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Computer slows down to a crawl after windows updates

My computer (Acer Aspire 5600 Centrino Duo Core) ran fast out of the box. As soon as a windows update was automotically added it slowed everything to a crawl and the restore function wouldn;t work. I had to wipe out the hard drive and resinstall everything.

After that It seemed to work fine until I used the acer E-power for a presentation. When I was done, I put the computer on standby and when I tried to restart it slowed to a crawl again. The restore function would not work again.

I wiped the hard drive clean and reinstalled everything again. What is the solution? Just not update window?

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  • adviceman66 Oct 28, 2008

    My computer (Acer Aspire 5600 Centrino Duo Core) ran fast out of the box. As soon as a windows update was automotically added it slowed everything to a crawl and the restore function wouldn't work. I had to wipe out the hard drive and resinstall everything.

    After that It seemed to work fine until I used the Acer E-power for a presentation. When I was done, I put the computer on standby and when I tried to restart it slowed to a crawl again. The restore function would not work again.

    I wiped the hard drive clean and reinstalled everything again. What is the solution? Just not allow automatic updates for XP windows?

    How can I select the updates I need and not ones that slow down my computer?

  • adviceman66 Oct 28, 2008

    My computer (Acer Aspire 5600 Centrino Duo Core) ran fast out of the box. As soon as a windows update was automotically added it slowed everything to a crawl and the restore function wouldn;t work. I had to wipe out the hard drive and resinstall everything.

    After that It seemed to work fine until I used the acer E-power for a presentation. When I was done, I put the computer on standby and when I tried to restart it slowed to a crawl again. The restore function would not work again.

    Is their some other way I can restore it to the status before the updates. I have tried to uninstall the updates but it is still too slow.

  • adviceman66 Oct 28, 2008

    I have stopped the automatic updates. Now how do I restore the speed?

  • adviceman66 Oct 29, 2008

    The system idle process is taking all the cpu usage.

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Try to set a system restore point before installing a device driver. ... http://wareseeker.com/free-aspire-3000-vga-drivers/


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The system idle process is taking all the cpu usage.

That's how it should be--idle process means the cpu is idling. If you're not using it, it should be idling.

The bottom line is the System Idle Process by default. Below that in the frame, you'll see Process: xx CPU Usage: xx% (this is your 'actual' CPU usage, the only # you need to go by unless there is a problem) If it shows, say under 25% for the most part, you're in good shape and your system should be running fine, basically. Just typing this w/ FireFox w/ 10 tabs open, Foxit Reader with a 3.8MB file, my CPU Usage has varied from 1% to 14%--just noticed, one of my tabs is on Youtube and the 14% is when something changes there.

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Try going to Start>Run>msconfig and see what is running that is taking a lot of memory in case it is something else. You can stop anything that is taking a lot of memory and see if your computer starts to speed up.

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Go to START then Click on RUN and then type in msconfig and hit your Enter key or click on Ok. Then Click on the Startup tab and uncheck everything except you antivirus program (what ever one you use...I use AVG and it looks like this "avgtray") I do this on all my pc/ laptops and the speed is always there?.You can change the way you do you updates but I would not disable them?.Just change the setting on when you download them to soot your needs?..Good luck and let me know if helped cbinny1

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Use a registry cleaner, check Which Registry Cleaner

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There is some software conflict between your interface Acer ePower and your OS windows update.
I think that your Acer e Power system must be updated to avoid conflict with the OS.
Or not use that feature on your machine till you get a new version without conflicts.

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Restart your system. That will remove all traces of E-power still resident in the memory. To select the updates you wish to install, do this:
Go to Control Panel > Automatic Updates
Select the option that says "Notify me but dont automatically download or install them". Next time an update is available, you will get a prompt box at the lower right side of the screen that updates are available. Click on this balloon, and it will give you a list of updates available. Now you can select and download the updates you want.

Also keep in mind that TSR (teminate and stay resident) programs like Anti-virus software can also eat up memory and slow performance, especially when downloading updates. Another way to increase computer speed is to run a full system scan with your anti-virus software and defrag the hard drive regularly.

Hope that helps!

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Hello,

You will notice a green bar in the system tray where your digital clock is located. Double click this and you'll find a utility to add a power profile of your own. Set it to always run a full speed, or words to this effect. Acer has made it harder for you to up the speed of your CPU to save on battery life.

The Acer Epower slows down your CPU when it feels you need full throttle on the CPU. You can turn this feature off, so it never steps your CPU cycles back to a meager 700Megs per second from your probably 1.8GHz per second.

