I frequently have issues with (often extreme) lagging in various applications yet when I look in task manager and in resource monitor, there is available CPU and RAM (3GB!). Even the disk usage is not showing much load. I've run malware scans and ccleaner, no change in the problem.
I am getting frustrated with waiting and watching the spinning circle! ie:
working with a large document in Word, sometimes the letters that I type appear one at a time, about two seconds apart.
using a graphics-editing program, a simple swipe of the tool pulls up a meter that slowly fills to 100%, then hangs there for even longer than it took for it to fill, before the program becomes responsive again
Details: Lenovo G51-35 laptop 8GB RAM (6.91 usable) as 1600MHz SODIMM in 1 slot, 1 slot empty Processor: AMD A8-7410 APU with AMD Radeon R5 Graphics 2.20 GHz Running Windows 10 home 64 bit, build 14393.321
BTW this system came with a ton of bloatware, some of which I have uninstalled, but there are so many apps already installed and processes running, I can't even sort out what I can/should uninstall or disable
Edited to add:
I did the reset. I was really hoping to avoid such a drastic and time-consuming measure. It took me two days to get all my apps loaded back in and another two days for my dropbox to finish syncing. Wish it had helped! Now things seem worse. When I have no apps running at all, there is so much running in the background that it is using over half of the system resources. This may be bloatware or other unnecessary processes that were reinstalled/reenabled when I did the reset. When I am working, sometimes my mouse won't even track smoothly the lag is such a problem. I am not averse to getting more RAM but I'm not sure if that's the problem. Disk use looks pegged and CPU usage is up there, too, before I even start anything.
resource monitor graph: CPU 75%, Disc 100% active / high usage, Memory 86% usage