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  • First off, here are the specs of the machine in question: Dell vostro 1520 laptop, Windows 7 SP1, 1 gb Ram, intel celeron 900 2.2ghz processor, on board gfx. 

    I'm sorry this is not in the correct category, but I couldn't find general windows 7 issues. I recently performed a format and clean install of Windows 7 on my laptop, as it was running very slowly and seemed to be a bit clogged up. I have done this before with good effects. I have been told that windows 7 would run slowly anyway, due to my laptop specs, but for the first two years I had it it was a lot faster than it currently is. 

    Anyhow, having performed the format and fresh installation, I now find that there are two problems. 1: processes running that take up 99-100% CPU and 50-100% memory, running as Svchost. The second is that running windows update leads to a never ending search for updates, no errors, no updates found, just endlessly searching. As such, I haven't been able to get any updates and am still running a completely unupdated service pack 1 with no security updates etc.

    I was told to manually download Windows .net framework 4 and install, it downloaded but then endlessly hung on the installation. Again, no errors, just a progress bar that never moves. At least, I gave up after 5 hours. I have never had these issues before, but it's infuriating as I cannot seem to do anything to move forward, and restarting the computer or reinstalling the OS again has yielded no results. 

    I know it's an old laptop, but I just need it to function properly. I'm sure there is some malicious malware, or a root kit, or something that is managing to survive the format, but I don't know how to identify it to get rid of it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Tuesday, February 16, 2016 5:55 PM


  • Most likely your problem is that there simply is not enough RAM in the system to run Windows 7 with SP1 at anything like its potential capability.

    The Minimum RAM for Windows 7 was set at launch at 1GB - however it would really only run happily in 2GB. Since SP1 was released the need for 2GB RAM has become essentially a new minimum spec. Personally I wouldn't think of running even a Virtual Machine of WIndows 7 in less than 2GB RAM.

    Noel Paton | Nil Carborundum Illegitemi
    CrashFixPC | The Three-toed Sloth
    No - I do not work for Microsoft, or any of its contractors.

    Thursday, March 24, 2016 7:03 PM