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Old March 1st, 2019, 07:27 PM
Wheathin Wheathin is offline
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Molasses in January has nothing on my laptop

I hope this is the correct place to post this, but my laptop is unbelievably slow. I only use it to type up estimates for clients and other miscellaneous admin tasks - basically I rarely use it and very briefly. Somehow, my wife has the exact same computer and uses it incessantly and hers is like lightning.

I don't know if it's malware, unnecessary software or what but I'm about to go "Office Space" on it.

Any ideas?
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Old March 2nd, 2019, 02:27 AM
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Which Operating system does it have? I would first download and run:

Malwarebytes

Download and install the FREE version, once it is installed double click on the Malwarebytes Icon to run the program. Just run the free program you do not need to Activaye License, Get Premium Trial or Upgrade Now.

Just hit SCAN NOW.

When it is done, can take awhile, whatever threats are identified, remove them. Now reboot and see if there is any difference.

Now you need to see what programs are starting with Windows. Depending on your Operating System:

Windows 7:
Press Win-r, in the Open field type msconfig and press enter
Click the Start-Up Tab

Many of the programs do not need to start with windows, you would uncheck the ones you don't want. If you are unsure list them here. Remember these are just shortcuts to the programs that start with Windows. Most don't need to run in the background and can be opened only when you need them.


Window 10: Hit CTRL>ALT>DEL then select Task Manager

Open the Tab that says Startup.

If you are unsure which programs should start with Windows, google it or post back here.

Now once you have done this, reboot. Is the system and faster???
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Old March 2nd, 2019, 11:31 PM
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Ok, did all that. No threats detected with Malwarebytes.

After winconfig, only found a couple of unnecessary programs.

After reboot, still super sluggish.
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Old March 3rd, 2019, 05:28 PM
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What version of Windows???

Try a clean boot:

“Clean boot” starts Windows with a minimal set of drivers and startup programs, so that you can determine whether a background program is interfering with your game or program.

Windows 7;
  • Click Start and type msconfig in the search box.
  • Press Enter.
  • On the General tab, click Selective startup.
  • Clear the Load startup items check box.
  • Click the Services tab.
  • Select the Hide all Microsoft services check box (at the bottom).
  • Click Disable all.
  • Click OK.


Did it speed up any????

After completing your troubleshooting, restore your system by doing the following:
  • Click Start and type msconfig in the search box.
  • Press Enter.
  • On the General tab, select Normal startup.
  • Click OK.
  • Click Yes when asked to restart your computer.

Windows 10;

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...oot-in-windows
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Old March 4th, 2019, 11:59 PM
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I did that and I actually found that my bootup was already set to "Selective Startup." However, I did what you said and rebooted and the speed was so minimally better, I'm not even sure if it did anything or I'm just being hopeful. I changed it back to "Normal Startup" and it's still the same.

It is still way slower than I'd expect it to be.
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Old March 7th, 2019, 03:56 PM
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Faulty hard disks can cause this issue. You can check its health by downloading Hard Disk Sentinel
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Old March 10th, 2019, 04:52 PM
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What version of Windows?????????
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Old March 12th, 2019, 12:50 AM
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I downloaded HD Sentinel and the only thing it found was that it had 16 bad sectors. It said there was no action needed and it wasn't a big enough problem to fall under the warranty.

Windows 7.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 03:48 AM
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I downloaded HD Sentinel and the only thing it found was that it had 16 bad sectors. It said there was no action needed and it wasn't a big enough problem to fall under the warranty.
Run HD Sentinel again, and watch the bad sector count.
If it has increased from 16 bad sectors to even just 17.
Backup the data off of it right away, because the drive is slowly failing.



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Old March 12th, 2019, 06:49 PM
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I re-ran the test and there was no change. So, at least it's not dying slowly.
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Old March 12th, 2019, 08:47 PM
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Hmmm............


Well, it still makes good sense to backup the HDD.


I've had Hard Drives just suddenly fail without warning,
and I had no indications that it was dying.


How long have you noticed that the Laptop was getting sluggish?
Also, how old is the Laptop?


Reason being that HDD's are normally rated for a life span of 5 to 6 years.
So, if your Laptop is over this, it still may need to have the HDD replaced.


You can get 1TB 2.5" Laptop HDD's for around $55.00.
So, if you only have a 250GB HDD in the Laptop.
You'll have a lot more storage, and should see an increase in performance.
OR.......
Replace the old HDD with a SSD.
This will definitely give your Laptop a increase in speed.
But SSD's do cost more.


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Old March 13th, 2019, 04:21 PM
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Yeah, I'm familiar with the age expectancy, but this thing has been slow almost from the moment I bought it.
It's pretty old and truthfully I should just deep six it and get a new one. I was hoping to get a bit more life out of this one, but I guess I have to bite the bullet.
Thanks for your help everyone!
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Old March 14th, 2019, 05:24 PM
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Yeah, I'm familiar with the age expectancy, but this thing has been slow almost from the moment I bought it.
It's pretty old and truthfully I should just deep six it and get a new one. I was hoping to get a bit more life out of this one, but I guess I have to bite the bullet.
Thanks for your help everyone!
Here's one thing you could try.


Use the Windows Defrag on the drive.
It may make a bit of differance.




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