Ask your co-workers what they consider slow. In my experience, the word "slow" can mean completely different things depending on who you're talking to. Booting/running slow? Browsing/downloading is slow? Burning is slow?
When I have a client say that their computer is slow I ask them questions as to what aspect they find slow.
I did a job recently where the company complained about all their computers being slow.. turns out they had a guy on the network that was seeding 50+ torrents, slowing everybody's network speed.
The actual cause of a computer being sluggish is way out of my court, but what is in my court are indefinite expressions like "slow", "fast", "hot", "cold, "high", "low", those kind of expressive but rather useless adjectives.
Your reply is superbly put and is the cornerstone question of any serious problem analysis and constructive action.
What is "slow" ? I may have missed it, but I cannot see any qualified value of what "slow" means to the OP. In any case, what datum and unit of measurement is used to enable deviations to be described as "slow" or "fast" ? Such adjectives are purely relative.
A computer's processor speed describes the maximum number of calculations per second the processor can perform, and is given in megahertz (MHz) or gigahertz (GHz). Generally, the larger the number, the faster and more powerful the processor needs to be.
So are we talking of CPU deficiency due to overload or inadequate CPU capacity to handle the load imposed ? Will not a glance at Task Manager reveal a clue as to what programs are taking up CPU capacity and putting the brake on ?
Edited by yabbadoo, 02 July 2013 - 03:02 PM.