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I own the world's slowest modern Desktop PC?

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  1. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    OK, I've had it with this Desktop PC. Either this PC SHOULD be performing faster or I'm just delusional.

    Can someone tell me here on this forum if my PC is setup wrong and not taking advantage of its built-in speed?

    http://speccy.piriform.com/results/UeNLRXLDdUhDn2nZcYmInFQ

    THanks, bob
     
  2. flavallee

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    A Dell XPS 8700 desktop with an Intel Core i7-4770 3.40 GHz processor and 32 GB of DDR3-1600 RAM should NOT be running slow.

    We have no way of knowing how you use it and how well you maintain it and what apps are running in it, so there could be several reasons for its slowness.

    My first few guesses would be:
    Too many running processes
    An infestation of malware, spyware, viruses, etc.
    The interior of the case clogged with dust
    A too-full primary storage drive

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  3. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    Thanks Flavalee for the response.

    Yes, I use this PC as my day-to-day business PC. I am not editing video or gaming. Once in a blue moon I will use it as a digital audio workstation but my complaints regarding slowness is in everyday tasks. I use Chrome browser and I have 32 GB of RAM since I use several tabs at once. But I can't seem to optimize this PC. It always seem to underwhelm me according to its specs. THat is, I have always thought it should be a bit faster. Is there any software I can run that can optimize my PC? Or is something you have to do manually? Below are my responses to your questions.

    My first few guesses would be:
    Too many running processes - I run Task manager and observe the performance tab and it's only running at >20% when it's running slow.
    An infestation of malware, spyware, viruses, etc. - I run Windows defender, BitDefender and do occassional Eset online scans.
    The interior of the case clogged with dust - I just blew out the dust last week.
    A too-full primary storage drive - there seems to be sufficient headroom on all my drives. My C drive is a 500gb SSD

    Please advise if you know how to optimize this PC. THanks;) -bob
     
  4. snuffleufflegus

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    Your power scheme is set to "power saver". Set it to "balanced" or "high performance".
    You have malwarebytes running in the background.You have bit defender.Set malwarebytes to "Manual" as it is a manual scanner and only needs to run manually ( unless you have the pro version).
    You also have alot of processes running.I will leave that part to a more qualified techy here as i have many of those processes disabled and some not installed at all. If i gave advice on which ones i would personally disable, (only because i have them disabled myself and my computer still runs like a dream) i would probably get a warning..lol.
    But that's more of a contraversial subject,so i will leave it to them.With that much ram,and a 3.40ghz processor,that thing should be quick.
     
  5. flavallee

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    Let's see what the Windows 7 startup list and services list look like.

    Click Start, then type MSCONFIG in the search or run box, then press the Enter key.
    When the small "System Configuration" window appears, click the "Startup" tab.
    Write down ONLY the names in the "Startup Item" column that have a checkmark next to them.
    If the "Startup Item" column isn't wide enough to see the entire name of any of them, widen the column.
    Submit those names here in a vertical list.
    Make sure to spell them EXACTLY as you see them there.

    Click Start, then type SERVICES.MSC in the search or run box, then press the Enter key.
    When the "Services" window appears, expand it so you can see the list more clearly.
    Write down ONLY the names in the "Name" column that have their startup type set on Automatic and Automatic (Delayed Start).
    If the "Name" column isn't wide enough to see the entire name of any of them, widen the column.
    Submit those names here in a vertical list and in alphabetical order.
    Make sure to spell them correctly.

    If you prefer to submit images instead of doing all that typing, that's fine.

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  6. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    Thank you Flavalee for the post.

    my MSCONFIG list is:

    iCloud for Windows ( I just disabled this and have not restarted my PC yet)
    CCleaner
    Dropbox

    my SERVICES list is:

