Sluggish laptop -- any suggestions?

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       #21

    @Megahertz, I'm just using the built-in Windows Defender.
    @zbook, is the System Extensive Test (loop until error) what you're looking for?







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       #22

    @garyfritz -

    it might just be easier (and faster) to backup all your data to an external device and re-image your computer from scratch with the last revision of W10.

    Just a thought.

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       #23

    Compumind said:
    @garyfritz -

    it might just be easier (and faster) to backup all your data to an external device and re-image your computer from scratch with the last revision of W10.

    Just a thought.
    I agree. Most of the time a Clean install is the less time consuming.
    Try first a Refresh Windows 10
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       #24

    garyfritz said:
    @Megahertz, I'm just using the built-in Windows Defender.
    @zbook, is the System Extensive Test (loop until error) what you're looking for?








    Yes, the system extensive test should test all major hardware.
    It can also be ran as a loop until failure to make multiple tests.
    Run this overnight as it will perform the long tests while you are sleeping.
    The next AM perform component tests as needed (some are interactive).
    Please take pictures of the results and post images into the thread.
    If there are any problems posting images please use share links (one drive, drop box, or google drive)
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       #25

    Megahertz said:
    I agree. Most of the time a Clean install is the less time consuming.
    Try first a Refresh Windows 10
    Well, it does remove all your applications, so I think after this much time spent, a clean install is best.

    FWIW
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  6. Posts : 136
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       #26

    I ran the Extensive Tests for 11 hours. No errors.

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       #27

    garyfritz said:
    I ran the Extensive Tests for 11 hours. No errors.

    Sluggish laptop -- any suggestions?-image.png
    Look's like your hardware's OK on the face of the UEFI tests. What's the size of your C: drive and how much space is left? Have you run at Cmd prompt:
    Code:
    cleanmgr
    I found that released 2GB of space occupied from leftover update files. Also run Cmd (as Administrator) and type:
    Code:
    defrag C: /A
    just to check that optimize has been working properly so your drive hasn't got a large fragmented space. I'd also run a separate scan on the drive, eg with Free Malwarebytes, to ensure there's no viruses present. I wouldn't wholly rely on Defender.

    I see you've looked at Task Manager, but are you sure there's no unusual activity going on. Recently I found high power usage on Antimalware Service Executable when I was trying out something on my PC, but I knew what was causing it. Are you sure there's no Apps running that you don't need that are consuming a lot of overheads?
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  8. Posts : 136
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       #28

    C: is nearly 1 TB, with 400GB free. No out-of-space problem here.

    C: is an SSD so defragging (beyond Windows' default monthly pass) is not recommended.

    I do run periodic scans with Malwarebytes, but I was answering Megahertz's question about what *antivirus* I was running.

    When I was seeing the poor performance, my CPU utilization was in the 10% range. No noticeable swapping or disk thrashing.
    Last edited by garyfritz; 29 Oct 2019 at 14:02.
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       #29

    On the Power Manager profile configuration there is a specific set for CPU utilization: Max and min.
    High performance profile is normally 100% and 30%.
    See what is set on the profile you're running.
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  10. Posts : 136
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       #30

    I think this is what you mean?

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