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 ====== Slow PC ====== ====== Slow PC ======
  
-This page is going to be a "work in progress" for a while.  Why? Analysis of a Slow PC can expose more than one contributor to a slow PC.  Using Windows Task Manager is usually an important part of analysis+This page is going to be a "work in progress" for a while. Why? Analysis of a Slow PC can expose more than one contributor to a slow PC. Using Windows Task Manager is usually a first step during analysis
  
 ===== HD (Hard Drive) or SSD (Solid State Drive) and Slow PC ===== ===== HD (Hard Drive) or SSD (Solid State Drive) and Slow PC =====
  
-For many years PC's were delivered with a Hard Drive. The electrical mechanical components in a HD contribute significantly, to the slowness of booting, loading a program and updates. In recent years computers are available with SSD. SSD is dramatically faster than HD. Computers with a HD can exhibit siginficant improvements in, booting, loading a program and updates, if the HD is replaced with an SSD. SSD costs have dropped significantly. If your computer is slow, an SSD upgrade will be easier on you bank account than a new computer. Today (June 4, 2019) a 250gb SSD could be purchased for less than $60. It is not unusual for a new PC or laptop to exceed $400.+For many years PC's were delivered with a Hard Drive. The electrical mechanical components in a HD contribute significantly, to the slowness of booting, loading a program and updates. In recent years computers are available with SSD. SSD is dramatically faster than HD. Computers with a HD can exhibit significant improvements in, booting, loading a program and updates, if the HD is replaced with an SSD. SSD costs have dropped significantly. If your computer is slow, an SSD upgrade will be easier on you bank account than a new computer. Today (June 4, 2019) a 250 GB SSD could be purchased for less than $60. It is not unusual for a new PC or laptop to exceed $400.  Now it is August 23, 2019 and a 250 GB SSD can be purchased for less than $40.
  
 ===== Analysis ===== ===== Analysis =====
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 If the PC will get to the point of letting you log in, then the next step might be: If the PC will get to the point of letting you log in, then the next step might be:
  
-Observe what the PC is doing with the Task Manager. The Task Manager is like the dash board of a car. It can indicate what part of the PC is overheating or running low on resources. Here is some knowlege about [[https://www.lifewire.com/task-manager-2626025|Task Manager]].+Observe what the PC is doing with the [[https://www.lifewire.com/task-manager-2626025|Task Manager]]. The [[https://www.lifewire.com/task-manager-2626025|Task Manager]] is like the dash board of a car. It can indicate what part of the PC is overheating or running low on resources. Here is another reference for[[https://www.howtogeek.com/405806/windows-task-manager-the-complete-guide/Windows Task Manage]]r. 
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 +If you need to "drill down" or develop a deeper understanding of a single program, the [[https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/28/a-detailed-windows-resource-monitor-guide/|Windows Resource Monitor]], offers additional features.
  
 Things the Help Center volunteers frequently discover with the Task Manager are: Things the Help Center volunteers frequently discover with the Task Manager are:
  
   - Multiple instances of antivirus programs. Typically they all want to do similar activities at system boot time, and the result is a lot of resource consumption that degrades the user experience. The typical solution is: uninstall the extra antivirus programs.   - Multiple instances of antivirus programs. Typically they all want to do similar activities at system boot time, and the result is a lot of resource consumption that degrades the user experience. The typical solution is: uninstall the extra antivirus programs.
-  - The system is configured to invoke/start unnecessary programs at system boot. The solution. Disable the unnecessary programs at boot time. One tool that facilitates this action is the [[https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns|autoruns program from Sysinternals.com]]+  - The system is configured to invoke/start unnecessary programs at system boot. The solution. Disable the unnecessary programs at boot time. One tool that facilitates this action is the [[https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns|autoruns program from Sysinternals.com.]] 
 +  - The Windows Task Manager also has a Tab labeled Startup, that allows enabling and disabling programs that start at boot time.
  
 ===== How do you invoke the Task Manger? ===== ===== How do you invoke the Task Manger? =====
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 ===== Now What? ===== ===== Now What? =====
  
-You should see something like this: //**I need to figure out how to capture and import an image**.//+You should see something like this:
  
-Make sure the "Process" tab is selected. Now you should see columns for CPU, Memory, Disk and Network. If the system is SLOW then one of those columns probably indicate something close to 100%. A system that is //**not**  //exhibiting slow behaviourtypically indicates values below 10%. It is not uncommon for just a couple of programs to be contributing to high utilization of CPU or Disk.+//{{:computerclub:helpcenter:capture.png?nolink&2361x1039|Task Manager}}// 
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 +Make sure the "Process" tab is selected. Now you should see columns for CPU, Memory, Disk and Network. If the system is SLOW then one of those columns probably indicate something close to 100%. A system that is //**not**  //exhibiting slow behaviorusually indicates values below 10% for CPU and DISK. It is not uncommon for just a couple of programs to be contributing to high utilization of CPU or Disk.
  
 ===== Tell Task Manager to sort on CPU or Disk ===== ===== Tell Task Manager to sort on CPU or Disk =====
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 Clicking on the **Disk**  column will sort the columns based on Disk utilization. The Process using the most Disk resource will be at the top of the list. Clicking on the column again will reverse the sort order. Clicking on the **Disk**  column will sort the columns based on Disk utilization. The Process using the most Disk resource will be at the top of the list. Clicking on the column again will reverse the sort order.
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 +Most performance problems exhibit high disk consumption.  Why?   HD (Hard Drives) are most often the neck of the funnel, when it comes to getting something done on a computer.   There are times when a computer does not have enough memory, and it starts "swapping" to the hard drive, but that is not what we typically see in the Help Center.
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 +===== Windows Resource Monitor =====
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 +A next step in developing an understanding of "what is my computer doing" might include Windows Resource Monitor. Resource Monitor can provide more details about what resources an individual process is consuming. If you want to see all the servers that one web page needs, use Resource Monitor. The internet is truly a //**web**//  on dependencies.
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 +Here is one item about [[https://www.ghacks.net/2017/12/28/a-detailed-windows-resource-monitor-guide/|Windows Resource Monitor]]
  
 ===== References: ===== ===== References: =====
  
-Do a google search for: "troubleshooting with task manager".+Do a Google search for: "troubleshooting with task manager".
  
 [[https://www.pcworld.com/article/224448/windows_task_manager_troubleshooting_tips.html|Windows 7 Task Manager]] [[https://www.pcworld.com/article/224448/windows_task_manager_troubleshooting_tips.html|Windows 7 Task Manager]]
  
-An alternative to Windows Task Manager is [[https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon|Sysinternals Procmon]]. Procmon has additional features.+An alternative to Windows Task Manager is [[https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer|Sysinternals Process Explore]]rProcess Explorer has additional features. The [[https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/procmon|Sysinternals Process Monitor utility]] is a more powerful tool for analyzing "why does my computer boot so slow?".
  
  
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