Is there any hope for my 4GB laptop? I refreshed Windows 10

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  1. Posts : 137
    Windows10 Home
       #1

    Is there any hope for my 4GB laptop? I refreshed Windows 10


    My 4GB laptop is really slow. I did a fresh start, which I thought was going to reinstall Windows and delete everything, but it did not, (many, but not all, of my programs are still there). The computer is still delayed. Opening windows takes forever. Etc.

    No heavy usage, I just want to use basic programs and not have to wait... much... time... for programs to open when I start whatever.

    This RAM is hardwired. Cannot be changed.
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  2. Posts : 24,602
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #2

    ironfist said:
    My 4GB laptop is really slow. ... No heavy usage, I just want to use basic programs and not have to wait... much... time... for programs to open when I start whatever.
    This RAM is hardwired. Cannot be changed.

    4GB should be plenty for general use, several of my machines have 4GB and they aren't slow.

    You are possibly more restricted by the speed of the cpu. What is the make and model of this laptop? What processor does it have? Do you have 32-bit or 64-bit Window? (look in Settings > System > About to find out)
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  3. Posts : 3,985
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #3

    With 4 G of memory, it should have Win 10 32bits, not 64.
    The answer to make it much faster is a SSD. As you laptop has SATA 300 you won't take full advantage of a SSD, but it still will be 3 times faster than what you have today.
    You can replace the HDD with a 500G SSD (US$60) or add a small SSD (120G - US$25) replacing the ODD with a caddy to hold the actual HDD.
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  4. Posts : 24,602
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    I find 4GB runs fine with x64 W10. As I said, several of my machines have 4GB and they all run x64 without issue. In fact using x86 on a 4GB machine would reduce the memory available to Windows. More than 1GB would be unavailable as it has to be hardware reserved for accessing the video RAM. An x64 machine can map the video RAM above the installed RAM, leaving just a few MB as hardware reserved.


    Is there any hope for my 4GB laptop?  I refreshed Windows 10-x86-4gb-ram.png


    We still have no idea what processor the OP has. IMHO that would be the determining factor in choosing x86 over x64. We also don't know yet if this machine has a replaceable drive. Some lower spec laptops have soldered in eMMC drives ( @ironfist's RAM is soldered in so it's possible/probable).
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  5. Posts : 2,487
    Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
       #5

    Your specs say i7-360qm.

    Do you mean i7-3630qm?

    8 year old technology; but still quad core, 8 threads; should be a decent machine even now.

    When was it last performing well? A week? 6 months?

    Have you at least taken a gander at Task Manager regarding CPU usage, startup programs, disk and RAM usage, etc?
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  6. Posts : 24,602
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    ignatzatsonic said:
    Your specs say i7-360qm.
    They also say 'Desktop'. But the OP is asking for help with a laptop. We don't know the specs for that one yet.
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  7. Posts : 7,087
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
       #7

    ironfist said:
    My 4GB laptop is really slow. I did a fresh start, which I thought was going to reinstall Windows and delete everything, but it did not, (many, but not all, of my programs are still there). The computer is still delayed. Opening windows takes forever. Etc.

    No heavy usage, I just want to use basic programs and not have to wait... much... time... for programs to open when I start whatever.

    This RAM is hardwired. Cannot be changed.
    Does your laptop have a hard disk drive? If so, upgrading to a SSD is well worth while for improved speed of response. Use Autoruns to check what third party stuff is loading on boot and disable unneeded items. You need to do a clean install to start afresh Clean Install Windows 10
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  8. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #8

    Please try the following simple checks to compare reponsiveness:

    a. Boot to Safe Mode
    b. Perform a clean boot

    Report whether your laptop seems more reponsive in each case.

    If so, boot normally, then post a screenshot of your task manager thus:
    Is there any hope for my 4GB laptop?  I refreshed Windows 10-screenshot-copy1.png
    with columns of interest with high resource usage organised high to low.

    I did a fresh start, which I thought was going to reinstall Windows and delete everything,
    Fresh Start Windows 10
    Fresh start lets you perform a clean reinstallation and update of Windows while keeping your personal data and most Windows settings intact. Fresh start will remove most of your apps from your device.
    Note: you haven't stated your Windows build as you were prompted to do when creating your first post. Therefore please advise the relevance of this in your case:
    Fresh start is available for Windows 10 versions prior to version 2004. For Windows 10 version 2004 and higher, Fresh start functionality has been moved to Reset this PC. To reset your PC, go to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Reset this PC > Get Started. Then select Keep my files (aka: refresh Windows 10), choose cloud or local, change your settings, and set Restore preinstalled apps? to No.
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  9. Posts : 2,754
    Windows 10 Home x64
       #9

    Check your HDD for bad clusters too. Or at least, check its SMART status (specially 'reallocated sector count' and 'pending sectors count'). If value(s) are not zero, it means your hard drive is failing/dying.
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  10. Posts : 34,931
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #10

    To do that you can use Crystal Diskinfo (free) or HD Tune v2.55 (free) for example.

    The best summary I know of is provided by Hard Disk Sentinel. (not free).
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