system slowness

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by woody, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. woody

    woody Guest

    Ever since I installed Vista, my system speed has sucked. I have a 1024MD
    ram, 200 GB hard drive and an intel 2 duo processor E6300, so it shouldn't be
    the box itself. Most of the time I can hear the hard drive clicking along
    like there are tons of programs running in the background, yet when I run
    task manager to see WTF they are, nothing looks out of kilter, and my CPU
    usage is generally fairly low.
    I have auto updates on, but the updates fail, giving me error codes like 642
    and 653, yet when I hit the help key, the help topics that come up are
    totally different error codes than the ones to start with. I'm fed up! I have
    MS one care virus stuff, so I would hope that would prevent a virus, but who
    knows. Can anyone offer advice?
    woody, Nov 23, 2007
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  2. woody

    caretaker Guest

    OK one problem at a time. 1st for vista to run smooth you need 2gb of
    2nd. Run CCleaner, reboot, run again, reboot and defrag your boot
    sector. then let it sit for 24hrs do not turn off. you can use it, but
    don't turn off. Vista takes a long time to index for the first time,
    like on a new system I always recommend 48 hrs. And after that if you
    still have your update errors post back.
    caretaker, Nov 23, 2007
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  3. woody

    woody Guest

    What is "CCleaner", and how do I run it?
    woody, Nov 23, 2007
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    caretaker Guest

    caretaker, Nov 23, 2007

  5. It *may* be the box itself. How much RAM you need for decent
    performance depends on what apps you run, but for many people 2GB of
    RAM, not 1GB, is required.

    That could be paging, caused by not enough RAM.

    The other common problem these days is malware infestation, especially
    non-viral malware. One Care is not the best product on the market, and
    besides, a single anti-spyware product, even the best one, isn't
    sufficient. It can't hurt to do a thorough check for spyware and other
    malware. I recommend that you begin troubleshooting by
    going to MVP Malke's malware removal site at and
    following the instructions there.
    Ken Blake, MVP, Nov 23, 2007
  6. woody

    woody Guest

    I ran the CCleaner and as far as I can tell, no difference. The failed
    update continues to fail. It is listed here: <Security Update for Microsoft
    ..NET Framework, Version 1.1 Service Pack 1 (KB929729)

    Download size: 8.6 MB

    You may need to restart your computer for this update to take effect.

    Update type: Important

    A security issue has been identified that could allow an attacker to
    compromise your Windows-based system running the Microsoft .NET Framework and
    gain complete control over it. You can help protect your computer by
    installing this update from Microsoft. After you install this item, you may
    have to restart your computer.

    the error code it gives me (this time) is 643.
    I notice that my CPU is running from 6-15% usually, but my ram memory runs
    at 70-84%. Do I just need to buy more ram memory? Current programs running
    are nothing intensive, just IE, AIM, Itunes, etc.
    woody, Nov 23, 2007
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    caretaker Guest

    By upgrading your ram won't solve the update problem, but will make the
    comp. run a hell of a lot better. 1GB is just OK for win. Basic lol. And
    have you tried doing a repair with the Vista DVD ??
    caretaker, Nov 24, 2007
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    woody Guest

    I have no idea how to do a repair with the Vista CD.
    woody, Nov 24, 2007
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    caretaker Guest

    If you got the DVD just boot it, select keyboard, languish, then on th
    next page it will ask you to install ( do not install) / go to bottom o
    page and select custom. then select repair
    caretaker, Nov 24, 2007
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    I_cannot_say Guest

    I had the same problems with Vista - 4GB of RAM and an Athlon-64 X2 6400 CPU. It was
    so s.....l.....o.......w. I received the same suggestions from my system supplier
    and followed them. Ccleaner was nice, but it didn't help the real problem, which was
    caused by a piece of malware......called Vista. I'm running the same system now with
    Windows XP Pro loaded and it's so fast... well, it is BLAZING FAST! So what if I
    can't run HALO-3 or Aero glass. XP actually works!!!
    I_cannot_say, Nov 24, 2007
  11. woody

    woody Guest

    when I boot up the install disc, it brings up the install page with no option
    to select language or keyboard, and no scroll down possibility.
    woody, Nov 24, 2007
  12. woody

    netlink_blue Guest

    Something is fishy in Denmark -- or with the Vista setup you had running.

    I dual-boot WinXP and Vista Ultimate on the new computer. I can't say
    that Vista runs noticeably slower (except for some file/folder
    operations under File Explorer). I am running Aero as well. I do have
    a spiffy video card, and no anti-virus programs in the background.

    I_cannot_say that all was well with your Vista setup. Ah, the mysteries
    of computing.

    netlink_blue, Nov 24, 2007
  13. woody

    caretaker Guest

    That must mean that you only got a recovery disk???? not a Retail or a
    OEM version. That makes it even harder. Can you Borrow one from a frien
    caretaker, Nov 24, 2007
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    woody Guest

    no, I bought a new computer last November, it came with XP, but had to send
    off for the Vista program when it came available, so it's the regular install
    disk. I notice that Vista opens it differently than XP, maybe leaves the
    initial page off? leaving me only the option to install, or cancel. There was
    also an "upgrade assistant" disk.
    I'm just wondering whether I should go back to XP. I didn't have any
    problems with it, just wanted some of the cool features advertised with
    Vista, however if they don't work right, maybe it's not worth it?
    woody, Nov 24, 2007
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