Why is my computer unresponsive and running slow?

Sarah September 18, 2011
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My computer will run fine for a few days to a week and then will start messing up. Slow starts or shut downs. Slow upload on pictures. Non-responsive. Will just freeze.

I will often get the Active Desktop message. Script errors. Chkdsk will sometimes take an hour. Not often, not all at the same time. No money to buy anything. Please and THANK YOU!

  1. Tina
    September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am


    did you figure out what caused your computer to be unresponsive? Please let us know in case you found solution or in case you need more ideas. Thank you!

  2. Anonymous
    September 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm
  3. Jeffery Fabish
    September 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    It sounds like a hard disk failure is imminent. The slow photo upload on photos has to do with networking (router, ISP, etc.).

    You should first clean out junk files from your hard drive. Download CCleaner and Auslogics Disk Defrag. Once CCleaner is installed, open it and press "analyze" and then after it scans select "Run Cleaner". After that, run Auslogics Disk Defrag and select which hard drives you'd like to defragment and press the arrow next to "Defrag" (which points down) and select "Defrag & Optimize", give it a few hours to finish.

    Then go to start -> run or start -> search box and type "msconfig" and press enter. Once the configuration utility opens, go to the "startup" tab and deselect all items you don't need to start up with Windows. After that go to start -> control panel -> Programs and Features (or Add/Remove on XP) and remove programs you no longer need.

    It's advised that you restart often and turn your computer off when you won't be using it for an extended period of time (to allow for cooling).

    It's not abnormal for chkdsk to take upwards of a few hours (depends on hard drive size and what arguments you've passed to the application). This isn't a utility that you should have to run very often. A common mistake is that simply running "chkdsk" will repair the hard drive, which it won't. You must pass the "/f" parameter in order for it to "fix", so the full command would be "chkdsk /f" which will require a restart.

    Index your computer with Windows Experience utility and see where you rank, post the results here. You should also take an Internet Speed Test to see what your ping, download and upload speeds are (again, post the results here).

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