What slows Windows down?

By LNCPapa ยท 189 replies
Sep 11, 2006
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  1. Kaorichan2009

    Kaorichan2009 TS Booster Posts: 72

    >.> the upgraded WoW Will kill your computer's speed. :p I have a brand new computer and Lich King slowed me down. The Upgrade was a waste and its really really slow.
  2. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

    Dead CDROM

    I haven't read through the whole post as it is rather extensive, but one thing I have found in my work is a nonfunctional or dead CDROM will bring a computer to it's knees. It is also hard to diagnose unless you put a CD in there and find out it isn't being read or you run a diags with a CD in there.
    Mapped network drives that are no longer there are also a common experience here, either from renaming a server or removing a share.

    My two cents worth for AV programs, I have been using NOD32 at home as I still have dialup at home. (Love country living) NOD32 is usually finished updating before Outlook opens. Mcafee Suite took hours at 42kb
  3. rinpoche85

    rinpoche85 TS Rookie

    I'm gonna go back and read that article but my windows is slow too. I'm thinking it is Verizon's Suite. I was told by Verizon tech support (which I'm not too confident with) that you can't have Verizon anit-virus and micro soft's running at the same time.

    Also, thanks to Deb45 for her help. And, those others that responded to my screen problem back in Dec.
  4. BlindObject

    BlindObject TS Rookie Posts: 412

    It's a good article, if you don't know how to use "msconfig."
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Topic Starter Posts: 4,276   +461

    There's more to it than just taking things out via msconfig. Many things don't show up in misconfig. Some are in the Run key for local machine or current user as well as adding context menus which can slow the system down. Many people are surprised that their systems are much slower after installing that Font CD with 10,000 fonts they got from a friend. Now some of these people know why.

    I hope you guys/gals have also followed the link where he updated the article to compare other/newer security suites to give a better baseline for his numbers. It's still quite an interesting read.
  6. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Posts: 493

  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523


    It says: Friday, 22nd September 2006
    I'd say it's old. There's no mention of Windows 7 either :D ;)
  8. God Of Mana

    God Of Mana TechSpot Paladin Posts: 493

    Well I mean its been updated since this was posted. :)
  9. 1941

    1941 Banned Posts: 20

    The list needs to be updated, CS2? CS4 is now out and as far as Norton goes, NIS 2009 is supposed to be better than it was 3 years ago.
  10. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    I'll agree that NAV2009 and NIS2009 is much better that what it was 3yrs ago, actually even their online scan is quite good.

    But judging by the amount of Malware infested computers I have seen with having Norton installed as the sole defense, and then confirming that there is about 6 (or more) separate startups by Norton, compared to 1 or 2 maximum for other Antiviruses ie the excellent Avira Antivirus. Then I'd have to say that Norton is just as bad as what it was. Although I do agree that about 10 years ago it was the best, since then its just been rubbish.

    Anyway, just one person's thoughts :rolleyes: But then again the millions on Google results can't all be wrong ;) Pretty sure most feel similar to me :)
  11. mattyp123

    mattyp123 TS Rookie

    Has anyone tried PageDefrag from MS to speed up windows start up/shut downs? If so, what kind of results have you got from it?
  12. ralphedison

    ralphedison TS Rookie

    PC Tools Internet Security also uses a lot of resources though its really a good software. Just shut it down when you don't need it
  13. mflynn

    mflynn TS Rookie Posts: 2,655

    I totally agree with Kim in Post #111. I could not have said it better!

    I feel for protection it is low in top 10 and most free Virus Scanners rank above it.

    AND! What tops it off for me is the hundreds of files and disk space used that are hard to remove even after uninstall. Same for Registry but likely close to a thousand entries left after uninstall, and even after their own removal tools are run. Even then a registry search will find many left overs. And a disk search will also find these turds!

  14. jimsing59

    jimsing59 TS Member

    Too Many Start-up Programs.

