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Very slow HP laptop with Vista


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#1 jhornberger

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 07:49 AM

Hello,

I have an HP Pavilion laptop that is getting slower and slower as the months go on. I have done the defragmentor and system clean tool. Are there any other suggestions or software that would be helpful to me. Thank you for your help in advance.

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#2 hamluis

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:29 AM

Worth a look, Slow Computer-browser Check Here First; It May Not Be Malware - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic87058.html .

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 08:33 AM

Hello Jhornberger,

Try to run a program such as Ccleaner that will check for registry issues. When the computer is bogged down in the registry it strips performance from the machine.

Another thing might be how many programs you have starting with the machine. Only try this if you are familiar enough with the services and processes of a computer. Enter msconfig into the command prompt and disable the programs under start up that you don't need.

Another prominent reason for performance issues is infection of viruses. Do you have a good anti virus, is it updated and still within subscription. Even so you should run a full scan of your machine as a precaution.

Try all that as a thought

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 03:09 PM

<<Try to run a program such as Ccleaner that will check for registry issues. When the computer is bogged down in the registry it strips performance from the machine.>>

I have to advise against that :).

This site condones the use of Ccleaner...as long as the "registry cleaner" portion/function is NOT utilized. Our standard blurb follows.

Bleeping Computer DOES NOT recommend the use of registry cleaners/optimizers for several reasons:
  • Registry cleaners are extremely powerful applications that can damage the registry by using aggressive cleaning routines and cause your computer to become unbootable.

    The Windows registry is a central repository (database) for storing configuration data, user settings and machine-dependent settings, and options for the operating system. It contains information and settings for all hardware, software, users, and preferences. Whenever a user makes changes to settings, file associations, system policies, or installed software, the changes are reflected and stored in this repository. The registry is a crucial component because it is where Windows "remembers" all this information, how it works together, how Windows boots the system and what files it uses when it does. The registry is also a vulnerable subsystem, in that relatively small changes done incorrectly can render the system inoperable. For a more detailed explanation, read Understanding The Registry.
  • Not all registry cleaners are created equal. There are a number of them available but they do not all work entirely the same way. Each vendor uses different criteria as to what constitutes a "bad entry". One cleaner may find entries on your system that will not cause problems when removed, another may not find the same entries, and still another may want to remove entries required for a program to work.
  • Not all registry cleaners create a backup of the registry before making changes. If the changes prevent the system from booting up, then there is no backup available to restore it in order to regain functionality. A backup of the registry is essential BEFORE making any changes to the registry.
  • Improperly removing registry entries can hamper malware disinfection and make the removal process more difficult if your computer becomes infected. For example, removing malware related registry entries before the infection is properly identified can contribute to system instability and even make the malware undetectable to removal tools.
  • The usefulness of cleaning the registry is highly overrated and can be dangerous. In most cases, using a cleaner to remove obsolete, invalid, and erroneous entries does not affect system performance but it can result in "unpredictable results".

Unless you have a particular problem that requires a registry edit to correct it, I would suggest you leave the registry alone. Using registry cleaning tools unnecessarily or incorrectly could lead to disastrous effects on your operating system such as preventing it from ever starting again. For routine use, the benefits to your computer are negligible while the potential risks are great.Louis

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:13 PM

I have to advise against that :).

This site condones the use of Ccleaner...as long as the "registry cleaner" portion/function is NOT utilized. Our standard blurb follows.


I am sorry about that i did not know of the ramifications of such a statement. Thank you for stepping in with correct information and a more informational explanation.

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Posted 22 September 2012 - 04:34 PM

No problem :)...no harm, no foul.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 10:49 AM

Thank you everyone for answering my question and also commenting on registry cleaners.

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Posted 24 September 2012 - 01:25 PM

Hi jhornberger,

How has your system been running? Any improvement noted with any changes you've made via the posted links?

Regards,
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