Hey ChicknWafflZ, how is it going so far?
Originally Posted by mushroomboy
I'm going to skip all the dumb reformat bantering, as it's bad advice. No really, if you work at a computer repair shop and haven't caught the major flags yet you run a poor business. I'd call you out in store if that ever happened, I've done it before. Seriously, just awful....
What is this major flag? Well, first it sounded like a memory leak in a program, can't back that up with any real evidence until the user checks. So, that's just one flag. What's the other? I'm calling inner file fragmentation, what's the space ratio on the drive? How much free space? Pagefile has in-file fragmentation and is slowing down over time. That could easily be fixed by freeing up some space (as well as deleting the pagefile), using a "defragment" program (though I highly say NO). After that if things are still buggy the 3rd and final flag is the file system. That is if Ubuntu is installed on it's separate partition. If the partition was improperly shrunk it could do damages to the FS, which would could result in slowness.
I personally believe it's either a memory leak or low space due to installing Ubuntu (with or without WUBI). If I'm correct WUBI installs onto the NTFS partition, similar to a VM correct? If you can't see the obvious space delima that could occur than IDK what to say about that (with or without WUBI).
Seriously, reformat? Over a "sluggish" system? There is a 4th alternative, which could be background services caused by OCD tendencies. OR a 5th alternative caused by OCD tendencies, running a registry cleaner enough times could cause severe inner file fragmentation of the registry. I doubt that's a problem though, as the registry isn't really used too heavily any more. Plus he says he does it daily, you would think minor symptoms would show up first. I guess installing the new games and Ubuntu could have escalated the problems causing them to show up quick. I highly doubt that, as I highly doubt start up programs would cause these symptoms. So I go back to low disc space and/or memory leak.
 I just read some of the bantering, it's really funny too. All of my solutions take a fraction of what it takes to install and I've still got one last resort that will be much quicker than installing. If none of my solutions are spot on you can always test the theory on startup applications by deleting them in the registry and unchecking them in msconfig.
Where are they in the registry?
runonce should be there, you can also check kheycurrentuser but normally they are in hkeylocalmachine
dang that was off the top of my head too.
Here are two other Registry keys named "Run" that I personally maintain and keep clean in addition to the one you posted, especially right after I'm basically done setting up a fresh install:
I have noticed that it's far more likely for the first one I posted above as well as the one you posted to have entries in it. The 2nd one I posted still gets entries, but it might be just one or two things for most people if anything is in there at all. However, it's still worth checking these Keys.
Originally Posted by PROBN4LYFE
TwoCables and tedman, thank you for you professionalism and managing to stay ontopic while I was reading this thread. I personally will exhaust all resources before I will format because I don't want to weep over my data loss. Chikn, you are very lucky to have just gotten a slow down and not teh infamous BSODs associated with a corrupting pagefile/memory leak.
Almost nothing here on OCN annoys me more than when someone gives bad advice, defends it until they're blue in the face, and then says "I do own a computer repair business, by the way.
" Oh how that makes me want to rage. What's worse is when said person is an OCN staff member. Yeah, I know he's just a Gameserver Moderator, but still.
Originally Posted by mushroomboy
lol if I'd have known it was partly solved I wouldn't have posted. I just didn't want to read the entire thread because of all this babble about formatting. After I saw pages of bickering it just got tedious. Even worse was when I read the dude owned a computer repair shop. The one thing I hate more than enthusiasts are ones who don't know how to repair a computer properly and quickly yet work at a computer repair shop. It's like geeksquad, people who think they know what's going on.
So sorry if I sounded harsh to the user, it's just really annoying to see people who should know what's up give terrible advice.
Even worse was the reason why he said, "I do own a computer repair business, by the way."
It's like he was trying to say, "...and so therefore my computer-related advice is always the best advice"
Anyway, I'm very glad to see that there are others who are actually putting forth some effort to figure out what's causing this gradual slow-down instead of taking one look at it and saying, "Reformat. Not exactly sure what ur issue is but really sounds like u just need to reformat."
Oh, but remember folks: he owns a computer repair business!