Slow computer start up

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  1. laurieash

    laurieash Funster

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    Help Laptop taking a age to start up,sometimes freezes, what can i do to speed up,
    need step by step instructions please not yet comp savey.
    Laurie ash.
     
  2. Phill D

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    what laptop is it? what system has it got ( windows 7 etc ) have you got an internet security system loaded ( norton. mc afee etc )/? what web browser you using
     
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    Some basic downloads which can speed up yr PC:

    CCleaner - removes the junk from yr PC and keeps the registry up to date

    Quickstartup by Glarysoft - lets you choose which programs automatically load when switching the PC on (you can do also do this via the control panel but this is easier (ok i'm lazy).

    I'm sure some of the more tech-minded members can help further!
     
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    defragmenting the hard drive will certainly help.

    There may be a built in defragment program which will be in the 'TOOLS' submenu.

    Click START then ALL PROGS.
    Scroll to 'ACCESSORIES' then 'SYSTEM TOOLS'

    look for the defrag program and run it.
    If there isnt a defrag program try [HI]THIS ONE[/HI].....quick and easy to use

    If the computer hasnt been defraged before then it may take a long time to complete.

    Then download and run a hard drive cleaner such as 'C Cleaner'

    Download the free version from [HI]HERE[/HI]

    once installed open the program and follow the instructions to clean the registry and windows.

     
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    ASUS X50 series
    Windows Vista tm
    Microsoft security esentails
    Firefox
     
  7. Phill D

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    all the above advice is good but first do you have security and could you have picked up a virus:Eeek:
     
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    i'm not sure how good microsoft is but have you run an full virus scan if not do that first from the security menu:thumb:
     
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    ok thanks to all will try defrag, then security, then cleaner:thumb:
     
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    When did this happen first? Did it just come on all of a sudden or slowly over time? have you done any updates or downloads lately? My laptop was playing up the other day after an update from Mozilla so we rolled it back to a previous 'good' version and it has behaved since then.

    Also a friend who has a laptop totally stuffed his up and it has taken 4 hours for hubby to sort it out for him running this and that, it ended up being something that was attacking Malwarebytes which is a worry! Unfortunately no matter how much we tell him he keeps clicking on bl**dy pop-ups or downloading stuff from unofficial sites.:Doh:
     
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    last few weeks no new down loads.
     
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    Sorry to disagree but don't touch any registry "cleaner" with a barge pole.

    Need more detail to work out the problem. Given it is Vista, never a popular OS, it could just be it needs a reformat and a fresh install, which is a bit drastic but is probably going to cure it.

    My PC was locking up recently. Downloaded the latest video drivers and it has worked perfectly since. They are the most infuriating things!
     
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    defragged and cleaned my laptop a few days ago as it hadnt been done for a few months....dont use much now i have a tablet.

    117000 fragmented files defragmented
    Loads of registry errors fixed.

    fragmented files are bits of information used by various programs but dont always get put back in the same place on the hard drive when no longer needed so the processor, although it knows where they should be, has to go hunting for them....all takes time and slows down program start up time.

    Registry errors are bits of info no longer needed, remnants of removed programs etc, but are still stored in the registry taking space and time on boot up.
     
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    Defraging now try cleaner:thumb:
     
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    Have you checked how much RAM is showing? If one of the sticks has failed (it can suddenly decide to give up the ghost!) then it will definitely slow down your laptop. It will be in your Control Panel - System settings.
     
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