    Adobe Acrobat Update Service
    AMD External Events Utility
    Andrea RT Filters Service
    Apple Mobile Device Service
    AtherosSvc
    Background Intelligent Transfer Service
    Base Filtering Engine
    BitDefender Auxiliary Service
    Bitdefender Desktop Update Service
    Bitdefender Product Agent Service
    Bitdefender RedLine Service
    Bitdefender Virus Shield
    Bluetooth Support Service
    Bonjour Service
    COM+ Event Service
    DbxSvc
    DCOM Server Process Launcher
    Dell Client Management Service
    Dell Digital Delivery Service
    DHCP Client
    Diagnostics Tracking Service
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    DNS Client
    Encrypting File System (EFS)
    Function Discovery Resource Publication
    Google Update Service (gupdate)
    Group Policy Client
    IKE and AuthIPsec Keying Modules
    Intel(R) Capability Licensing Service Interface
    Intel(R) Rapid Storage Technology
    Internet Sharing Connection (ICS)
    IP Helper
    Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X64
    Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN v4.0.30319_X86
    Microsoft Office ClickToRun Service
    Multimedia Class Scheduler
    Network Location Awareness
    Network Store Interface Service
    Plug and Play
    Power
    Print Spooler
    Program Compatibility Assistant Service
    Realtek Audio Service
    Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
    RPC Endpoint Mapper
    Security Accounts Manager
    Security Center
    Sever
    Shell Hardware Detection
    Software Protection
    System Event Notification Service
    Task Scheduler
    TCP/IP NetBios Helper
    TeamViewer 13
    TechSmith uploader service
    Themes
    User Profile Service
    Windows Audio
    Windows Audio Endpoint Builder
    Windows Defender
    Windows Event Log
    Windows Firewall
    Windows Font Cache Service
    Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
    Windows Live ID sign-in Assistant
    Windows Management Instrumentation
    Windows Media Center Receiver Service
    Windows Media Center Scheduler Service
    Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
    Windows Search
    Windows Update
    WLAN AutoConfig
    Workstation
    ZAtheros Wlan Agent
     
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    Remove the checkmark in these startup entries:
    CCleaner
    Dropbox

    After you're done, click Apply - OK/Close - Exit Without Restart.


    Double-click these service entries, one at a time, to open its properties window, then change "Startup Type" to Manual, then click Apply - OK:
    Adobe Acrobat Update Service
    Dell Client Management Service
    Dell Digital Delivery Service
    Diagnostic Tracking Service
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    Encrypting File System
    Google Update Service
    Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN
    (both entries)
    Program Compatibility Assistant Service
    Software Protection
    TeamViewer 13
    TechSmith Uploader Service
    Windows Live ID Sign-in Assistant
    Windows Media Center
    (both entries)
    Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
    After you're all done, close the services window.


    Restart your computer, then wait for it to completely settle down from the restart.
    Run it for awhile and make sure all your apps are still working okay.
    Advise me if speed and "snappiness" has improved.

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  8. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    yES, RUNNING SNAPPIER, THOUGH i'M HAVING AN ISSUE WITH MY c dRIVE FILLING UP. iT'S AT MAX. tHRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S GOING ON. lOOKS LIKE gOOGLE dRIVE IS SYNCING AND FILLING IT UP. i TURNED OFF SYNC BUT THERE IS A TON OF FILES. Currently going through C Drive to see if I can delete stuff. Looks like I was installing programs to C drive which is not a good idea. I'd rather have the headroom on the C drive to run the system and just install my programs on another hard drive. What a mess!
     
  9. snuffleufflegus

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    Did you change your power scheme and set malwarebytes to maual as i mentioned earlier on? Please do so and then reboot.Let us know if that also helps.
     
  10. bsacco

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    yes, I did all those things prior so there is no chance to tell if that specifically made a difference. It is snappier For sure. Is there any way to benchmark the PC to see if it's using all of its available horsepower?
     
  11. flavallee

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    I'm glad to hear your computer is running snappier. (y)
    Repeat the below instructions so I can see what's still loading and running in the background in the services list.

    Click Start, then type SERVICES.MSC in the search or run box, then press the Enter key.
    When the "Services" window appears, expand it so you can see the list more clearly.
    Write down ONLY the names in the "Name" column that have their startup type set on Automatic and Automatic (Delayed Start).
    If the "Name" column isn't wide enough to see the entire name of any of them, widen the column.
    Submit those names here in a vertical list and in alphabetical order.
    Make sure to spell them correctly.

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  12. bsacco

    bsacco Thread Starter

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    here you go...
     

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    You're using BitDefender, so you definitely don't want Windows Defender running at the same time.
    Change its "Startup Type" to Disabled, then click Apply - OK.

    Change "Startup Type" in these entries to Manual, then click Apply - OK:
    DbxSvc
    Intel Capability Licensing Service Interface
    Microsoft Office ClickToRun Service
    Microsoft .NET Framework NGEN


    After you're done with these 5 entries, restart the computer.

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