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Prolonged Windows 7 performance deterioration - after 18 months

#1 Post by TonyJZX » Fri Apr 07, 2017 4:11 am

I have a few laptops from T400-T420 and of various equivalent brands. I notice the longer you use them, the worse the performance gets.

Eg. one of my main laptops is a T420 w/8Gb and Samsung 850 EVO SSDs... obviously it was blazing fast at the start but with over a years worth of fairly regular use it doesnt feel so hot.

I also noticed this on my desktops which is something like Xeon E3/E5 16Gb ram SSDs but obviously it takes longer to get them to a bad state.

I thinking this is just installing uninstalling crap and the registry etc. getting filled with nonsense and the interminable updates.

I guess this is Windows 7...dont try to keep them running after 2yrs. Just burn the lot down and reinstall?

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Re: Prolonged Windows 7 performance deterioration - after 18 months

#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:01 am

Do you use software like CCleaner or Windows' own Disk Cleanup? SSD tweaks like periodic/weekly TRIM?
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#3 Post by MikalE » Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:03 am

I have had no slow downs or other problems with my T510's or my T520 with the EVO 850 drive. All of them use Windows 7 Pro except one T510 on Windows 10.

I use CCleaner and several other maintenance programs regularly and have never had any sort of a slow-down.
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Re: Prolonged Windows 7 performance deterioration - after 18 months

#4 Post by w0qj » Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:58 pm

1. Do you have the infamous Samsung EVO slowdown problem?
http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id- ... onths.html

2. We have a daily workhorse T410 with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit, and we observe no significant Win7 performance deterioration.
We use Samsung Pro-series SSD for above (1) reason, and for its Pro-series 10 year warranty.

BUT for good measure, what we did was this:
1) Did Product Recovery on T410
2) Fiddled Windows, Programs, and Desktop settings to exactly what we wish
3) ***Use Rescue & Recovery to save a snapshot image of your system, and revert back to this snapshot once every 1-2 years time. (Backup your data first!)

In general, if you install/uninstall many programs on your computer, Windows slows down and becomes slightly less stable, as the Registry does not fully revert upon (badly written) program uninstalls.

Good luck!
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Re: Prolonged Windows 7 performance deterioration - after 18 months

#5 Post by serpico » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:27 pm

After a fresh install, I install several must-have apps and then image the operating system partition.

When the computer starts feeling sluggish, which is inevitable on Windows systems, I'll restore the image and install whatever apps I need that aren't already baked into the image.
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