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Why does my computer run slow if it is not using most of its CPU or RAM?

I have two machines - a relatively cheap laptop and a high end desktop. My laptop sometimes runs slowly doing various tasks that would be quick on my desktop. My first guess is that I'm using most of ...
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Does Windows still copy each file directly to disk, unlike Unix?

Unix was originally designed to perform file system operations in memory, and to update the disk blocks only every 30 seconds during sync. This resulted in a much faster user experience than MSDOS ...
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1answer
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Recommended RAID5 stripe size?

I have a RAID5 array built from 4 1TB drives. I initially set the stripe size to 1M since I will be storing large files (much larger than 1MB). The NTFS cluster size is 64KB (largest possible). ...
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66 views

Why does Windows' performance degrade over time even when it isn't used? [duplicate]

I know that similar questions have been asked before (like this and this), but none of them answer my question. My problem is, as stated in the title, that when Windows isn't in use (some months) its ...
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Windows 7 / SMB2 slow network copy performance

Troubleshooting a tricky performance problem and wondering if this behavior is normal/expected. This seems to be related to SMB2, as switching to SMB1 resolves things. The question is whether this is ...
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3answers
118 views

Do I need Readyboost and page file if I have lots of free RAM?

I have 12 GB RAM installed in my laptop. I have currently both page file and ready boost disabled. Most of the time my RAM usage are under 6 GB. So, I still have 6 GB RAM all the time. Considering ...
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1answer
17 views

Improve backup performance by watching files added/modified in given directories?

I use SyncbackSE on Windows to back up files between two hard drives daily. Every time the application starts, it scans every single file in the directories that it watches before copying files that ...
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147 views

HDD very slow performance after full copy from SSD

The PC: Core i7-4770, 16GB RAM. There are 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD (new without any bads). On the SSD I had Windows 8.1 installed with all other stuff. Someday all programs exceeded 120GB limit and I ...
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112 views

Performance Issue with FB2.5 + Windows Server + Specific Hardware (DELL servers?)

I have a relatively small database (6GB) and my application can access it quickly when using Firebird 2.1 or Firebird 2.5 on a non-server version of windows. But if I try to use Firebird 2.5 on a ...
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0answers
117 views

Windows server 2012 becomes slow

I have a server with following configurations. This is new IBM X3630 M4 server established before one month. Processor : Quad core Xeon E5-2620v2 single processor RAM : 8 GB NIC : 2x 1GbE HDD : ...
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136 views

Increase Performance by utilizing RAM instead of swap (Windows 8) [duplicate]

My computer is pretty fast, but I feel it may be getting slowed down by putting things in swap which would do better in RAM. I have 16 GB of ram, and even in conditions where only around 3 GB is used, ...
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1answer
33 views

Are there performance benefits of using 127.0.0.1?

I administrate a web application that runs on Windows IIS. Recently during an upgrade I saw the following message: "Could not connect to webapp-01:1000" I think that the web app and the windows ...
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2answers
264 views

Computer goes super-sluggish but Task Manager shows no CPU usage

At times, for instance after running a resource-intensive program, my normally quite stable Windows7 PC becomes virtually unresponsive for as long as a couple of minutes. Even changing directory in ...
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0answers
42 views

Achieving very low network latency in Windows (<1ms)

I'm running windows server 2008 R2 on my server and I need to optimise my latency to a certain server, which is currently ~0.4ms (both servers are remote servers in the same datacenter). The server ...
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121 views

Windows 7 hangs upon input events and opening sockets

I'm using a work laptop running Windows 7 64-bit Professional. The laptop is a Dell Studio XPS and has the following specs: Intel Core i5 M460 Quad-core 2.53GHz 6GB RAM ATI Mobility Radeon HD4670 ...
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1answer
70 views

How do you measure GPU throttling?