    Too many start-up programs and programs running in the background will slow your computer. Also bad registry entries and temp and junk files will slow your computer. When you get a new computer reinstall Windows and it will perform much better, New computers are loaded with third party junk.
  15. jcgriff2

    jcgriff2 TS Rookie

    Symantec Endpoint can now be added to the ongoing list of Symantec/ Norton apps like NIS & 360. I have seen it appear in several BSOD threads - and it crashed my Vista x64 system as well. Foolish me.
  16. Eiger

    Eiger TS Rookie

    Just killed 80% of my running processes with WinPatrol Pro.

    My computer is now going at mach 5 speeds.
  17. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    I'm still just using Spybot to deactivate startup entries... comp runs fine. oldschool > *

  18. kronbergk

    kronbergk TS Rookie

    thank god i got rid of norton
  19. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    i use avast its pretty decent. its on-access and real time protection is nice.its also light on system resources.it supports 64bit too.
  20. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    i use ccleaner to clear out the crap from my computer
    defraggler does a good job of only defragmenting the fragmented files.
  21. magemofo

    magemofo TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Ugh I never knew IM programs slow down your comp so much. And Norton is garbage.
  22. syde

    syde TS Rookie Posts: 113

    I have McAfee and Stopzilla but ive only been running Stopzilla for a good while now as to me it seems to catch crap whenever anything happens. Does any1 have a comparable chart of these 2 programs as to which takes up more memory to run. Also if one is better then the other or even if I should remove both and replace them with something else?

    (always trying to get the most out of my PC for my gaming)
  23. Kotu2

    Kotu2 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    for stuff like KIS and Norton antivirus how bout just make them not start when u boot then start them?
  24. Kotu2

    Kotu2 TS Rookie Posts: 72

    As for my last post KIS 2009 does make it take like an extra 20 seconds to boot up my laptop.
  25. Arthurik_jan

    Arthurik_jan TS Member Posts: 45

    Great article!

    I personally do the following:

    1. Install Windows 7 and additional drivers
    2. Install Firefox 3.5, Java Runtime, Flash Player, Microsoft Office, Photoshop, Skype, Daemon Tools Lite, K-Lite codec pack 5, Nero 7.7, Winrar, Foxit PDF reader.

    - You really have to pay attention to what exactly you are installing while installing these programs, 'cause if you just press NEXT all the time you'll end up with UNBELIEVABLE amounts of different kinds of toolbars and extensions in all sorts of programs such as Microsoft Office, Firefox, Windows Taskbar and Windows Services.

    Example with CCleaner:


    I uncheck everything and leave the shortcut on the desktop so that I can add this to my quick launch toolbar.

    3. AVG Free Edition, Spybot, Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware, CCleaner, Defraggler.
    4. Update Windows, Run AVG scan, Spybot Scan, Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware Scan, CCleaner sweap and have Defraggler defrag the hard drive(s)
    5. Setup a schedule defrag in Defraggler for 0:00 am every day and the same thing for AVG but to 1:00 and Malwarebyte's AM to 2:00. Like this I just leave my PC on throughout the night once a week or so and let it defrag and scan itself for malware and viruses. I also swipe clean the TEMP folders with CCleaner every day or so (it just takes 5 seconds to do).
    6. I go to START -> RUN (if you don't have this then just enable it in taskbar options or press WINDOWS KEY + R on your keyboad) and type MSCONFIG
    7. Navigate to the STARTUP tab
    8. Here I manage which programs start and which don't, I just disable everything that I don't need, like DEAMON tools, NERO, Photoshop, Java, Quicktime, MS Office, Adobe Updater, etc...

    This is how it looks like after the cleaning:


    9. I open START -> Programs, extract the shortcuts that I need to the quick launch toolbar and subsequently delete everything that I do not need, like the folders useless Internet explorer shortcuts and so on.

    The toolbar looks like this.

    The start menu looks like this:

    Although it is very tedious for some once you get the hang of it it shouldn't take more then 2-3 hours. I only do this ONCE and that's it. After all of the above I end up with a dramatic increase in booting speeds.

    In any case I once again thank LNCPapa :) for the subject and everyone for contributing some of their know-how :)


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