I am having the slow computer problems that creep up on us.
I have not installed anything new but the machine is getting slower and
Is it possible to replace the motherboard and expect windows7 to jump
into life with a new younger and faster hart or am I doomed to the
nightmare of having to do a new install?
Anyone on here tried it?
the most noticeable thing is that if you are RAM limited and cant hold
every program you might want in RAM permanently, *they* load up a lot
faster as well.
I haven't checked out swap speed up, but that to must be fairly massive
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On Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:17:39 +0100, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
IIRC you are advised to avoid swapping on an SSD as this ups the wear and
shortens the service life.
If you are running out of RAM and can't get any more in, then the system
is probably not suited to the workload.
I know that back in the day swapping/paging was necessary because of the
high cost of memory, but these days you should be able to run most things
without having to swap.
There was a period when XP systems ran into glue because they were sold
with 521 KB and worked fine until creeping bloat filled all the memory.
At that point, upgrading to 1 GB suddenly speeded the system up again.
These days you need more - my system is using 4.1 GB of the 6 GB available
but this is probably due to me having a large number of tabs open in
The big gain is in application and library load times rather than boot
time. Yes boot is faster, but you don't do that nearly as often. Having
Word etc load in around 0.5 secs each time you open a doc soon adds up
to a big saving in your time. PS CS5.1 x64 loads in 3 secs. Firefox in
under 1 sec etc.
Aren't they just best thing I ever did was to fir a SSD, machine now
positively flies even using the much derided winders 7 Pro..
That and 100 meg broadband, anything elsewhere I have to use feels
rather tardy by comparison...
On Monday, 20 April 2015 15:51:42 UTC+1, The Natural Philosopher wrote:
I believe that most Linux OSs are immune to fragmentation. I gather Microso
ft is always in need of a defrag. I presume the OP has already tried physic
ally cleaning the machine to stop over heating and thae various other trick
s to speed upi things like gettng a second drive.
Filling a drive if it's your only drive is rather silly but the OP is a Mic
You're wrong on that last. I don't bother to defrag and since the
main machine is the PVR now, that is potentially the worst situation
for fragmentation, very large files with very little free space with new
very large files written daily.
And fragmentation won't be the reason for the slowdown anyway.
It's very unlikely to be that either.
That makes no difference now either. It was only ever relevant when
there wasn't enough physical ram so the system was swapping all the
time with drives that didn't seek very fast with lousy thruput.
Have you tried any of the usual things - cleaning up old install files
from Windows Update and the like?
Windows gradually clogs up and slows down without some housekeeping now
Have you looked at the Performance Monitor to confirm that it is the
processor which is being over used? It may be some other component.
*If you have a lot of spare CPU capacity then a faster processor may not
solve your problems.
*If you are running out of memory (and therefore swapping to disc) then
more memory may solve your problem.
*If your disc is being maxed out then (as already suggested) a faster HDD
or an SSD could solve your problem.
For specific advice it would help us if you told us what mother board and
processor you currently have, what memory (amount, type, speed), which HDD
and how much free space.
If you change mother board Microsoft will regard that as a new computer -
so you will have to re-authenticate your OS. So you will need the licence
key. I haven't personally re-authenticated a Windows system but I
understand that it can be done.
Product activation (most notably on MS Office from 2002 on, and Windows
from XP on) will often notice that the the mobo has been changed and
require that you reactivate. Normally if some time (several months) has
passed since the last time it was activated, then it will often
reactivate over the internet without any further problem.
Sometimes however it might refuse and you will need to phone MS.
Sometimes the phone based automated activation will then pass it. Other
times you may have to go as far as a real person.
What happens then depends on what you say, and what you are activating.
In the case of an OEM version of windows (i.e. not one bought at retail)
you are in effect in violation of the terms if you are simply
"upgrading" a machine - since that in effect is a "new" machine, and OEM
copies are supposed to die with the hardware they were shipped on. The
exception to this rule is if you are repairing a machine under warranty.
So explaining that you have just repaired a customers machine with a new
motherboard etc, will normally get them to reactivate.
With retail versions you normally just need to assure them that you only
have less than the licensed number of installed copies already, and they
(Note with Office 2013 when it was first released they quietly dropped
the retail license terms - forcing OEM terms on all copies. However
after a bit of an outcry they backed away from this and the PKC versions
(i.e. medialess boxes just with a key card) can be reactivated under
retail style licensing now.
In the case of many machines you can simply use the number on the CoA
sticker. If you need to recover keys then there are various utils out
there like magical jelly bean and produ key that will recover the
original key from the installation.
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