My Windows Vista is SOOO Slow

@WebMann (4732)
Canada
May 11, 2009 6:08am CST
I decided to switch from Windows XP to Vista but now my system is so slow that it's a pain to work. It reminds me of the old 8086 computers but the thing is that back then we didn't know the speed we were missing. My system is a 2GHz Celeron, which was lightening fast on XP. I only has 2GB of RAM though. Now, is there any one that can give me some clue as to why my system is crawling like a turtle with arthritis?
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18 responses
@tdemex (3545)
• United States
11 May 09
Hey Webman I'm surprised it's you asking for help! I thought you were one of the most computer savy persons here! LO! Like you I got a new laptop top last October and I wanted XP but the best deal I could find was loaded with Vista, and it has such a bad reputation I was scared, but to my surprise it's awesome and I haven't had a problem at all and it's fast! But I did tweak it by getting rid of some of the programs that I was sure I'd never use. First if you go to Iobit.com there you'll find two free great programs to download there's a maint. program there I've been using for over a year. You'll find a start up utility there and I'd suggest shutting down half of the useless stuff that starts at boot up and you don't need them, they just slow you down. There's a smart ram also included and I run that all the time it really keeps thing fast. Give this a try and looking through the program you'll find things to help you. Have you heard of Kim Kamando? Check out her site she's an awesome resource for all kinds of things! Good Luck my friend, I'm sure you'll nail it soon! tdemex
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 May 09
Hey tdemex I was wondering if anyone would wonder what happened to my brain on this one but it has me frustrated. I have really been thinking of just going back to XP but I really don't like being beaten. And my laptop works like a charm with Vista. I am buying a new desktop computer shortly and this one will be donated to the Computers in Schools program. They completely wipe the systems and start them from scratch but I still don't like to be slapped around by my own computer, not after 20 years as a computer instructor. :) I have shut down most things so they don't startup but I am sure I am missing a bunch of things that I don't need. I will check out Iobit.com and see what's there. Appreciate the help. :)
@megh4u (372)
• Alpharetta, Georgia
11 May 09
Windows vista interface is quite attractive and have various new features but these features make OS heavy and make it slow to run....to run smoothly either you need an optimum hardware requirement or you need to change your OS back to XP. Vista is very slow since it have various process running at backend of vist which makes it slow......so I just suggest you either you upgrade your hardware such as add good graphic card, and add more ram.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 May 09
It's definitely time for me to give this PC away and get the new one I want. That way we will have both the new laptop, which I don't care to work on as I prefer the full size keyboard and my flat screen monitor. I have used a desktop for so many years it's hard to break the habit. So, I guess it's a new desktop then. :)
• United States
12 May 09
I would not use Vista with a Celeron processor, even if the clock speed is pretty fast. There are other things in Celerons that make them slower than a P4 of the same 'speed' and definitely slower than a Core or Core 2.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
12 May 09
Yeah I guess I found that out the hard way didn't I. :)
• United States
12 May 09
Yeah. I would go back to XP, or even Linux if you are feeling adventurous. :)
• Malta
12 May 09
When I bought my laptop, it had a Vista pre installed. I thought everything was wonderful especially the graphics and the way it looked. At first i didn't notice how slow it was. Then I realized that the system was crashing very often and that I couldn't carry out the same tasks I used to do on the other pc. I had to decide to downgrade to XP. When I talked to the technician, he said that Vista is too powerful and that even though the Windows were pre installed by the company, the computer couldn't handle them... I try to stay away from Vista now..
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
12 May 09
We have a new laptop as well but I prefer to use my desktop and we use the laptop for the rest of the family. It runs perfectly and is lightening fast. My PC has all my programs and docs I require for my business so I really wanted to keep using it. I have decided to just go out and buy a new desktop with all the bells and whistles I want. I was going to spend more money on my fishing equipment and we need gardening equipment as we are starting a bigger garden this year. I guess I will just have to spend more than I planned. Maybe I won't be getting a boat this year.
• Malta
12 May 09
I followed you until you said that you wanted to buy a bigger pc. That is understandable if you need a more powerful machine.... But then you started talking about fishing and gardening and buying a boat... well I cannot help you with that!! I want to buy a boat too but it will not be this year for sure!
• India
12 May 09
I too had the same problem with windows Vista and finally i had to shift back to windows xp , well i think you to shift back to windows XP or just scan your system may be some virus may have some due to which is is slow
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
12 May 09
At this point I am not going back to XP. I like the Vista interface and appearance now so for me it's a new PC. It was due anyways. Thanks for the response though. :)
@user_786 (1338)
11 May 09
If you want to run Vista on your Pc, make sure you have a faster than 2Gz processor. It should either by @ghz core 2 due or 4Ghz P4. Your RAM is sufficient to run Vista smoothly. Vista uses a lot of disk space, RAM and needs fast CPU. Make sure you have plenty of free disk space on your hard disk as well - atleast 2GB should be available. You can try uninstalling software that you dont use. Remove items from the Windows startup list - use msconfig (not sure what is the command in Vista, you can try msconfig though).
