I created a "test" account which is incredibly slow-how come?


  1. Posts : 1,797
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    I created a "test" account which is incredibly slow-how come?


    I needed to test out an issue, and the advice, on this forum, was "create test account." So I did, but without an email address. I had this folder with only four files in it, but it took about 3 minutes and counting for the green progress bar to finish the scan. End the end I just gave up and closed the window.

    When I minimized a window, all the desktop icons had this weird "blank" look. I had to right-click Refresh to get the icons back to their normal appearance.

    What didn't I do?
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  2. Posts : 565
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    Do you mean "create a test account" on your local hard drive? i.e. Create another User Account? If so then you do not need an email address to do this. If you mean that you want to create another Microsoft account then you need an email address to do this so it seems likely that it was a local user account you created. I know this doesn't solve your problem but others may need clarification as to what you did in order to help you.
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  3. Posts : 1,797
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    wiganken said:
    Do you mean "create a test account" on your local hard drive? i.e. Create another User Account? If so then you do not need an email address to do this. If you mean that you want to create another Microsoft account then you need an email address to do this so it seems likely that it was a local user account you created. I know this doesn't solve your problem but others may need clarification as to what you did in order to help you.
    I created a local account, for which I did not need an email address. It took a bit of experimentation to find the option that allowed me to do this, but once I found that option, the process went smoothly.
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  4. Posts : 565
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    So you created the local account and everything went smoothly but you still have the 'slow' refresh and blank icons problem? It's possible, but unlikely, that the new account is corrupt. It is more likely that the problem lies with your computer itself but without more info it is difficult to pin down. Maybe the computer is old and full of dust leading to overheating of the CPU and/or the GPU. Have a look and blow out any dust and ensure the vents are clear. Ensure all drivers are up-to-date.
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  5. Posts : 1,797
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    wiganken said:
    So you created the local account and everything went smoothly but you still have the 'slow' refresh and blank icons problem? It's possible, but unlikely, that the new account is corrupt. It is more likely that the problem lies with your computer itself but without more info it is difficult to pin down. Maybe the computer is old and full of dust leading to overheating of the CPU and/or the GPU. Have a look and blow out any dust and ensure the vents are clear. Ensure all drivers are up-to-date.
    This is an older system, but it is well-maintained. Minimal dust. Windows update takes care of drivers and such. When I switched back to my normal "production" user account, performance was excellent. So I'm thinking that the new account was corrupt. I already deleted it as I needed to test just one issue and that's done. So I'm really asking for the future.

    I've never had this issue before and I've built and rebuilt many systems with fresh Win 10 installs.
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  6. Posts : 565
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    I don't think Windows updates will give you up-to-date drivers. I think it only gives you generic drivers which were issued by the device manufacturer to Microsoft but they are not kept updated. Have you checked in Device Manager to check the dates of your drivers? I know in my case I had graphics card drivers which were 3 years old because the Graphics card manufacturer no longer supported the card. As a result Windows 10 was no longer the same Windows 10 (after 3 years of updates) that the drivers were issued for and I was having display problems. I had to change the card for one that still receives driver updates from the manufacturer and the problem was sorted. I would get drivers direct from the device manufacturer. It might fix your issue.
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  7. Posts : 1,797
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    wiganken said:
    I don't think Windows updates will give you up-to-date drivers. I think it only gives you generic drivers which were issued by the device manufacturer to Microsoft but they are not kept updated. Have you checked in Device Manager to check the dates of your drivers? I know in my case I had graphics card drivers which were 3 years old because the Graphics card manufacturer no longer supported the card. As a result Windows 10 was no longer the same Windows 10 (after 3 years of updates) that the drivers were issued for and I was having display problems. I had to change the card for one that still receives driver updates from the manufacturer and the problem was sorted. I would get drivers direct from the device manufacturer. It might fix your issue.
    Thanks for the tip about drivers. It never occurred to me to check this, because no previous fresh install has had this issue. That said, it's a good thing to remember for future fresh installs.

    In general, I subscribe to the, "Hey if it works, leave things alone," theory of PC usage, at least for driver updates. At this point, my system is pretty old in PC lifetimes. Aside from drives, I haven't added anything in years except a front-bay flash card reader. My plan for next year is to build an entirely new AMD Ryzen X570 system with much better graphics, NMVe SSD, more and faster RAM, etc. Then I'll have to worry about drivers.
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