How do I determine or monitor when and to what extend my GPU throttles due to thermal constraints? Is this data available natively in logs or do I need to run a separate program beyond what is ...
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1answer
114 views

Windows 8.1 Maintenance: What is the “.Net Optimization”

Windows 8 and 8.1 (Professional 64-bit in my case) has an automatic maintenance mode that it periodically runs. You can see that periodically when one of the system tray icons changes appearance and ...
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125 views

Very slow loading gifs on Linux/Mac OS X

I've tried a lot of browsers on windows, linux and mac os x. Same gif-pages that loads pretty fast on windows loads very slow on Linux (like 30+ seconds for page with 5 gifs). For example - tumblr, ...
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2answers
87 views

Multiple computers mysteriously slow down, not traceable to system resource

Doesn't that title make me sound like a superstupiduser? I swear it isn't a stupid question. I'm running into a scenario I haven't encountered before in an organizational peer to peer Windows ...
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0answers
45 views

External Hard drive Filesystem

I've got a Linksys EA6900(AC1900) router. And I have a 3TB WD External Hard Drive connected to it via USB 3.0 port. My Vaio laptop running Windows is connected to the router via an Ethernet cable. ...
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48 views

Can you explain me VMWare Performance Counters in Windows?

I am having a guest Windows Server 2008 R2, i.e. VMWare virtual machine Can you explain me VM counters vs. non-VM-ones, in the case of "% Processor Time" (under "VM Processor" section) vs. "% ...
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1answer
259 views

How do I change the power plan using batch

I would like to know how to change the power plan in Windows 7 to high performance using a batch file. I am making a program that boosts pc performance.
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0answers
18 views

How to keep apache running on Windows machine?

I am forced to use Apache on a Windows machine (server 2008) - basically it was installed in the XAMPP package. The problem is that it frequently hangs up. The "send error" notification appears - and ...
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1answer
329 views

Windows 8.1 boot hangs (~120s) in “Session Init”

As the title already says, my Windows 8.1 installation take quite some time to boot (without FastBoot). I managed to record an etl file of the boot process. The result is a very large file: 4.5GB, ...
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1answer
57 views

Do excessive keyboard shortcuts in third-party apps slow down Windows?

I use a third party extension to Windows Explorer (in Windows 8.1) called QTTabBar. In this screenshot you can see how by default there is a huge number of custom keyboard shortcuts activated by it, ...
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1answer
67 views

Extracting one file from archive: 7-zip requires decompressing entire archive?

I've noticed that when browsing an archive containing multiple files with 7-zip 9.20 Windows GUI, extracting one file for previewing takes significantly longer with .7z than .rar archives. With .7zips ...
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1answer
16 views

how to compare installed programms on one pc with other performance issues

I have 2 laptops, both run Windows 7,identical configuration. One of them how ever is running extremely slow it takes a very long time to start up and shutdown and also if I need to run a programm it ...
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237 views

What is the computer “doing” when it is running slow and task manager is not showing any CPU activity? [closed]

Typical example is when shutting down a memoryintensive application. It can take quite a while before the computer gets back up to speed. Is there some inherent cost in releasing memory? Or is it ...
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2answers
243 views

Clean install vs disk image

Once a year I am making a clean install on windows, in order to keep my system fast. After posting a question on making a bootable windows usb with exe programs where I was adviced to make a disk ...
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0answers
98 views

Windows unresponsive, CPU utilization uninformative

In many situations my Windows 7 box becomes unresponsive, but the Task Manager shows 0 CPU utilization for all processes. Obviously it is the kernel/Windows itself that is sucking all the cycles and ...
3
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3answers
362 views

Slow and crashing Windows Explorer. Hard drive or virus?

I have a custom built machine with windows 7 ultimate. Core2Duo 2.93Ghz 12GB RAM 500GB Hdd Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB Everything was running fine till a few days ago when Windows Explorer started ...
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1answer
100 views

Super user on Windows [closed]

I remember someone showing me a software on windows. It had super user privileges and could manage (almost) everything like uninstalling programs not shown in Programs and Features. Does anyone have a ...
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1answer
104 views

Can Googleupdate.exe cause delays when shutting down in Windows?