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 May 09
Yeah I was pretty much convinced that my processor is the main problem. I also keep at least 6GB free space on C drive. Unfortunately I use a ton of software between myself and my clients so I can't remove much there either. I have it pretty barebones right now and just hoping there was something that would speed it up until I get my new desktop. I was so use to the speed I had with XP and now it just hurts. :) Maybe I will not wait any longer to my new system.
@4u2enjoy (300)
• Malaysia
11 May 09
I'm using vista too but it is currently running quite fast. I guess it's just because i bought it a few months ago. My friends are using vista too and their pc are running slow too. Vista need to be updated and it can't hold too many files. It easily get condemned and slow. Try deleting stuffs that you don't need in your pc and maybe it might help ;) chiao.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 May 09
I have been down that road and have removed so much from my system already. When I first started using Vista I had very little on the computer and it was still crawling along. Thanks for trying though. :)
@locolou (111)
• Spain
11 May 09
You have a hardware impediment. Your processor is short for Vista and your Ram is short too (I have a Duo Core 2.0GH and 4Gb of ram and Vista is slow too) Vista is the worse operating system that i have seen (sorry, Windows millenium is worse than vista)
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 May 09
I am glad you changed your opinion on the worst Windows OS. ME sure does suck a lot more than Vista. I am glad I have at least have my new laptop to take up the slack.
• India
11 May 09
well this should not happen when you have 2gb of ram and a speed of 2 GHz , i too have a pc of such configuration but it is not at all slow . i think you should try reformatting it , it may have lodes of viruses in it . or you should reinstall your XP home for better performance.
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
12 May 09
I appreciate your response but I have done all that and it's something else that's causing the problems.
@rosekiss (30325)
• Eugene, Oregon
13 May 09
Mine seems to be running ok for part. I have a desktop with xp on it and my laptop hs vista on it. Vista is hard to get used to, and I think that microsoft released it to soon, as it was buggy, It seems to be better now though, at lest it is for me. I like vista, and I didn't think I would. I am having more problems with internet explorer 8 than anything. It is running slow. Of course it oould be the website slowing it down. It has been running slow all day, and I just defragged, so I really don't get it. Hopefully, it will be better later or tomorrow. Well, take care and happy mylotting.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
14 May 09
Hi Rosekiss I don't like Windows Explorer but I do keep it and use it only to see if the web sites I create for myself and clients are looking right. I use FireFox 99% of the time. I love the fact that I can have so many addons that help me in my online business.
@kdmlrys (399)
• United States
13 May 09
2 GB of RAM is quite awesome already! I think it's more than enough to run Windows Vista in a reasonable speed. My cousin's laptop is doing fine with Windows Vista and the laptop is only 1 GB RAM.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
13 May 09
I was blown away when we installed it and it crawled. I am sure it is something physical that I just haven't figured out yet. But I also think it's a great excuse for me to go out and spend some more money, although I really had my eye on getting a boat this year as I miss my old boat.
• Finland
12 May 09
even though you have 2GHz you have a "old" prosessormodel celeron i think that is main problem here and not the ram (but it might be worth to upgrade to 3-4) but i would focus on the prossesor. But why don´t you don´t use Xp and add some system parariace software to have it look like Vista (if you like the look of vista)
• United States
12 May 09
Agreed about the processor.
• India
13 May 09
windows vista generally perform slow as compared to other OS because of huge memory requirement generated via different applications installed , i will suggest you to switch to windows XP professional with any service pack you prefer for smooth and fine working environment
• Hong Kong
12 May 09
THat is true you can turtl in windows vista because of the processor of your computer it is Celeron, and you use 2gig RAM than wont help either because it is not compatible for higher speed when they two work together, you need to change your processor maybe to dualcore or quadcore to work more safer and faster... and you should use a higher videocard to help it though for video interference. THANKS MYLOT.com
@Henrysun (40)
• China
12 May 09
Vista is a slow system, unless your computer is very strong. Change to XP, you will feel great.
@smileonstar (4012)
• United States
12 May 09
Did you update from XP to Vista? mostly Vista is slow once you format XP and get to Vista. I dont like it either... everything is too new and I just dont know how to use it really. try to reformat it again and save all the work you did on CD or something. see if it works really fast, if you are not sure bring it to someone knows how to fix it.
@moujha (86)
• Mauritius
11 May 09
Personally, i have never like windows vista because it use too much space for a windows and is not so performing. There are a lot bugs in it. One main bug is that if your computer shut down during windows update process, it can damage your pc. I recommend you to use windows Xp because it is more reliable and is so light to surf with.
@ruworth (149)
11 May 09
The problem with Vista is that its very graphical, what i mean by this is that it uses alot of memory to display high spec graphics. Even if you are not playing games or watching DVDs it will still be slow as alot goes on in the background. Get a program called Tuneup Utilities, that should sort your problem.