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Post by alewiina on Thu 27 Nov 2014, 1:11 pm

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Hello!  I originally posted this in the hardware forum, and was asked to re-post it here, so here we go


My desktop computer has been running frustratingly slow as of late.  I tried defragging it, which didn't seem to change anything.  I also used "Disk cleanup" which doesn't seem to have changed anything either.

I still have 170GB on my harddrive, and I have 8 GB of RAM.

Well, here, this is my system specs:


I'm not entirely sure when it started getting slower, but the last month or two have been torture.  I used to use this desktop all the time for gaming and such BECAUSE it was fast, but now it crawls.

What else can I do?  Most guides just say to de-frag and things like that but I've done what I can figure out how to do... Help?  

Thanks in advance

EDITED TO ADD: I have the premium/full version of Malware Bytes on this computer and it didnt find anything the last time I scanned, but I can't remember when that was, so I'm running another scan right now.

Edit #2: The scan finished and it staid there was nothing malicious.

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by Superdave on Thu 25 Dec 2014, 7:58 am

Yes, always keep a copy of your important data somewhere safe. Although the repair option shouldn't affect your files, it's always a safe bet.

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by alewiina on Fri 10 Apr 2015, 2:45 pm

Hi! I am so sorry but I totally forgot about this thread, my school stuff got crazy and it completely slipped my mind.

However, i finished my last final today and was gripped with a desperate desire to fix this damn computer, so I am currently backing up all my stuff to an external HD so I can try the recovery.

I was just wondering, does the recover change everything to a completely blank slate? Like default images, no installed programs, etc?! Just want to know if I'm going to have to spend a long time re-installing all of my software (and I'll have to call Adobe and see if they'll reinstate my CS3 license since this is the third computer I activated it on, oops).

So yeah what exactly does the recovery recover? Does it just do something to background files or does it completely reboot everything?

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Post by Superdave on Sat 11 Apr 2015, 4:21 am

The Recovery will take your computer back to the day it was purchased while a repair should not affect your programs or files.

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by alewiina on Sat 11 Apr 2015, 5:33 am

Hmm Alright. So I'm guessing I should try the repair first, and if that doesn't work, then try the recovery?

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by Superdave on Sat 11 Apr 2015, 6:06 am

Please let me know how it turns out?

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by alewiina on Sat 11 Apr 2015, 9:05 am

Well, I did the repair but nothing seems to have changed. The games I tried are still super laggy and even just loading other programs is really slow. I think I might have to just suck it up and do the recovery. What do you think>?

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by Superdave on Sat 11 Apr 2015, 9:30 am

That's probably your best move. Don't forget to backup all your important data to an external drive or DVD's. Also make a list of the programs you currently have on your computer so that you can re-install them.

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by alewiina on Sat 11 Apr 2015, 10:58 am

Okay, except now I can't seem to get into anything, F8 isnt bringing up anything, F10 brings me to a setup menu with a super old-looking UI (blue and grey) and the beginning screen when I turn on the computer flashes so fast I can't read it to see if there's any other short cuts.  *frustrated*  If its not F8, how else would I get into the Recovery part?

Edit: nevermind, the F8 thing finally worked, I just had to hit it a billion times.

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by alewiina on Tue 21 Jul 2015, 6:13 am

Hey so, I know this is forever ago, but I thought I'd post quickly.

I never got the damn thing running quickly again. I did a system wipe and restore and it still is slow. Pretty sure I'm gonna have to settle for the fact that its old and sluggish now

Thank you for all your help. I really appreciate it <3

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by Superdave on Wed 22 Jul 2015, 5:46 am

If you did a System Recovery correctly, the computer should be running like the first day you purchase it. How exactly did you do it?

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by alewiina on Wed 22 Jul 2015, 8:02 am

I can't remember now but I followed your instructions on startup and restored it. It went back to factory state, like it was new again, but its still slow on the internet and some games. That's why I think it must be a software problem.

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by Superdave on Wed 22 Jul 2015, 12:24 pm

but its still slow on the internet and some games.
If you restored it to factory specs. there's no reason why such a computer running Windows 7 should be slow. Are you playing these games on the internet? That could be why it's slow. Check your internet speed with this tool.

Here's the site to test your ISP speed.

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by alewiina on Fri 24 Jul 2015, 5:59 pm

Well its slow on World of Warcraft, but I play the same game on the same ISP on my laptop 3 feet away and it runs just fine. What could be causing the desktop to be slow and lag badly if the laptop is not, if the only problem you can see is the ISP?

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Re: Computer running really, really slow

Post by Superdave on Sat 25 Jul 2015, 6:11 am

Did you run the speed test on both computer? Did you try different browsers?

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