition (E:) 38 GB Free (466 GB Total)
    Disk partition (G:) 59 GB Free (93 GB Total)

    Graphics

    Display adapter type AMD Radeon HD 7450
    Total available graphics memory 2399 MB
    Dedicated graphics memory 1024 MB
    Dedicated system memory 0 MB
    Shared system memory 1375 MB
    Display adapter driver version 12.104.0.0
    Primary monitor resolution 1680x1050
    DirectX version DirectX 10

    Network

    Network Adapter Realtek PCIe FE Family Controller
    Network Adapter Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)

    Notes

    The gaming graphics score is based on the primary graphics adapter. If this system has linked or multiple graphics adapters, some software applications may see additional performance benefits.










  • How many files \ folders are on your dektop? This is generally a major cause of slow boot up \ logon times.

    Next check your page file size. Right click My Computer - properties - advanced - performance - advanced - virtual memory. Set initial and maximum to the same and my rule of thumb (If you have 4GB Ram - then set both to 4608 (1024 * 4 + 512). Seems to improve performance on PC's I've worked on.

    Also make sure you have plenty of free space on your system drive
  • Have you tried booting off a Live CD or better still, installing Ubuntu within Windows to see if the performance issues remain?
  • danthemoneysavingmandanthemoneysavingman Forumite
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    try posting a hijackthis log, closed may pop by and offer some advice
    Let me Google that for you...
  • ShrimplyShrimply Forumite
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    Thanks all,

    I didn't have that much on my desktop, usually keep it pretty much clear, but I have removed the few files that were there through pure laziness to actually file them somewhere. I've changed the virtual memory, was set to 3600 ish I think, and I've posted the log below in case it helps
  • danthemoneysavingmandanthemoneysavingman Forumite
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    no log! in case you didnt realise...
    Let me Google that for you...
  • closedclosed Forumite
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    backup, reinstall windows from factory restore partition or disc
    !!
    > . !!!! ----> .
  • ShrimplyShrimply Forumite
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    There was no log, because it wouldn't let me post it and I had to go out but it can be found here

    http://temp-share.com/show/2gFb922S8

    Is reinstalling windows the only option, I'd rather not if at all possible. It had a repair re-install done only a year ago, which should do the same thing?
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