I have a computer running Windows XP which hangs in "windows is shutting down" for around two minutes. After running the Event Viewer, I've discovered that during this time, an error is recorded as a ...
3
votes
2answers
311 views

How to collect data about processes network activity?

Windows has Performance Monitor and Data Collector Sets feature. Apparently, it can log all system information. I want to know, how much data, per process name, per remote IP address, was received ...
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1answer
308 views

Slow upload speeds on windows 7 only

I have had some issue's since i've changed network cards, previously used a killer network card, now back to the on-board card, my download speed is absolutely fine, no issue, only my upload speed is ...
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1answer
75 views

Fix slowness of PC

I know there are other topics about that, but they don't quite solve my problem. So the PC is not my personal, so I don't really know how was it treated, what has been installed/uninstalled and the ...
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2answers
672 views

disk write cache buffer and separate power supply

Windows has a setting to turn off the write-cache buffer (see image) Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device To prevent data loss, do not select this check box unless the ...
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1answer
31 views

Checking drive healh of RAID 0 with MOBO built-in RAID

I have the following MOBO: IPMTB-TK (Truckee) motherboard for HP Pavilion Elite HPE-490t. I have 2 WD Blacks in RAID 0 mode. I was wondering if there is a way to view the status of each drive and ...
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2answers
1k views

Test disk write speed on existing partition

I want to benchmark write speeds on a disk in an existing server setup. I suspect there is a problem with the write perf of the controller. Benchmarks I have tried (SiSoft Sandra, HDTune) report that ...
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1answer
115 views

What are the most common metrics for comparing performance when buying a new Windows PC?

What are some good and common performance metrics for comparing PC performance when purchasing a new PC? One I'm aware of are: Windows Experience. Edit: individual factors aren't helpful (like CPU ...
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0answers
39 views

What's causing this drop in performance?

So when browsing trough folders in Explorer, suddenly my mouse will stutter and scrolling trough folders goes extremely slow. This goes on for 10 seconds and happens multiple times a day. I don't see ...
3
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1answer
20k views

What is Conime.exe and is it safe to delete / remove from startup?

Why am I posting this? After googling this, the answers were very unclear, scattered and gave different answers. So, once I had worked out what this process was and what it does, I thought I'd help ...
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1answer
3k views

How can I analyze performance issues before/during the logon process?

How can I analyze a performance issue that happens before or during the logon process?
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1answer
3k views

RamMap “Empty standby list” drastically speeds up PC. Is there a better way to do this?

Many people are educated on how Windows Memory manager caching work by reading Microsoft white papers, etc. However, there are relatively few documents that describe real-world performance issues ...
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1k views

With SSD drives, should I still use separate drives for OS, swap file, and audio/video files in a DAW?

For the best performance on a digital audio workstation (DAW), I had formerly understood that separate drives for the OS, virtual memory (swap) file, and project media files (audio, video, sample ...
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194 views

Computer became really slow after Microsoft account sync

My computer has always been very fast since I formatted and reinstalled Windows 8 x64. Yesterday I did some things - the result is that my computer became VERY slow. Game performance is greatly ...
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1answer
93 views

Windows XP, SQL Express, 3rd party application crash — how to check the possible lack of resources?

Summary: I need to log usage of resources on Windows XP machine to find if the lack of resources may be the reason for the application crash. I need your advice how to do that. Context: There is an ...
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2answers
527 views

Tools to detect programs that are used infrequently or are never used

Is there a Windows tool that would detect programs that are used infrequently or are never used? It would help cleaning up unwanted programs and cluttered Windows.
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216 views

Partitions, symlinks, mounting as folders and performance

I'm going to have a 128-GB SSD which will contain Windows 8 and most applications, and a 1-TB hard drive which will contain most of the rest (large games, documents, select frequently overwritten ...
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1answer
996 views

Why are Windows 7&8 so much slower than Linux Mint on the same SSD? [closed]

I have an MSI Windpad, which has good hardware but terrible performance issues with Windows 7 & 8 (upgraded to 8 to see if performance got any better - nope!). I'm sure the problem must be with ...