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    • chequeout
    • By chequeout 9th Jan 18, 2:12 PM
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    Please help: laptop mega-slow
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:12 PM
    Please help: laptop mega-slow 9th Jan 18 at 2:12 PM
    Hi all,

    I have a Lenovo laptop, it's about 3 years old, and up until December it was working perfectly. I mean, totally perfectly, to the point that I kept thinking what a good laptop it was.

    However, it was switched off for 3 weeks while I was at my parents place over Christmas, it was not used whatsoever. Prior to thism, it was used daily. I switched it on for the first time again yesterday after the three-week break and it is going so slowly. All of the windows components are going so slowly it is ridiculous, it takes about 2 mins to open a PDF, it won't connect to the printer, etc. The Internet is hit or miss, sometimes it's fine, sometimes it isn't and it freezes. I've re-booted loads of times, still the problem persists today.

    No idea why it has done this - it doesn't contain a lot of files, it has plenty of storage space left. I have full virus and malware protection on constantly and have run a scan and nothing has been found.

    If anyone has any ideas, please let me know as I will be so grateful. I cannot afford a new one, I rely on this laptop so much to connect with the outside world (I rarely leave the house and suffer from low confidence) and I cannot cope with this if it is broken.

    Thanks so much everyone in advance.
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    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 9th Jan 18, 2:14 PM
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    • #2
    • 9th Jan 18, 2:14 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:14 PM
    Have you tried doing a system restore to 3 weeks ago?
    Don't be angry!
    • chequeout
    • By chequeout 9th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
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    • #3
    • 9th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:20 PM
    No idea what that is / how to do it. Thanks though.
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    • J B
    • By J B 9th Jan 18, 2:22 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:22 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:22 PM
    I wonder if it's trying to do it's dreaded windoze updates??

    I normally find that restarting several times gives it a sufficient kick although the latest 'update' (fall edition? - not sure what has fallen but hey-ho) seems to be a biggie.
    • chequeout
    • By chequeout 9th Jan 18, 2:24 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:24 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:24 PM
    No idea, it doesn't seem to be doing anything. Just so confused, it has gone from being a great laptop to being simply useless.
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    • spadoosh
    • By spadoosh 9th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 2:25 PM
    Start (windows button)

    All programs > Accessories > System tools > System restore

    Pick the latest point the computer was running well and restore from their.
    Don't be angry!
    • grumpycrab
    • By grumpycrab 9th Jan 18, 3:41 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 3:41 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 3:41 PM
    I wonder if it's trying to do it's dreaded windoze updates??
    Originally posted by J B
    This. Before doing a restore, type "windows update" in Cortana/search; click "Windows update setting" and tell us what it says...
    If you put your general location in your Profile, somebody here may be able to come and help you.
    • Exemplar
    • By Exemplar 9th Jan 18, 4:12 PM
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    • #8
    • 9th Jan 18, 4:12 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 4:12 PM
    This. Before doing a restore, type "windows update" in Cortana/search; click "Windows update setting" and tell us what it says...
    Originally posted by grumpycrab
    This.

    Some of the recent updates are HUGE and will definitely slow your PC down to a crawl...
    'Just because its on the internet don't believe it 100%'. Abraham Lincoln.
    • dipsomaniac
    • By dipsomaniac 9th Jan 18, 4:22 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 4:22 PM
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    • 9th Jan 18, 4:22 PM
    3 weeks is a long time in a win10 world. before doing anything else i would make sure all updates have been installed. and then do a system clean up
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    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 10th Jan 18, 9:53 AM
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    I have full virus and malware protection on constantly.
    Originally posted by chequeout

    I would be looking in this direction.


    What software are you using for this ?
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    • deannatrois
    • By deannatrois 10th Jan 18, 11:13 AM
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    The last window update caused a lot of problems with my desktop. Lots of software just wouldn't work anymore, even Chrome was affected and the pc became quite slow (its not a slow pc).

    I restored the pc to before the update and it ran fine. Been avoiding all windows updates ever since lol.

    If you don't know how to run restore, google it with your version of windows i.e how to do Windows 10 system restore
    • ptrichardson
    • By ptrichardson 18th Jan 18, 9:39 PM
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    Open task manager, and enable "all process" if needed. Arrange by CPU use.
    What's taking up CPU time?
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