16 gigs of RAM and still as slow as molasses
May 4, 2014 3:25 PM Subscribe
My computer mysteriously started running slower than molasses. Please tell me possibilities as to why!
posted by Zelos to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I feel like I ask a lot of computer questions here, sigh.
I have a preassembled desktop from CyberpowerPC. 16 gb of RAM, Windows 8.1. It's about a year old. I don't have the processor and other specs off the top of my head, but it is a proper gaming PC, so it runs pretty fast normally.
Yesterday night my computer was fine, I turned it off like normal. This morning I unplugged it, took it outside for a compressed air dusting, and came back in (I made sure all the plugs were seated). Then the following happened:
-It booted normally to desktop, but was super slow--I clicked the start button (I have ClassicShell installed) and it wouldn't even load the dialogue box. I did a hard restart.
-Win 8 normally boots very quickly, but this time it lagged at the teal windows logo for ages, enough that I thought it froze. Another hard restart.
-Same as above, only this time I let it run, and it finally loaded to the user menu and I logged in. But again, so slow it was nonresponsive.
-Popped in CyberpowerPC's Win 8 CD to disc drive. Could not boot from disk drive...system just skipped past it and went to hard drive again. Huh.
-Popped the disc into an USB disc drive and booted from it. Slowly boots to my Windows 8 disc.
-System repair didn't help (and the diagnostic took forever!)
-System restore failed on the first restore point (from yesterday, which reported there was an Windows Update installed). As in, it didn't even try, it just didn't work.
-System restore to an earlier restore point (April 29) ran, but at the end it said it failed on a specific file in E. E is normally my backup hard drive that's flaky lately (It disappeared from Windows yesterday and then reappeared, and was kind of iffy about loading files from it; I think it's due to the SATA cable), BUT the recovery dialogue box called E "system" (normally in windows my system drive is C). So I think the repair tools reassign the drive letters? I saw one called X which I don't normally see.
-Every time I boot from my Windows disc it is staggeringly slow. I know these things tend to be kind of slow, but we're talking 5 minutes here. The dialogue screens within the system tools are quick and responsive, however.
-When it exited the system restore, I I think it tried to do a system diagnostic from PC (not from the disc), which also took forever, so I took a shower. When it came back, I got the option (finally) to go to the system tools via PC, not via the disc. From there, I had the option to boot to safe mode from the first time.
-Tried the safe mode option. I managed to get to the login screen (after taking forever), logged in...and the screen changed from my red login screen to black...and then after the entire time I spent typing this up, finally booted to safe mode (5+ minutes at least??)
I'm kind of at a loss here. I'm not even sure if the problem is "Windows won't boot" or "Windows will boot but take 100x the amount of time than is normal to get there".
I don't think the drives themselves are corrupted, but my backup drive is about a month old (haven't been backing up as regularly as I should, plus I think the SATA cable is flaky as of about last night). I have some files on my system drive's desktop that I would rather not lose although they're not critical. I THINK this is a software issue, given that system restore detected a Windows update yesterday? Could this be hardware? Should I start pulling RAM sticks?
Also worth noting that I don't have a recent system recovery USB stick or disc. The computer came with a Windows 8 disc, so I never worried about making another one...but now that I'm having problems, I realized I never made another recovery disc/USB stick since I upgraded to Windows 8.1. I'm not sure this would matter...I could try to make another recovery USB stick at work tomorrow, but my computer there is Windows 8 and not 8.1. Also not sure how a different Windows 8's recovery usb will work on my computer.
Thoughts and help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.