Post by Mike Post by Steve Hague
I replaced my PC in January, and it's been fine up till last Thursday,
when it took half an hour to boot up and another hour before
everything was functioning normally. It's been the same every day
since. I've removed everything non essential from the start up menu,
but it hasn't made any difference. It's running Windows 10. Only the
collective wisdom of UMRA can help.
Try booting into safe mode and seeing if it is still as slow. If it is
you need an expert.
If not then there are ways of turning on bits of software until you find
out what is causing it.
Are any of your disks nearly full - first thought is that the cache to
disk is being used heavily with no write space.
However, not all space is equal, have you checked if the hdd needs
defragmentation lately? It is quite possible to have oodles of space but
dotted around in small fragments making for slow accessing.
The OP said the machine was replaced in January - If that means new in
January it is very unlikely to be fragmentation causing a problem. 10 or
15 years ago maybe but not on modern machines.
IME a machine which has not been on for a while (a week or so) can be a
bit slow at boot up as Windows Update does a full check of the HD to see
if any updates are needed. This is particularly apparent with a netbook
I own that was originally shipped with W7 and now has W10. If used
regularly its fine - if left off for a week or so the Hard Disk activity
as shown by task manager is close to 100% for the first 20 minutes or
so. Investigation of the running processes shows it is windows update
Start the task manager (Search "Task Manager") (or Cntrl+alt+del > task
Look at the performance tab CPU and Disk activity and memory to see if
any of those are close to 100%
Look at the process tab and sort by disk/CPU/or memory to see what is
using all of the resources.
Come back for more advice.
Chris B (News)