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Windows 7 is apparently running slow?

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May 23, 2013 8:23:57 AM

So I've had my gaming pc for over a month now and its been great. However this certain message came up twice in that lifespan saying something like "windows is running slowly, recommend changing to windows 7 basic theme instead of aero theme." Both times I clicked that I want to keep it as the Aero theme. But I'm wondering, what is causing this message to pop up. The computer is actually running perfectly fine. To give some more info I have everything updated and I have eight gigabytes of ram.

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a b $ Windows 7
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 8:28:29 AM

If the machine had not been restarted in weeks, it is possible that memory "leaks" had reduced available system resources enough to make Windows moan about it.
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May 23, 2013 8:33:37 AM

Onus said:
If the machine had not been restarted in weeks, it is possible that memory "leaks" had reduced available system resources enough to make Windows moan about it.


So you're saying if the computer isn't turned on regularly then this message will pop up. If that's the case that must be the reason because I don't have as much time as I want to game so I only use t 2-4 times a week. Is there a way to fix these memory "leaks" and gain these system resources back?
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May 23, 2013 8:38:27 AM

Onus said:
If the machine had not been restarted in weeks, it is possible that memory "leaks" had reduced available system resources enough to make Windows moan about it.


also is this a huge problem, because like I said, the computer seems to be working just fine.
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May 23, 2013 8:47:38 AM

I get this regularly after playing civ 5.I think that it is the way the game has been programmed that causes this.The first time it happened I checked my machine speed and it was perfectly ok.I think all you can do is what you have done.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 8:50:25 AM

This problem only manifests if the machine is left on all the time. If you have it mostly off, but only turn it on for a few hours at a time, memory "leaks" are not likely to be your problem. Are you using a SSD as your boot drive, or a mechanical disk? If you are using a mechanical disk, you might turn off the swap file, reboot, defrag the hard drive, then reset the swap file.
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May 23, 2013 8:53:43 AM

Onus said:
This problem only manifests if the machine is left on all the time. If you have it mostly off, but only turn it on for a few hours at a time, memory "leaks" are not likely to be your problem. Are you using a SSD as your boot drive, or a mechanical disk? If you are using a mechanical disk, you might turn off the swap file, reboot, defrag the hard drive, then reset the swap file.


I use a mechanical disk, a Western Digital Caviar Blue 1 TB at 7200 rpm. How exactly do I do this procedure you wrote down and what will it do, it won't negatively affect my PC right?
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a b $ Windows 7
a b 4 Gaming
May 23, 2013 9:11:55 AM

If your swap file has become corrupted, that procedure will rebuild it. As makkem suggested, some games (and other software) contains bugs that may step on something. Restarting the PC will fix that.
The swap file is configured in the Performance Settings of the machine. Some programs won't work correctly if there is no swap file, so you should have one even if you have plenty of RAM. You'll just be temporarily getting rid of it, then rebuilding a new swap file.
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May 23, 2013 9:19:42 AM

Onus said:
If your swap file has become corrupted, that procedure will rebuild it. As makkem suggested, some games (and other software) contains bugs that may step on something. Restarting the PC will fix that.
The swap file is configured in the Performance Settings of the machine. Some programs won't work correctly if there is no swap file, so you should have one even if you have plenty of RAM. You'll just be temporarily getting rid of it, then rebuilding a new swap file.


OK but how do I create a swap file. Sorry I'm not being very helpful here, I'm just not that knowledgeable on computers.
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