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What slows Windows down?

By LNCPapa
Sep 11, 2006
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  1. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,341   +280

  2. lewisje

    lewisje TS Rookie

    I suspect that the author of that link in the OP had not yet heard of drive-by downloads via malvertising, which weren't so prominent back in 2006.
     
  3. akannitaoheed

    akannitaoheed TS Rookie Posts: 99

    Even without the tests, NORTON is pronounced NOTHING in my area. So what do you expect? It's a no go area for me!!!
     
  4. efecanirim

    efecanirim TS Rookie

    Why use norton when we have something like eset smart security? It has been my cyber-life saver for many years now.
     
  5. Night Fire

    Night Fire TS Member Posts: 35

    true this piece of software is awesome unlike Norton which suck big time protection-wise and resources consumption-wise i'd say the same for Kasper but its like ur computer in a fortress still it eats lots of ur system resources and not suitable for gaming video editing and designers well it would be ok on an office pc or lightly used laptop or so.
    also useless services slow ur pc down ALOT if u dont use/have bluetooth why keep its service running.... and so on u can use tuneup to shut down those useless services and also the start up programs which u dont need right at the system start up should be disabled and started rather manually when needed that would speed things alot for u u can also close some background programs i.e yahoo messenger live messenger and similar programs.
     
  6. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TS Booster Posts: 808   +51

    I'm in on it xD

    Mostly unnecessary background processes, junk files and fragmentation are the culprits. Take a look at Koroush Ghazi's TGTC:
    http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html

    And yes, IObit's Game Booster can help too. It's all about maintainence.
     
  7. edwardallene

    edwardallene TS Rookie

    Any computer user that’s owned and installed software onto their computer knows that the more you install, the slower the command of the computer runs. Most also know that it’s not just quantity and that what you install plays a large factor in how slowly your computer runs.It really depends on how your hard disk are capable on handling a big application on your computer, as well as anti virus would help you. I would recommend Avira anti-virus because it detects different malwares on your computer.
     
  8. tweakboy

    tweakboy TS Maniac Posts: 518

    What slows down any computer , with the hard drive bottleneck. apps launch in 0 seconds, windows boot up 16.9 sec........
     
  9. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,693   +86

    When last did you clean your system,
    Corrupt or bloated Registry
    Fix blocks on the HD reads and writes
    Junk files
    Tweak the system to make sure it's using all your cores and memory.
    Don't drag the system down using to much memory for sharing video if you sharing video.
    Clear the clipboard memory once that fills up all sorts of issues
     
  10. Peettzo

    Peettzo TS Rookie

    My computer was working so well all along, then one day I wanted to reinstall the operating system (XP 2002). all the service park2(2002 en 2006) refused to install, for some time I was using SP3 but very slow. yesterday it accepted SP2, but it is still abnormally slow. the HD, the RAM, the Mother board are all okay
    I need some advises
    thank u.
     
  11. Gars

    Gars TS Enthusiast Posts: 228

    Pap, im in problem with the First Enterprise release (n)
    its not pi its a C+
     
     
  12. richard35PC

    richard35PC TS Rookie

    Windows is slowing itself down witheir so called 'free firewall', which main purpose is to track everybody with their ' cloud', and when you take a hotmailmail account they need to know all your private stuff incl. telephone number... That's against the law. And don't forget the wonderfull shadowcopies. And a register that's get fuller every day. But most of all, do I hate it that you get 1 key with such a instable o.s. And you can use cleaner, but often day clean shared regkeys etc.. I'm into making music now and I've tried a couple of programs via torrents to see which one fits me most and bought a 2000euro apple, which compared with the stabilaty and screen-option ain't more expensive then a game laptop. Offcourse I like building a desktop with watercooling and stuff, but different parts from diferent factories allways give more problems then 1 os for 1 system..... The problem is that you can't opgrade a lot(memory etc), but 8 ram for a laptop is good for now. What I do like about windows is that the open-source projects are getting more populair and its nice that you can learn programming .... The things you can do with the commandline..... only.....
    But why closing torrentpages. When you buy a new car...you take a testdrive.....with the whole car. So why not let the people give a couple of days to tro the whole package of software and the decide to buy a 500dollar program. THey push people to go for the torrents which ain't reliable and it costs in the end at both sides money.... If you buy windows, thget just have to activate it in the store you bought it. If something goes broke, that store can provide a new activation for 20euro's, that's a fair system.
    gr.richard
     
  13. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,693   +86

    Firewall doesn't slow the system down. I use that daily with Firewall Control Freeware 32/64-bit no issues with that with Windows 7. All versions of Windows the system files get fragmented or dirty you could say. These need to be cleaned up. There is a software that was made for such purpose called uncleaner that works. But that's only one part of the mystery. I use SlimCleaner free to clean up the rest. System now runs clean. But you got to run these two apps daily more than once. I run both when the system is booted and then again in the mid-cycle...
     
