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What things should I run daily, weekly, monthly on my Windows machine?

What things should I run daily, weekly, monthly on my Windows XP machine? De fragmentation Scan-disk Full system scan Disk clean up Trojan checker malware remover or any other thing... And should ...
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How to diagnose right-click menu slowness?

Is there a way to find specifically what's causing Windows 7 explorer slowness, like right-click menu delay and even opening new explorer windows/drives/folders? Slowness when opening new explorer ...
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Brand new Seagate HDD has high raw read error rate

I've just purchased a brand new Seagate ST31000524AS 1TB HDD. Manufacture date shows as January 2012 (yes that's as new as new can get), so must be one of the new batches from the post-flood Thailand. ...
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How do multiple hard drives speed up PC performance?

In an answer to my question on hardware specs for a new computer the author wrote: A single HDD is not going to give you fast IO performance. and suggested that I get a second hard drive, ...
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Default Windows Vista Install: What general changes to improve speed?

I remember there were guides for Windows XP on all of the unnecessary services and things that you could turn off in a default install to make the system a bit more 'snappy'. There were also specific ...
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Making Windows XP run on 256MB of RAM

I have a Windows XP system which has only 256 MB of ram, and unfortunately upgrading the RAM is not an option (it needs DDR, a DDR2 chip didn't fit and I'm not in town long enough to order one ...
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Windows 8.1 file explorer is Super slow

I have a newish ( a couple of months old) laptop. i7 4700mq gtx765 8gb ram I'm using an ssd boot dirve and a HDD for storage. The computer has absolutely no problems running programs but it is very ...
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Should I install my operating system on my SSD or HDD?

I'm currently deciding whether to install my Operating System on my SSD (solid state drive) or HD (hard drive). Will I be having programs on the HDD and the OS on the SSD or vice verca? Which will ...
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In Windows 7, is there a way to know how much memory a service is using?

In windows 7, is there a way (by using common interface or a custom utility) to know how much memory a specific windows service is using ? It seems most services are hosted by svchost.exe processes ...
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Troubleshooting slow SSD

I have a Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD (http://www.mushkin.com/Digital-Storage/SSDs/MKNSSDCR120GB.aspx). Its performance is rated as: Capacity: 120GB Read Speed: up to 550MB/sec ...
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How to investigate why my firefox is so slow?

My Firefox v3.5.2 has loads of extensions (48 total, 33 enabled), also considerable database of visited pages and in general rather old profile. Flash is disabled by NoScript, so this is not an issue. ...
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How to diagnose a slow booting laptop [duplicate]

I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64bit on a Dell Precision M4400 laptop and whenever I boot it it takes ages ( >5mins average). This doesn't seem right as it's a fairly beasty piece of kit, It get's a 5.9 ...
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Very long boot up process?

Very strange boot up process that took literally 5~6 minutes. Other than the boot up, the PC works perfectly fine. Things I have tried: CHKDSK (No errors) Reset BIOS (HDD 1st) Defrag Link to ...
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When tab groups are loaded, Firefox becomes unresponsible for minutes (Unresponsive script)

I have several tab groups (~ 20) in Firefox. I can start the browser without any problems. However, as soon as I … click at the "Group tabs" icon in the toolbar, or right-click on a tab and hover ...
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Computer slow or is it just me?

My main computer these days is a Laptop with an SSD. Besides that, I have a desktop gaming rig. It is from last year, but it still runs recent titles really well. Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Diablo 3, not a ...
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What could cause a computer to slow down over time?

I have an application/game that ran smoothly a few months ago but lately I've realized it runs more sluggish than usual (the frames per second get quite low). I thought maybe something I installed is ...
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Computer Speedup

We've all seen that ads strewn across the web that tout the ability to increase the speed of our computer by 200%+. Obviously, these don't work. But what is the real way to speed up and optimize your ...
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Frequent WiFi disconnects on laptop when not charged

I have a weird wireless connection problem. The whole thing started today, when I installed my new router a D-Link DIR635 model after my previous router became very unreliable and faulty. I use this ...
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rsync slow copy from one disk to another

I got two drives of the same model which are connected using SATA. When benchmarking read speeds using hdparm -t /dev/sdX, speeds of about 160MB/s are returned. When benchmarking write-speed using dd ...
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How to tune Windows Vista startup speed?

My one year old Vista installation at work takes some 10 minutes to start up. However, my freshly installed Vista at home takes only 1 minute to get fully running. What could cause this slowdown, and ...
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How to measure disk-performance under Windows?

I'm trying to find out why my application is very slow on a certain machine (runs fine everywhere else). I think i have traced the performance-problems to hard-disk reads and writes and i think it's ...
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How to find out what's accessing a particular hard drive on Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I view what percentage of my hard drive bandwidth is currently being used? My HDD on a dock just started making noises like it's being accessed but I don't see ...
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How much of a performance hit using asymmetrical dual channel RAM?

As a follow-up to my question Can a P55 chipset support 6GB as 2GBx3?; I understand there might be a performance hit using an odd-number of sticks. My question therefore is - How much of a ...
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Windows 8 disk usage is 100%

Windows 8.1 Preview has disk usage of 100%, and the fan is very noisy. It started one week ago, before that it wasn't so noisy and the laptop worked very well. I don't know the cause. I hope you can ...
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How to *quickly* get a list of files that have bad sectors/blocks/clusters/whatever?

