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    I installed W7 Pro 64 Bits about 1 month ago. For 3 weeks response to the mouse clicks were what I would expect and about or a bit better than my loaded Win XP system. The last week or so, responses have been very slow. I usually have to click the mouse several times and wait for a response. Wait time can be 10-20 seconds. Not a good situation.

    It's very rare I get a normal response.

    I ran Register Mechanic, compacted the Register and rebooted. Response time did improve considerably for a couple hours or so.

    It would seem the Register is not as efficient in W7 as in XP. I say this because in W7 I can run Register Mechanic every day and have 10-12 items that need repair and the percentage of the register is quite high as compared to XP. In W7 it's usually 10% to 25%. In XP it has never been above 1% to 2% and I go much longer between register compactions.

    Any suggestions???

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    It sounds like something is tying up your system resources. Have you opened Task Manager and noted the CPU usage? Right click the taskbar, open Task Manager and check CPU usage (at the bottom). If it's consistenetly high, say over 20%, look at the processes tab and see what specific process is hogging CPU time. I've had similar slow down instances where an antivirus scan would continue to run and hog all my resources.


    Just found this in another post...
    In Fred's latest commentary he advises getting to the Task Manager in Win7 (and Vista) with CTL-ALT-DEL, then clicking 'Task Manager"

    A faster, safer and more elegant way is to hit CTL-SHIFT-ESC. Takes you right there.

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    Try downloading sysinternals process explorer (Google it and download from Microsofts site) and see if something is running that shouldn't be, or is eating up CPU time. Would also consider a system restore back to when it was working. Also might want to run a Malware scan.

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    The problem is likely not with your registry. You shouldn't have to run a registry cleaner on a daily basis. I never ran them on my XP machines and never experienced anything more than barely noticeable slow downs, and that was over a period of 4 years on one of my laptops. Personally I would not worry about "errors" that Registry Mechanic is reporting.

    Looking at your processor utilization was already suggested. Go through your services list and disable non-essential and unused services. You can also download a copy of AutoRuns to examine exactly what your machine is loading on startup. Still, I'm thinking your best bet is to update your drivers. It is very likely a video or other driver that is misbehaving. You should review each device one a time and look for updated drivers. Make sure to create a restore point before each update you make.
    Chuck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck De La Rosa View Post
    The problem is likely not with your registry. You shouldn't have to run a registry cleaner on a daily basis. I never ran them on my XP machines and never experienced anything more than barely noticeable slow downs, and that was over a period of 4 years on one of my laptops. Personally I would not worry about "errors" that Registry Mechanic is reporting.

    Looking at your processor utilization was already suggested. Go through your services list and disable non-essential and unused services. You can also download a copy of AutoRuns to examine exactly what your machine is loading on startup. Still, I'm thinking your best bet is to update your drivers. It is very likely a video or other driver that is misbehaving. You should review each device one a time and look for updated drivers. Make sure to create a restore point before each update you make.
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I use sysinternals process explorer. I tie it to the Task Master. I like it better than Windows task master.

    I normally don't run Register Mechanic very often. Probably once every month. But when I'm trouble shooting I often do a lot of things I wouldn't normally do very often.

    I found the problem. It was the mouse. The first mouse was an old one. The second one was a wireless. I tried a new PS2 type mouse and W7 worked find. The fact that the wireless did the same thing, threw me off.

    Thanks for your assistance.

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    Registry Mechanic (and the host of other similar utilities) are a total waste of time and effort. Even if there were a thousand 'broken' links in the Registry, they would have absolutely no impact on Windows performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Shoaf View Post
    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I use sysinternals process explorer. I tie it to the Task Master. I like it better than Windows task master.

    I normally don't run Register Mechanic very often. Probably once every month. But when I'm trouble shooting I often do a lot of things I wouldn't normally do very often.

    I found the problem. It was the mouse. The first mouse was an old one. The second one was a wireless. I tried a new PS2 type mouse and W7 worked find. The fact that the wireless did the same thing, threw me off.

    Thanks for your assistance.
    Wow, that's great! And I'll bet its a big relief too.
    Chuck

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