But, you should understand that it is this technology that is making your notebook run and feel slower. It is not anything you have done or can change. You could attempt to change the default by entering the system setup screen from a bootup utility. See below:

You normally access this by entering your System Bios, and then hunting for this utility in the setup pages. I work on a lot of laptops in my business and this is placed differently on every version of an Acer, so I can't point you to the exact page.

So, shut down your laptop, and from a cold start, press either Del, F2 or F10 to enter the system setup program. As the laptop boots, there is usually a hint on screen which button to tap to enter the system setup utility. Tap that keytop like a piano key. Once inside look for CPU Speed Stepping or the Aceer E Power settings and tick off a box that sets it to 'never' use speed stepping. Speed Stepping is what Intel calls this function.

Then, no matter what it is you are doing in Windows, your CPU should be operating at full power. Please note however that it has been noted that Acer has attempted to make it near impossible to change power saving modes while running on batteries. This is their attempt to provide you with extended battery life.

Any questions, just make a comment and we'll see that and respond in kind.

Regards,
Worldvet

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    Glenn Rogers Oct 28, 2008

    Now that your have Automatic Updates configured so you have control over this process. Go into the System Setup pages from a cold boot, there is a hint on screen as you boot to indicate which keytop, Del, F2 or F10 to tap to get into your system setup pages.

    It is in here, that you will find the ability to disable Epower while on A/C power. This is sometimes called CPU Stepping, which is what Intel calls it. Acer has made difficult to disable the speed stepping control while on batteries and its not a bad thing.

    You should note, there is nothing you have done to cause your CPU to slow down at times, this is how EPower works. The Windows Utility for this is in your Control Panel. Access that to setup up to three of your own power saving scenarios to regain control over your laptop. This alone is why your computer appears to run slow.

    There are also programs running in the background such as your anti virus program that can chew up CPU cycles. Today, McAfee is the worst, Norton is a close second. In any case, your laptop only arrived with a 3 month trial version of the anti virus program. Other and free programs are better and easy to find, I use Awil Avast 4 Home Edition which is free to use for home use. It covers all bases. Just realize there is no antivirus program that will catch all viruses all the time. What you want is one that doesn't take up a lot of memory and CPU cycles to protect you. Avast is hands off and why I install it on my PCs. It even tells you when its updated itself. There are a few others, just ask and we can give you links like www.avast.com.

    To reiterate: you have not done anything wrong. When you first use a new PC or laptop all sorts of programs update themselves as well as the Windows Search Index service. It is all these programs updating at once that have slowed your laptop to a crawl on first use. That's all. So, adjust the EPower Speed Stepping power saverr and reschedule Acer Updates, Windows Updates and Anti Virus updates so these don't harass your use when you want to use your laptop. Schedule these to run at night.

    Ask for further help if you need it.

    Regards,
    Worldvet


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After a fresh Windows re-install with updates works fine then crawls after using the Acer E-power application. Means that there's a part on the update that is conflicting with the application. E-power's vendor must fix that.

Doing the following will further determine what's causing what:

Get the computer to a crawling state and access the Task Manager and locate what's eating up the resources. Post that information back here.

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After installing the new windows u have to disable automatic updates because if u dont disable automatic updates it will keep on installing some or the new updates on its own each n every day.which can make your computer run very slow so disabling is the best option .After disabling auto matic updates it will show automatic updates is turned OFF and is computer is at risk,. just ignore this messages.

thanks.

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Yes, just disable auto up date. and this problem will stop. i have more than 3 PC's that are up and running the HP has the same issue you do so i disabled out up date and it runs fine now.

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Goto Start > Run .type services.msc and see if system restore service is running or not..also if you don't want windows update you can disable it using services.msc.

You can also disable system restore > Goto Control Panel > Right click on System and click properties.> Goto System Restore tab and disable it or enable it as you wish..

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    Also make changes to your startup items..



    Goto Start > Run > type 'msconfig' > Goto Startup tab > Now uncheck the items tha you think can create problems like E-power software and etc...



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Windows update can really slow down your computer sicne it will be installing alot of new software update for your computer and it will eat up some memory on your computer that will result to this problem . but having some windows update will be helpful to your computer and you have an option to select which update you want to install just install those needed updates for windows...

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After the re installation also if the computer is working slow. there could be some hardware issue.

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    Legin Varghese Oct 28, 2008

    Is E-Power the software that you use for your presentation?
    Try uninstall this software and try.
    clear the start up programs
    Let me know the status

    Thanks
    Kevin.


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    Legin Varghese Oct 29, 2008

    you want to restore you computer back to factory settings do the following steps:
    Click start>program> here you will get the program which will restore your computer.
    It should be named Acer E Recovery Management.
    It will give you the option to restore

    good luck

    Kevin



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