In Progress Laptop is very slow to startup. Cant find the problem

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PCHF Member
Jun 15, 2020
My Lenovo laptop is very slow to start. It loads windows fine but then it takes an hour to be of any use. I think something is running in the background but I cant figure out what it is. A mouse click anywhere hangs for 5-10 seconds until it gets up and running properly.
Ive looked in task manager etc but cannot find the issue as yet.
The laptop is maybe 5 years old, was never lightning fast but is painfully slow now.
Any help or pointers appreciated


Support Team
Jul 22, 2016
So other can assist lets get a speccy report.

Do not forget to post the make and model of the PSU if this is a desktop.

Download then run Speccy (free) and post the resultant url for us, details here, this will provide us with information about your computer hardware + any software that you have installed that may explain the present issue/s.

To publish a Speccy profile to the Web:

In Speccy, click File, and then click Publish Snapshot.

In the Publish Snapshot dialog box, click Yes to enable Speccy to proceed.

Speccy publishes the profile and displays a second Publish Snapshot. You can open the URL in your default browser, copy it to the clipboard, or close the dialog box.


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Support Team
Oct 8, 2017
Yeppoon, QLD, Australia.
the hard drive SMART values look OK.
the drive's capacity is down to 20% so you may want to start cleaning that up.
there are quiet a few scheduled tasks to perform at startup, so stopping those may help.
also starting in Safe Mode will test that as they don't get started then.
your BIOS hasn't been updated in 6 years, see if there is a newer one for your motherboard.
it used to have McAfee, so make sure it has been uninstalled.

the processor came out the end of 2013 and is only 1.7GHz, so yeah, as you said, it would never have been a fast unit.
I think that factor, age and the stuff listed above are all adding up a t bit of a perfect storm for the old girl.

personally, to breathe new life into it, I'd be swapping out the drive for a solid state drive and reloading Windows anew.
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Support Team
Jul 22, 2016
4.00GB Single-Channel DDR3
Memory Usage: 81 %
Total Physical: 3.92 GB
Available Physical: 737 MB

something in your system is eating RAM and leaving nothing for the programs to run.

Suggest getting a matching RAM to have the system running Dual Channel and not Single Channel. Which can also sometimes cut the speed of the ram in half as well which is why you should always use RAM in pairs.

If you do not use it disable Hibernation
Open an Admin Command Prompt
powercfg.exe /hibernate off

To uninstall the left overs of McAfee