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I've noticed that my 6 or 7 year old PC is taking about 5 or 6 minutes now to boot up,which to me seems to be way too long. I also noticed that opening multiple programs such as MS Office and anything else is taking longer than before.

I upgraded my RAM to 2gb last year and noticed a big improvement from the 512mb that came with the PC but the increased speed seems to have vanished.

I regularly run Avast,SuperAntiSpyware,Malwarebytes Anti-Malware,etc in order to keep my machine as healthy as possible.

There are 47 processes currently running and 14 Start up programs running per WinPatrol.

Is it possible that my PC is simply "getting old" and wearing out,or are there other things I should look at?

Thanks for any helpful input.
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It could be a combination of issues causing your problem. I will try to assist you in getting through them.

Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:
1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.



Download and install Free Everest Home Edition
Open it.
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post.
Click the + by computer, click on Sensor. Get a screenshot and post it so I can check your temps and voltages...

DO NOT INCLUDE ANYTHING UNDER THE LINE THAT SAYS "DEBUG- PCI"
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I hope I did this right. I'm a bit nervous about these types of things having not much experience at it.

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Everything looks good with your response.
Now lets move on to some actual steps to help speed things up.


Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.


Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

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Thank you very much. As it is late I will complete these tasks tomorrow afternoon when I get home from work.
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No problem I will monitor your topic for the results.
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I ran the TFC and it deleted 269mb worth of files. I also ran the Auslogic disk defrag and have attached the report from that.

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How is the system running now after the steps were completed?
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A little hard to tell at this point however I am seeing MS Office programs opening a bit faster than they have been.
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OK lets do another test and see how things work again.
Go to
Start and then to Run
Type in Chkdsk /r Note the space between k and /
Click Enter ...It will probably ask if you want to do this on the next reboot...click Y
If the window doesn't shutdown on its own then reboot the system manually. On reboot the system will start the chkdsk operation
This one will take longer then chkdsk /f

Note... there are 5 stages...
It may appear to hang at a certain percent for a hour or more or even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...
DO NOT SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN WHILE CHKDSK IS RUNNING OR YOU CAN HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS
This can take several hours to complete.
When completed it will boot the system back into windows.

Let me know if this fixes the problem
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Will do. I'll start it later tonight and let it run until morning. I will post results tomorrow afternoon.
Regards
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:) :)
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On 2nd thought, we've got some nasty thunder and lightning here that's supposed to hang around for a few hours so I better hold off running any scans for fear of losing power in the middle of the scan. I'll do it as soon as I can tomorrow afternoon though. :)
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I followed the instructions to run chkdsk /r and it took all of 5 minutes tops. Doesn't seem like that was supposed to happen,correct? I had to manually reboot just as you said and I received a message stating the disk was clean,or something to that effect.Should I try again?
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It should have taken longer then that to run.
Did you see 5 steps it went through or was there only 3?
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