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Hi, I've recently been noticing some sluggishness in my PC, running Windows 7 Professional 64-bit.

Here are my pertinent specs:

- Intel Q6600 (OC'ed to 3.3 GHz)
- 4 GB Kingston ValueRAM DDR2-667 (OC'ed to 735 MHz)
- 160 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Primary Drive)
- 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 (Secondary Drive)
- Inno3D GTX 460 768 MB (OC'ed to 820 MHz/1025 MHz)
- HEC Cougar 550W 80+ Bronze PSU

I've been wanting to speed up my boot times and application loading times, as I've noticed my system boots just about as fast as my older Lenovo Y310, which has inferior hardware specs (T5550 1.83 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 160 GB 5400 rpm HDD). My Compaq CQ36-110TX boots faster even if it's got similar hardware except for the slower hard drive (i5-430M, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB 5400 rpm HDD). I've also noticed that it now boots noticeably slower than when it was freshly installed. While before I could get to a useable desktop in about a minute, now, I take 100 seconds to reach the desktop and another 30 seconds to a minute to have the background apps load. I've also tried comparing application load times, and for example, my rig opens Photoshop CS5 about 5 seconds slower than it does in my Y310.

I've tried a few of the more common "speed-up-your-boot-time-tips" such as:

- Removing unnecessary programs
- Defragmenting hard drives
- Running disk cleanup
- Removing unwanted startup items in msconfig
- Setting to manual/disabling unwanted services such as Windows Media Player Network Sharing and Wireless Configuration
- Cleaning registry via Ccleaner
- Running a full system scan via MSE
- Freeing up disk space by deleting unnecessary files

Yet, despite all these supposed fixes, my system did not improve its boot times significantly, nor did it feel any snappier.

Are there any other actions that I could do to speed up my system through software fixes? An SSD would definitely help, but I'm looking at no-cost options here. Thanks!
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post #2 of 18
all i can say is http://www.iolo.com

i use that, my pc is the same speed as the day i built it, and its loaded with games to the tilt

should try it, it defrags your ram, and fixes files from programs that have been mislocated by your drive, so your pc runs faster, it will also defrag your registry amongst other things, i give it a run around once every 2 weeks, couldnt be happier, they also upgrade you to new versions for free within your subscription period, and every day theres new definitions avaliable to help it do better
Edited by PCSarge - 10/17/11 at 11:17am
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post #3 of 18
I'm assuming your biggest bottleneck when opening programs and booting is your hard drive setup. I don't recall those drives to be very fast at all. You'd get a decent boost with a drive like a WD Caviar Black or Samsung F3 and an amazing boost with an SSD.
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post #4 of 18
If you havent already done this, I would start by downloading CCleaner. Run this then defrag your HDD. This should help some.

I ran CCleaner on my parents pc and it deleted 7GB temporary internet files. Definately helped speed it up.
Also, it has a registry cleaner if you trust it. I have never had any problems with it but you should still make a backup if you do that.

CCleaner download: http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/
post #5 of 18
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@IEATFISH
Like I said in the original post, I am looking for no-cost options. Obviously an SSD or newer HDD is faster. But a 7200 rpm Barracuda is not supposed to be just as fast as a 5400 RPM Hitachi from my laptop.

@Shaded War
Like I said in the original post, I have done everything you said. Anything else I could do?
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post #6 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by jut703;15343486 
@IEATFISH
Like I said in the original post, I am looking for no-cost options. Obviously an SSD or newer HDD is faster. But a 7200 rpm Barracuda is not supposed to be just as fast as a 5400 RPM Hitachi from my laptop.

@Shaded War
Like I said in the original post, I have done everything you said. Anything else I could do?

I read your entire post biggrin.gif

I think you did everything that you could have done already.

Only other things you didn't cover was virus/spyware scans and maybe a shortstroke of the HDD.
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post #7 of 18
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I stated in the original post that I've completed a full system scan with Microsoft Security Essentials biggrin.gif

I'm not familiar with shortstroking an HDD, what is it and how does it work? smile.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jut703;15343537 
I stated in the original post that I've completed a full system scan with Microsoft Security Essentials biggrin.gif

I'm not familiar with shortstroking an HDD, what is it and how does it work? smile.gif

DOH...MSE...missed that. I fail LOL.

Just a quick Google search...their might be better guides but I have never wanted to do it before. Love my SSD.

Shortstroke

Check for spyware though...most times it slows down your computer more then a simple virus.
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Just a random thought... on your Hard Drive did you remove the SATA limiter jumper?
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post #10 of 18
I would try to make another partition and reinstall windows and see if it helps. If it does, check startup services and programs and maybe some registry fix.


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