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Alex Mustard

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all of a sudden my Windows Vista laptop started running extreamley slow (so slow it's barley useable) and i can't figure out what happened. i have ran a regastry cleaner, the disk defregmentor, disc cleanup and i also scanned for viruses with BitDefender Toatl security 2010 and malware bytes and it says no viruses found.

what can i do to fix this?


Computer Manufacturer: Acer

Computer Model:Aspire 5920

Processor: intel Core2 Duo T5550 183GHz

Ram: 3GB

System type: 32 Bit

Hard Drive: - Capacity: 300GB
- Free Space:156GB

Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premeum service pack 2
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Welcome to GeekstoGo
You have actually posted in the XP Forum.
You would have been better posting in the Vista forum, hwever as at this stage it is not a very technical query, we can start here and if it becomes a Vista technical issue you can ask for the thread to be moved.

Your first mistake and please do nopt be offended was this.

i have ran a regastry cleaner,


Registry cleaners are mostly usless, frequently dangerous to the health of the computer and occasionally an outright disaster.
This is the reason.

Please accept my advice, in case you are not certain it is correct -
HOWEVER to try and convince you and for the benefit of anyone who may be reading this thread and thinking of using a registry cleaner -
There is generally speaking no such thing as a TRUSTED registry fix.
See this:
http://miekiemoes.bl...weaking_13.html

and this
After running 'PC registry Cleaner' on my laptop with Win7professional I now cannot access windows explorer [returns a no association message] and some programs will not install.

And there is the proof in the pudding that Registry Cleaners do more damage than they solve.

OR THIS - on a brand new computer
Registry Errors in brand new PC
Scanning Report
Total scan items: 296239
Total errors found: 132
High risk error count: 12
Count of errors recommended to ignore: 0
5 Add/Remove Programs
0 Browser Helper Objects & Configuration Files
10 Custom Controls
43 Deep Registry Scan
0 Device Drivers
20 File Extensions
0 Help and Resource, & History Lists
6 Invalid ActiveX
42 Invalild Files Path
and here is the reply from a GeektoGo member -with ack to "gerryf"

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"You can install a brand new, pure OEM copy of Windows straight from Microsoft and it will likely find 120 "errors"
What I am saying is they are not really errors, they are conditions a programmer has decided are errors"


and I Macboatmaster would add that the errors found by these programs are far too frequently not errors, but the deletion of the registry key by the program, causes REAL errors, insofar as the deleted key corrupts the registry due to the inter-association of multiple keys amongst the hundreds of entries in the registry.


Registry Structure: The Tree, Nodes and Keys
The data is stored in the registry in a tree structure format, for those who have never opened the Registry Editor, you'd find its layout is similar to what you would see when you open your Windows Explorer. Each node within the registry tree contains a key which may have both subkeys and data entries (called values). Depending on the application you run, the application may need only the associated key while others may need the value data set for that specific key. A hive in the registry is a group of keys, subkeys, and values in the registry that has a set of supporting files containing backups of its data. The Windows boot process automatically retrieves data from these supporting files.

AND my attempt to explain it in simple terms - therein lies the problem with the so-called registry cleaner/optimizer programs. the program decides what is not needed and can be deleted. However, frequently the inter-dependance of the various branches of the tree are not recognised by the program AND this is where it goes horribly wrong. - Macboatmaster


That all said, it is YOUR computer - the decision is yours.
SEE MY NEXT POST FOR where to start NOW

Edited by Macboatmaster, 04 January 2011 - 06:54 PM.

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Start here please work your way through and then post results of any improvement etc.
I NOW NOTICE YOU HAVE RUN DISK CLEANUP AND DISK DEFRAG.
Work through the others please on maintenance, including the link at the bottom of that page.

Vista
Disk cleanup
http://windows.micro...ng-Disk-Cleanup

Vista - maintenance
http://windows.micro...ter-performance

Cleaning your browser files - Internet explorer.
http://www.microsoft...upport/faq.aspx

Firefox
http://kb.mozillazin...story_-_Firefox

Edited by Macboatmaster, 04 January 2011 - 07:03 PM.

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thank's. i tride all the stuff in the list but it didn't help.

How do i change this to the vista section?
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From your specs.
# Operating System:Windows Vista home premeum 64-Bit

System type: 32 Bit

Which is it please 32bit or 64bit.


Is the computer slow to load Vista, or does it load OK and is then slow to open applications etc.
OR is it restricted to the browser.

You say - all of a sudden - can this be identified as occurring after the installation of any particular program or untility - especially that register cleaner.

You have 3GB ram, check what amount of ram is actually shown as usage, together with CPU - processor usage in task manager. See this
http://articles.tech...11-6161050.html


In relation to startup matters - What do you now have in startup, as enabled. Did you run through this aspect on the first link I sent
I also asked you to check the link to the further pages.
What was the result of this please.
http://windows.micro...-or-off-quickly


If this "all of a sudden" is RECENT - try a restore, bearing in mind of course that anything installed AFTER that restore point will be lost.
http://www.howtogeek...system-restore/

IF PROBLEMS still exist after a system restore run the Windows Memory Diagnostic.
http://www.bleepingc...utorial146.html
Here is the guide but it is START - type "memory" in search and then click on the tool

Aditionally - have you checked that all vents on the case are clear and there are no obvious signs of overheating.

Edited by Macboatmaster, 05 January 2011 - 08:54 AM.

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Try using Windows' "System Restore" to roll Windows back to a previous state when your computer was functioning correctly:


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SpywareDr.

Wakey Wakey.

If this "all of a sudden" is RECENT - try a restore, bearing in mind of course that anything installed AFTER that restore point will be lost.
http://www.howtogeek...system-restore/


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Oops, sorry. Missed it.
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it used to be a 64 but i took it into staples awhile back to get it fixed (where i Bought it and it was still under warrenty) and they changed alot of shat around and now it's a 32 bit

Ram in use is 1.91gb

Cpu usage 5%



the computer will all of a sudden freeze up. if i'm typing, somtimes it will freeze for 30-60 seconds AND THEN ALL THE LETTERS I'VE TYPED WILL APPEAR. AND THE CAPS LOCK TAKES AWHILE TO TURN OFF ONCE THE BUTTON IS PRESSED. AND SOMETIMES IF I'M DOING SOMTHING IN ONE WINDOW,IT'LL FREEZE UP but other open window's won't

and there is no restore points.
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How to automatically repair Windows Vista using Startup Repair
http://www.bleepingc...utorial148.html
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unfortunately i bought thbought my compuer from staples buisness depot(witch i regret)

and it came with window's pre installed and no cd's were in the box
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sorry about that last post. i got side tracked and didn't look it over before i posted it.

unfortunately i bought my laptop from staples buissness depot (witch i regret) and it came with the operating system already on it. all that was in the box they gave me was:

- the laptop
- the battery
- the charger

unfortunately it came with no cd or dvd's

is there any way i can get my hands on a windows vista home premeum DVD without paying a great deal of money?or is there any other options?
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Borrow one?
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