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Why does it take so long for my Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX to startup?

By TVFielding ·
Why does it take so long to start up Windows 7 and my new Compaq Presario CQ56-115DX Notebook???

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by OH Smeg In reply to Why does it take so long ...

If this is a new out of the box unit the amount of installed RAM may be enough to run the unit but not to give it stellar performance so things like starting are slow and opening programs are not as fast as they can be.

Ideally with any Windows 7 System even a 32 Bit System you should have 4 GIG of RAM installed but this model comes standard with 2 GIG so it's going to be slower that it can be.

Also if you have not cleaned up the Crapware that came with the unit it's going to slow down both Booting Times and HDD access time so you need to remove the HP Installed Crap that you are not using that is left running all of the time.

They are the easy fixes and cheapest with the only expense being the coast of the RAM required to make this unit work as well as it can. Removing the Crapware is straight forward.

However if you have been using this for some time and it's now considerably slower than it used to be if you have been installing and or removing software the Registry is going to get badly messed up and need some attention. Also if you have not been running any Defrag Utilities the HDD will be heavily fragmented and not Cashing any Data to the HDD Cache which will slow things down even more. If the Read Write heads have to jump all over the drive to read a file things will be considerably slower than they need to be.

If the HDD is getting full and has less than 20% unused space the system will also be slower that it needs to be so without knowing what you have here it's hard to say anything more than Up the Memory to as much as the system will carry if you have a 64 Bit OS or 4 GIG if you have a 32 Bit OS and run a halfway decent Defraging Utility like Smart Defrag available free here

http://www.iobit.com/iobitsmartdefrag.html?Str=download

Of course if you have another defraging utility installed use that but you'll most likely need to run it several times to do as much as possible.

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