I'm looking both for some general advice, and any specific hints for my situation. (so please don't close as too localized, even the general advice is helpful)
I have a laptop, belonging to my employer, running Windows 7 64-bit. If I put it in sleep mode, walk to a meeting room, and immediately startup from sleep it's fairly quick. But if it has been a few hours, it takes a long time (anywhere from 3-5 minutes) to resume from sleep. Also there are times when I'm in the middle of working, and things just seem to hang and take 10-15 seconds before they continue.
The problem isn't with the CPU being too slow: it rarely maxes out.
Could you comment on which of the following approaches might be likely to help improve my situation, or how to figure out what is causing the slowness?
- Adding more memory
- Investigating if I can add a SSD as a 2nd hard drive, and put the swapfile/pagefile on it
- "Performance tuneup" (drive defrag / Registry cleanup / etc.) either by my company's Information Services group, or trying to do it myself with performance-tuning software
- Something else
(I'm not a computer expert; I have a limited time and budget; and although we have an internal Information Services office which can help with computer issues, it is a big productivity hit when I leave my laptop with them to solve problems, and sometimes they can help and sometimes not.)
- Lenovo W520 laptop
- 8GB at present (looks like it takes 16GB maximum)
- Typical software use -- I tend to run several (4-10) large applications at once:
- Chrome or Firefox web browsers with 10-15 tabs open
- Acrobat Reader with 3-5 documents open
- MS Word and/or Excel
- Major known background programs running:
- Virus scan = Symantec Endpoint Protection
- TortoiseX source control (TortoiseSVN and TortoiseHg)