My wife's Windows 7 (64-bit) box has suddenly developed a SMART "disk is bad" status. I'm attempting to copy everything off (no admonishments about lacking a backup regimen, please, I know already ...
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Redeeming an old laptop

I have a 2001-vintage laptop that is getting so slow my kids won't even use it much anymore. Is there anything I can do that's free or inexpensive to make it more usable for light-duty use (web ...
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Does ReadyBoost slow down systems with more RAM?

I have 4 GB of RAM and would like to make use of ReadyBoost to speed up hard drive access, by taking advantage of its hard drive cache method. However, as I understand the technology, ReadyBoost ...
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How to quickly view huge PNG images in OS X?

I need to view and zoom into selected parts of PNG images around 10,000x10,000px, ~10MB. When I open these images with Preview, it takes over a minute to load and then is very slow to show the image ...
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How do Intel HD Graphics from 2010 processors compare to current low level graphics cards? [closed]

This question is similar to this, but here I'm asking about Intel HD Graphics integrated into 2010 processors in general and graphics integrated into Atom N550 in particular. A site with reviews ...
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Windows: Will compressing the hard drive partition speed up disk access? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How does NTFS compression affect performance? In theory, on a reasonably fast PC, the processor is mostly idle during hard drive access. A compressed file takes up less ...
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cpu usage nearly 100 constantly windows xp sp3

When running some heavy applications like games or virtual box for some time.. the cpu usage is normal for some 15 mins and then suddently cpu usage increases. even after i quit the heavy apps and ...
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How to open ports on router for better torrent performance

I've been using utorrent to download and upload torrents for a long time. Recently someone told me that I need to open port(s) for utorrent from my router settings for better downloading and uploading ...
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hibernate takes 4 minutes 38 seconds

I have a 4GB RAM 500GB 7200 rpm HDD laptop and when I hibernate the laptop it takes in the region of 3 or 4 minutes(*) to hibernate. not the 24 seconds it used to take. It takes this long whether or ...
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Intel turbo boost - in reality

I have an Intel i7-3630QM processor in my laptop. Its speed is supposed to be from 2.4 to 3.4 GHz in turbo boost mode. In reality, will it ever run all cores on full speed (3.4GHz mentioned above) ...
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SSD and Netbook - freezing during I/O

I have a netbook (Dell Inspiron mini 10) that I recently upgraded to an SSD (Plextor PX-256M3). The netbook has 1 GB of RAM (non-upgradable), and just the simple "Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE ...
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Does having more installed programs slow down a computer? [closed]

I was wondering does having more installed programs in a Windows slow down the computer (like make it laggier because it has to perform more "stuff")? What about Mac? (I don't have a computer. I ...
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How do I speed up lackluster hardware running Windows 7?

I'm one of very few people at my company who does graphic work, and I do quite a lot of it. Headquarters doesn't quite get that graphics work requires different hardware than, for example, sales work, ...
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Performance issue with my system

Recently while using my laptop (Dell XPZ15z) all of a sudden the CPU usage is spiking to 80-100% then will drop in say 5-7 sec. I am not running any application or process that requires such CPU ...
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Stop truecrypt from consuming all available physical memory

I have many truecrypt containers that contain random files that I am trying to consolidate into another set of containers that are better organized this time. To do this requires me to copy all the ...
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Slow Browsing/Direct Download, but Fast Bittorrent Download

I'm using Windows XP SP2. I have a 1 MB connection via a SpeedTouch 585, and my internet speed registers at 0.3 MB, with a maximum download of 30kbps. Not to mention a terrible ping at 500-1500. On ...
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automate system maintenance

How do I automate system maintenance? I'm using tune up utilities 2010, portable spybot, malware bytes, ad-aware, c-cleaner, and avast free antivirus. I'm using windows xp. Please tell me, how can I ...
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Performance Decline after compressing entire C: drive

Hey guys, i recently tried to improve performance in my laptop by compressing files on the c: drive... however due to my own negligence i compressed the entire c: drive and not just the my documents ...
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ATI Radeon HD 4650 poor performance in battery mode

I have an AHTEC Sense XHLB2 (a relabeled version of the Compal HLB2) that has a VGA ATI Radeon HD 4650. When I switch off the power plug and run into battery mode the perfomance of the laptop is ...
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Windows 8: Disk Usage at 100%? Nothing Responds

Lately my Windows disk usage has been "sky-rocketing" to 100% and then everything freezes up, nothing is responding. I can’t even open the menu from sliding my mouse to the top right corner and I ...
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External hdd really slow, and produces error messages for certain folders

I recently reinstalled windows 7 and now my Storejet 1.5TB external hdd is much slower. I can view/open nearly all my data except for a few folders. These folders I cannot delete either. Can you ...
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Will adding extra RAM in my computer speed it up?

I have a 5 year old Dell Inspiron 530 desktop computer which is slowly grinding to a halt. Someone told me if I put extra RAM in it will speed it up. On the motherboard, there are four slots but only ...
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Slow transfer with memory stick (819 kb/s)

What do I do to optimize the file transfer rate of a Memory Stick Duo? The file transfer was not like this when it was still new. Can reformatting give new life to a memory stick? It takes about 20 ...
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Does compressing files in XP slow things down?

I frequently run the Disk Cleanup tool and let it compress old files. However, one of the directories it compressed, full of small icon images, is terribly slow. Is this a result of the compression or ...
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Why does emptying disk space speed up computers?

I have been looking to a bunch of videos and I now understand a bit better how computers work. I understand a bit better as well what is the RAM, the volatile and non-volatile memories or the process ...
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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...