I have a intel core i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.2 GHZ windows 7
my computer is not that slow only when it start-up.
i was thinking if adding more RAM would make it faster or any other think that i could do to make it faster?
I have already made some changes to the program in startup in misconfig.
Adding RAM is usually, but not always, the easiest way to speed up a computer. But there are other ways to speed up a computer.
What To Think Of When A Computer Is Running Slowly
I assume that you are running an up-to-date anti-virus. What part of the computer is slow? Do you mean it takes forever to boot, too long to surf the web or is just generally slow? There are many possibilities. These are the most common causes of a slow computer and their solutions.
1. Do you have enough hard drive space?
Press Win key-E, and click on This PC, you will see a thermometer gauge under the C drive. You can also right-click on the C drive and select Properties for more information. At least 10% (better 20%) of your hard drive should be unused. If lack of free space is a problem, you have a choice between eliminating unwanted programs or files or installing a larger hard drive. Windows needs free space to function properly. This one problem alone will slow a computer to a crawl. You can easily clone (not copy) your existing hard drive onto a new and larger HD using the free version of Clonezilla or Macrium Reflect Free.
2. What is in the Start Up group?
Many programs install themselves in the start up group enabling them to load faster at the expense of constantly using computer memory and CPU resources. CCleaner, Tools, Startup will tell you what is running and also gives you the chance to right-click on the program and select disable, which does not uninstall the program but prevents it from loading every time you start the computer. You will still be able to run this program any time that you want. If you encounter a file that you are unfamiliar with, and you will, Google it to see what others say about it and if it is safe to disable.
3. Do you have enough RAM? (You may not see any improvement if you already have 8 gig)
Right click on Computer or This PC on the Desktop and select Properties. Memory is cheap and easy to install, even on a laptop. Go to www.crucial.com and have it scan your computer to see exactly what memory your PC uses and to see how much it would cost to upgrade. (If your video card does not have adequate on-board video RAM, Windows will use system RAM for this purpose which reduces the amount available for Windows and other applications.)
4. Have you run the free versions of both Malwarebytes and CCleaner recently?
These will clean out a lot of crap and malware on your computer and free up hard drive space. Also, run Belarc Advisor to get a list of exactly what hardware and software is on your computer. Print it and save it since it records the product keys necessary to reinstall some of the software if this ever becomes necessary.
5. If IE or Firefox is very slow opening pages, go to Help and select "Start without add-ons" and see if this speeds things up. If it does, go to Tools, Manage Add-ons and disable all add-ons and enable them one at a time until you find which ones are slowing down the browser. Also, uninstall unused search engines and other toolbars. Simply not using them is not enough.
What Not To Do:
Don't use anything called an optimizer or registry editor except the one in CCleaner. Especially avoid any program that finds thousands of "errors" on your hard drive that you can only remove by buying their software.
EDIT: You have a 2nd generation chip that was introduced in the 4th qtr of 2011. 6th generation chips are available today. Don't expect blazing speeds from this old chip.
Modern hard drives do not need to be defragged.
Nope. RAM is laregely a non-issue. Most users don't need more than 8GB of these days, most everyday users can get by with 4GB, and the really frugal can use 2GB.
The real issue is hard drive – they are limited in speed by the way they work. They work kinda like a vinyl record, or a CD. When they read data, it can be scattered across the disk, so if one program is in one part of the disk and another program is stored in another part, the read head has to glide across the disk, and wait for the disk to spin to the right spot (this process is called "seeking"). This is over simplifying, but basically hard drives are slow. Upgrading to an SSD would be the best performance upgrade right now, and shouldn't be too expensive if you don't need a lot of space.
If you don't want to upgrade the hard drive, there are things you can do to reduce load times. Defragmenting tries to consolidate fragmented (or broken up) files and relocate them on the disk so there is less "seeking".
You can also reduce the number of programs that start up on boot. You can do this by going to run (Win+R), "MSConfig" and go to the startup tab, and untick the programs that you don't need when you first start your computer.
Both of these are the simplest and easiest ways to reduce start up times for free. It won't be SSD fast, but it will be an improvement.
On a related note: if you get an SSD, there is no need to defragment the drive – SSD's don't "seek" data the same way Hard drives do, so there won't be a performance gain, and so defragmenting on a SSD just puts wear and tear.
Use an SSD as the main booting drive. The computer will boot very quickly. Extra RAM on this machine will not change much in the start up process.
8GB RAM is plenty of RAM
Check your start up to see what programs are loading on startup. More than likely there are plenty that can be deleted from start up.
Run your anti-malware and anti-virus programs to clear any infection
no 8gb is more than enough to startup with no bottle necking
remove some start up programs
get a ssd and install your os on it this will speed up start times a WHOLE LOT
get a better cpu
thats just about all you can do
if you have a modern anti-virus it will scan the memory and parts of the disk on startup which makes it appear slow