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What are the first steps for diagnosing a slow machine?

Can anyone help, my laptop has started running very slow! things take forever to open, especially outlook and internet explorer. however its generally slow all around. i have run many spyware and malware scans and all were clean. i have tried disabling certain startup software, but still isnt helping that much!

Any thoughts, and help would be killer!

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marked as duplicate by studiohack Oct 10 '11 at 17:14

This question was marked as an exact duplicate of an existing question.

The question is vague, and can have multiple reasons for the slow response.

My first thought, in the past I have some bad experiences with Windows 7, after installing SP1 on some machines (not all) everything feels "slow", could this be happening to you ?

In that case, the only solution I can come up until now is reinstall the O.S.

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