Well, I noticed a marked improvement on my laptop by adding a second gig of
RAM. You'd think 1GB is enough - no it's not. Vista craves RAM and the
second Gig turned a sluggish laptop into a little bit of a performer. If
your processor is a dual core job then you have to buy your RAM in matching
pairs. I got two 1GB sticks yesterday for just $39 a stick and it made all
the difference. Of course I don't know what to do with the two 512MB sticks
I removed .. maybe ebay.
You might note that harddrives on laptopps are often just 5400 RPM jobs ..
they work slower than the 7200 RPM harddrives typically installed to
desktops so initial loadings are a bit slower than desktops - but even
that's better with more RAM as there's much less writing to pagefiles etc.
If your laptop's harddrive isn't marked as SCSI [mine is], then you can
optimize the performance .. go to Device Manger and root around your
I can't account for Firefox - I wouldn't run it (I think it's junk and a
decided security risk) but IE on first run might take an extra moment to
connect to the Internet for the first time.
Defrag your disk of course.
I tried Readyboost before - it was a flop - I think it actually slowed
things down but not having stop watched it I'm not sure .. but it seemed so.
Oh .. one thing I almost forgot. When I get a laptop, I download the
for it from the manufacturer's website and burn them to
DVD/CD-R. Then I wipe the harddrive and install a *generic* copy of Windows.
All that bloat / junk /cr*p-ware gets is gone and I have a much more
pleasant experience with Windows. You might have a look to see if you are
running an arms long list of junk software on startup. A typical laptop
these days is just bloody loaded with it. So disable the junk or maybe even
get someone to do up your laptop right. Please note wiping the harddrive
might affect the warranty.
'Hope this helps,
"Michelle" <mh_londonNOJUNK@xxxxxx> wrote in message
>I have a totally top of the range laptop, I am not running any of the
>things like Norton that are known to cause performance problems (I use AVG
> I have heaps of RAM and disk-space, a fast Intel Core2 Duo chip, yet my
> computer is slower than my previous seven year old one (that was running
> It takes about 3 seconds to display things like the Windows Explorer
> window or about 6 or 7 seconds to bring up Firefox or IE. and about 10 or
> 11 seconds the first time I open Outlook. That is not taking into account
> the time it takes to download the web page or retieve my mail.
> I am using the default settings in Vista, are there features in Vista (I
> know it monitors everything) that could be slowing me down this much?