  14. Mr Taylor

    Mr Taylor TS Member

    Whenever my Windows 7 Slow down I do these things.
    Disk defragmentation
    Registry Defrag
    Uninstalls All rarely Used Softwares.
    From msconfig disable all Useless Services and rarely needed startup programs.
     
  15. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    This needs to be updated
     
  16. snoop600

    snoop600 TS Rookie

    Windows 7 is slow period. I have used AVG and Kaspersky and they both slow down Windows 7. I have since switched to Microsoft Security Essentials and it seems to use less resources.

    Whenever I use my Windows 7 computer, I realize how much I love my Android tablet.
     
  17. Sunaru

    Sunaru TS Enthusiast Posts: 60   +9

    You're wrong. Windows 7 isn't slow. Windows Vista is.
     
  18. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 315

    Do you mean Win7 is slow in general or it takes a hit in performance when you use those two partiular anti-virus softwares?
    I may be wrong but If switching to MSE improves performance,as you say, then it's those two AVs that hog the most resources and the OS itself can't be termed as slow. I'm running Win7 on 2GB ram comfortably with no hangs.

    I agree,from what I have heard and experienced Win Vista is known to consume a lot of ram even when idling(with no programs running except for the background services and processes.) Why else would game developers list a higher amount of ram for it as compared to XP/7 as a minimum system requirement for a game.

    *Also I believe the performance of any OS is to a great extent linked to one's system configuration.
     
  19. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,341   +280

    Been a while since I've heard anyone call Windows 7 slow - and even Vista is pretty speedy if all patched up. A fully patched Vista is not much slower than Win 7.
     
  20. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,145   +1,532

    You wouldn't say that if you had a machine that was not antiquated or classified as a hand-held toy.
     
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,839   +926

    Yeah but face it, there's nothing quite as satisfying as a well lubed Android.
     
  22. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 315

    After reading snoop600's post, the first thing I did was to check out his system specs-i5,4gb ram,Win7!
    Was snoop600 talking about some other system?:pmaybe or maybe not...
     
  23. Blkfx1

    Blkfx1 TS Addict Posts: 891   +171


    I am running Kaspersky 2011 on my W7 Ultimate and I experience no hangs at all. Everything in windows is quite fast if not instant for me.
     
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,839   +926

    Actually, (and only of course IMHO), none of what snoop600 posted, made a whole heck of a lot of sense,.

    If you AV software loads down your system, why blame the OS?

    Relatively speaking both Vista and Windows 7 are slower than XP. This is by virtue of the fact you need more capable hardware to run it.
    Vista, (and Windows 7) cache RAM based on what it thinks you're going to with it.

    So, "available RAM" always confused the heck out of everyone who was accustomed to XP's measuring technique, which didn't involve advance caching.
    To run Windows 7 effectively on a light weight rig, you have to turn Aero off. Which in essence, turns it into XP, or a least makes their GUI hardware requirements similar.

    I'll pay whatever hardware price I need to get the Aero Glass, amazing taskbar, and wallpaper slide show. At the end of the day, XP and Win 7 will copy files at the same speed, and everything else you do with external I/O operations, is dependent on interface buss speed, or even an optical drive. And that's not to mention the monumentally bloated software of today.

    As far as the absurdity of comparing a full function OS, with whatever nonsense someone has in their social network touch toy, go try and rip, store, and burn a DVD with it. Format a 2TB HDD with it maybe? Maybe try running Photoshop, while surfing, and ripping that DVD.

    The best use I've seen for an iPad, was the TV ad that showed how you could use it as a TV remote. I doubt an Android tablet is much, if any more competent that the aforementioned iPad.

    So, my take on the issue, as of Feb., 2013, is that somebody picked a long dead thread, drew a bunch of negative correlations about a long dead, (and unsupported) OS (Vista), and is passing it off as relevant. And somebody has one of them thar new fangled tablets. Cute toy, they boot fast, makes one feel important, doesn't it? And before I forget, "oooo shiny":p

    Really, did somebody wake me up to tell met that AV software slows an OS down?
     
  25. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 315


    How is vista unsupported,when xp was launched before it and its support ends in April,2014?
    And according to an article here,support for vista ends in 2017
     


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