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Determining cause of system slowdown

by Junk877 / June 25, 2012 10:42 PM PDT

Ive spent the last few weeks trying to figure out why my pc has slowed down so much since it was purchased about 2 years ago. When i open nearly any program it takes about 5 seconds to even appear then sits at not responding until it manages to load properly. Gaming has been affected by this, as textures cannot load fast enough and cause massive FPS drops. Especially in SWTOR.

So far ive ruled out the following.

Registry issues
Viruses/malware etc
Hard drive errors/fragmenting

I could use help figuring out what is wrong, and perhaps some programs to test my hardware performance and see if something is causing the slow down. I take pretty good care of my PC and clean it regularly inside of Windows and inside the actual tower. Its starting to really bug me that i cant find a cause.

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Slowdown issues
by pgc3 / June 25, 2012 11:45 PM PDT

What OS? Hardware? Internet hook up ? What (if any) security software installed. A little more information might help.

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Do tell more
by Jimmy Greystone / June 25, 2012 11:57 PM PDT

Do tell more, because it is a truly rare thing for the registry to impact performance one way or the other, and the same applies (more or less) to file fragmentation. However, repeated use of registry "fixers" or "optimizers" is a frequent CAUSE of problems. If the first time you ever ran such a program was AFTER these problems started, we can probably rule that out in this case, but generally speaking... And then very few programs have the performance bottleneck at the file access level, so defragmenting gives you little net gain performance wise.

So that leaves us needing more details on exactly what you did to convince yourself it wasn't a virus or other form of malware, or that there wasn't some sort of HDD issue. Because a very common cause of a sudden performance drop is the HDD going bad. Given what you list as symptoms, that is where I would lean in my diagnosis.

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