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slow laptop

by satdrbe / July 5, 2010 5:40 PM PDT

I have dv5 hp laptop with vista premium preloaded, 250 GB HD, 3 GB RAM and core 2 duo processor.
I have turned off the vista update and do defragment daily. The problem is that when I boot my laptop for the first 10 minutes it doesnt respond fast and tend to work of its own (The sound comes from the HD)and then its pretty fast. Also i have turned off the Scheduled maintenance.
can somebody help me out?

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Sounds normal
by Jimmy Greystone / July 5, 2010 10:34 PM PDT
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Sounds pretty normal. Starting largely with XP, Microsoft has been fine tuning it's predictive caching system which tries to predict what you're going to do with the computer and then loads all of that data into memory ahead of time. That is going to create a good amount of activity early on in the session, and it will likely be wrong a lot of the time in the beginning which actually makes things slower. But over time it should improve.

Defragmenting will have no tangible effect on this. It has not real tangible effect ever outside of highly specific scenarios the average person will almost certainly never come across. It's a tool that has long since outlived its usefulness, but people refuse to let it die. Scheduled maintenance however, is something you SHOULD be doing regularly. It's like taking your car to get the oil changed every 3-5,000 miles, and having someone give it a quick once over to see if there are any obvious problems you need to address. Even if it grinds the system to a halt for a few minutes, it's better than the alternative.

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Thank You Gimmy
by satdrbe / July 5, 2010 11:33 PM PDT
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You clarified my doubts. My friends are having win7 loaded, works pretty fast.

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Slow start up
by makram74 / July 7, 2010 6:19 AM PDT
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Just a note.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / July 7, 2010 6:25 AM PDT
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Those two utilities you posted links to. While they are offered at CNET's, the initial reviews on both are less than perfect. That alone would make me cautious.

But in any case, many of the regular contributors in these forums recommend that users do not use Registry Cleaners or Registry Optimisers. In the hands of inexperienced users they can do a lot of damage, and we often see pleas for help in these forums after users have damaged their registry with these types of utilities.

We appreciate your contribution, but there are some utilities that we stay away from.


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by makram74 / July 7, 2010 6:55 AM PDT
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I'm so sorry Mark. I intended to help, and i didn't mean any harm. I thought that he would back up his registry before cleaning. I used these two programs and they didn't cause problems.
I'll try to post an applicable solutions next time (if i dare to post again).

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