Windows 10: Computers slow slow slow slow down; what do I do?
Computers slow slow slow slow down; what do I do?
Both my and my wife's computer will just sorta die; they work but things that should take a couple seconds take many minutes. Restarting fixes it, but it can take 15 minutes just to shut the computer down. Once I had to unplug it.
Mine is 3 months old, hers maybe 5 years.
This started perhaps a month ago.
I have run 4 virus programs (Panda, SuperAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, Bitdefender) and they all report no problems. On mine I also ran the full Tango (Security Tango) with nothing showing up.
I originally blamed our internet connection, but that couldn't affect my ability to close a program, or even move the mouse.
What can I do?
Are you using Windows 10? I will assume yes.
Disable Fast Startup in Windows. Right click on Windows Start button and select Power Options, select Change what the power buttons do, select, Change settings that are currently unavailable, uncheck Windows fast startup. Close open windows, right click Windows start button, hover Shutdown or sign out, select Restart.
yes, Windows 10. Sorry.
That didn't work on either computer; the fast start wasn't showing. I read that you can make it show by turning hibernation on. I did that and it showed as checked. I unchecked it and restarted.
But if hibernation was off, wasn't fast start off also? So I really didn't change anything, did I?
Nope you sure did not change a thing. The next thing is to go through all of the settings and turn off things that you do not need or want. Windows 10 tries to be all things to everybody and as a result runs a boat load of stuff in the background all of the time. It all uses resources and slow down your PC.
Left click on Windows start button. click on the gear icon to open settings. Go through System, Devices, Network and Internet, and Personalization. See something you do not use, turn it off, see something you do not want, turn it off, see something your not sure about, leave it alone.
You can also take a look at Task Manager and see what is consuming CPU and Hard Disk usage, you might find something there you can kill to make things run better. Be careful there though.
I don't use many of the Windows stuff now.
Looking at Task Manager now, the CPU is 16% and memory is 64%.
Big users are Edge 260mb and 146mb, and "Windows Modules Installer Worker" at 245mb.
Googling to find out what WMIW was I found:
Windows modules installer worker - High CPU usage - Win 8.1/ 10
Are either of those worth a shot?
And... the problems started right after a windows cumulative update. Could I uninstall that and see what happens; or is that risky?
I believe you have found the culprits. I would recommend first go to this link:
Download and run the troubleshooter and see if it says it fixed Windows Update. If it does see how the machine acts after that. If the problem persists then yes you can uninstall the update, a bit risky but you can evaluate that by doing a search for what that update is and what it addressed to make your decision. You may find something else there that can be corrected.
I would also look at Power plan advanced settings and see if "Processor Maximum power state" is set to 100%. Hard disk(s) may also be set to go to sleep too early and any response from them could be delayed.
I notice the only time my wife's computer failed on 11-17 she was on Nordstom.com. On 11-18 and 11-19 I went to Nordstom.com on my computer and it failed also; the only times those days. Seems like more than a coincidence.
But it doesn't fail every time, and it never fails on my laptop.
Does this mean anything?
I can't find where maximum power power state is. Should it be set to 100%, or something else?
Thanks. Set at 100%
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