Vista Basic Running Really Slow

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Paul Calcagno, May 8, 2010.

  1. I've got a 6 year Compaq old laptop running Vista Basic, 1.5 GB of RAM, most
    WU's are current, MBAM, SAS, CA Security Suite with the FW shut off. Windows
    Firewall, Windows Defender.

    The system is very slow for file/program commands (Open, close, shutdowns,
    etc.). For instance, if I right click on Start and select `Explore' it takes
    4-6 seconds for Explore to open up, and when it does open up a green status
    indication running across the path window just creeps along to the right
    very slowly. Is this some sort of an indexing problem?

    Same thing with Task Manager.

    Internet browsing is ok speedwise, although when I run Brighthouse network's
    Road Runner Speed test, the results are poor (3500 kbps downloading). If I
    do this test on my Acer Desktop or laptop, the speed is over 9000 kbps).
    Running Firefox (but it's chewing up about 150 MB of process space).

    Other performance issues: Firefox takes almost 30 seconds to open. So does
    opening MBAM. And even longer for SAS.

    To be fair the only thing I haven't done so far is run a scan with MBAM or
    SAS, because the laptop owner doesn't want to tie up the computer for those
    stretches. Would running those scans turn up things that could be slowing
    this computer?

    Any suggestions would be great. Thank you in advance...............Paul C.
    Paul Calcagno, May 8, 2010
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  2. Thanks, Ken. I guess I'll bite the bullet and run MBAM and SAS
    scans......Paul C.
    Paul Calcagno, May 8, 2010
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  3. No guarantees, of course, but yes, that would be likely.
    Ken Blake, MVP, May 8, 2010
  4. Paul Calcagno

    Ozirus Guest

    What I do when my computer gets slow:

    1) msconfig - disable all startup and 3rd party services and exi
    without restart

    2) Schedule a Disk Error Check with only the 1st box checked.

    3) enter Safe Mode and use the cmd - run as administrator and typ
    "defrag c:"

    Open msconfig and click "normal startup" apply and restart.

    Then do a disk cleanup and delete all but the most recent restore point
    on the more options section
    Ozirus, May 8, 2010

  5. You're welcome. Glad to help, and good luck.
    Ken Blake, MVP, May 8, 2010
  6. I think you should run the Defrag last.
    Why run Defrag and then do a Disc Cleanup ?
    Frank Drew Leyda, May 9, 2010
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