On Fri, 5 Sep 2008 01:21:39 -0700, Pamela G wrote:
> I know this gets discussed frequently, and I have looked over a ton of older
> posts. But cannot find enough good info to apply to this laptop. My
> ****ager's laptop, a Toshiba Satellite series with Vista Home, big HD, 2 Gig
> RAM, usual stuff, runs extremely slowly. It is slow to boot, slow to open
> any programs, slow to respond to any mouse action. Overall very slow. I have
> another Vista Ultimate laptop, and it is a lot faster than hers. Indexing is
> full, Vista came on it so install over an XP solutions don't apply, have
> already run typical maintentence stuff like antivirus (Avast), antispyware
> (AdAware and Spybot),
Ensure the software was updated to their latest definitions prior scanning.
Run this also:
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> Windows cleanup, Defrag, and ran scan disk which found
> and fixed two bad clusters in files. Defender is active, and she has the
> firewall enabled. I had her backup all her files tonight and ran all the
> utilities again, and thought I might need to reinstall Vista. Before I do,
> can anyone refer me to a website that can give me more ideas to try and get
> this thing up to speed?
1. Malware (i.e., viruses, worms, trojans, dialers, adware, spyware)
2. Failure to delete temporary files
3. Too many programs running
4. Not enough RAM (memory).
Have a look at "Slow Computer" at
Pay special attention to Steps 1, 5, 9, and 13.
Help! My Computer is slow!
--and-- (from Shenan Stanley)
#1: A process that's loading down your CPU:
It could be a sub-process or application that's running in the background
and taking all the CPU resources, which could be the cause of your PC
To find and display what could be the problem try Process Explorer:
Note: Once you have Process Explorer installed and running:
In the taskbar select View and check 'Show Process Tree' and
'Show Lower Pane' options.
Then expand the process named 'Explorer' (click on the + sign) In the
column on the left named 'CPU', look for any high CPU usage. Next click on
the CPU column to sort the processes by %CPU usage (Highest to Lowest).
Move the mouse cursor over any process, you should see a popup with some
Then mouse over the process that's using most or all the CPU %.
Then click on that process to highlight it,
Now that it's highlighted, right click and from the options listed select:
This should display what out there on the web about that process.
You can also double click on any process to open up a more detailed
'Properties' window. Note: some entries like Explorer, System/Services, and
Svchost entries may need to be expanded to show the detail (sub processes),
in this case click on the + located to the left of the entry.
An alternate method using Process Explorer is to double click
on the Graph just below the Menu bar.
This will open the 'System Information' window, which has a larger display
of all three graphs.
Move your mouse over any spike in the CPU Usage graph to see what
process/application or service was the cause of the spike.
#2: Stuff that loads during boot or logon and then is always running in the
If you want to list and explore what may be the cause then:
Try Autoruns from the MS Windows SysInternals site:
AutoRuns will show/list all apps/etc. that load/run when you first boot
(Boot Execute tab), when you logon (Logon tab) and other programs that load
(grouped by labeled tabs) for easy viewing.
It also provides the ability to selectively allows you to stop any program
(use with care) that you don't want to load.
You can undo any changes you have made.
Note: To get additional details on an item in the list you may need to
highlight the item (right click) and use the 'Search Online' option to get
the details, especially useful for the more obscure items in the list.
#3: Too much crap on the hard drive:
Take a look at CCleaner as a tool to remove Internet history info,
cookies, temp files, auto complete and other junk.
Note that when CCleaner is first installed most if not all the options
are checked which is far too aggressive. So I recommend unchecking
all the items listed in 'Applications' tab and in the 'Windows' tab
selectively place a check mark for only those options that are of some
value in increasing the amount of free space on your PC.
Good luck :-)