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    Britgeezer, thanks for actually completing my partial description of identifying the currently installed drivers, which I did, and then compare that to what currently exists for driver versions, which you did, in order to discover what new driver versions exist.

    Also, you reminded me of what I knew from the start, that the Windows 7 installation dgb27 has most likely has all the programs from the two other board's disks still installed.

    dgb27, it is common for programs to automatically run themselves when a PC boots, but are run in the "background", which means their user interface is not running (you don't see the program running) but they are partially running and when you do "run" them yourself, they are available faster, you don't wait for them very long. But those programs running in the background still use some system resources, which can affect how all programs run.

    Now consider that you have programs for your previous Gigabyte board still installed and probably running in the background. Since they are designed to work with a different board than the ASRock board you have now, they cannot possibly work correctly and are of no use to you anymore. Those programs may keep trying to work with the board they were designed to work with, but fail to various degrees, causing errors and are using system resources for no good reason. Will that slow down a PC? Yes it does.

    You need to go into the Windows Programs and Features option in Control Panel, and see what programs are installed. Anything that has Gigabyte in its name or description is worthless with your ASRock board. Those programs should be uninstalled, and then restart the PC to be sure that they are no longer running.

    Actually you should be careful doing that, just in case. If you could post a screen shot of what you have in Programs and Features, we could determine what should be removed.

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    Parsec, thanks for your response. I cannot get the upload images function to work. I tried dragging and dropping, which did work, but when I clicked on the "submit reply" button, it did not send my message with the images inserted. I have carefully looked through the Windows list of programs and cannot see anything that relates to the original or Gigabyte MB.
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    Parsec, I tried again to upload the screenshots. I managed to get the second one, but not the others. I hope it displays OK. I will keep trying to up load the others.
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    Hopefully No. 3 attached.
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    No. 4 attached.
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    Last image.
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    Not to worry, you provided the information we wanted about the programs... and in one way I must say so much for that theory. I also don't see anything that can be attributed to a Gigabyte board, which I suspect was also the first board you had.

    You have mainly personal software, which is fine of course. I was surprised to not see any of the ASRock utilities which I assumed would install when you did the "Install All" option with the ASRock's board disk.

    Some comments, that are just that, not definitive statements that something is wrong. I see at least three anti-virus or malware programs installed, if they are all running they might use a lot of resources.

    You actually have only a few non-default drivers installed, the Intel IME, your video card driver, the Realtek audio and LAN chip drivers. But that is normal since there aren't many specific drivers to be installed for most boards.

    The only driver you don't have installed that might help with disk IO performance is the Intel Rapid Storage Technology driver and utility, which is both an AHCI and RAID driver. Otherwise, the Intel IME components driver will not help with general PC performance, nor will the Realtek audio and LAN drivers. The video driver is in that category too.

    What I do see from your list of programs is a family type PC, one that is shared and used for many purposes. That's great, but I get the feeling most of those programs are being run when the PC boots, whether they are used or not.

    Since you have CCleaner installed, run that and go to the Tools section, and select the Startup option. That will then list all the programs that are run automatically but in the background whenever Windows boots. That is an option Windows provides for programs, and can help speed up the starting of a program, but is not a perfect system. If most of your installed personal programs run in the background all the time, and you have many such programs (you do), that can reduce performance.

    You don't need to list them for us, but just let us know how many are listed there.

    Another thing you can check is the load on the PC. Start Task Manager and click on the Performance tab. The CPU and Disk 0 usage are the main ones to check, for the usage percentage. Also check the Memory usage, in case you are using most of it for some reason, which can cause a performance reduction.

    Click on the Processes tab and scroll down to the Background processes list. It's normal to have several dozen listed, about how many do you have?

    You listed one disk drive in that PC, is that all you have? How much free space does it have? Been defragmented lately?

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    Parsec, I have six programs running at Startup, including Bitdefender, Super Antispyware Pro, CCleaner and WinPatrol. I checked the Task Manager performance tab. The CPU usage fluctuates between 16% and 30%. Memory usage is fairly steady on 2.8. I have one 8Mb RAM stick. There are 24 background processes listed.

    I have a 1GB HDD in two partitions. C:\ has the OS, programs, etc and is 307GB (253GB free). I:\ has personal files and games and is 624GB (507GB free). There is a small 100MB System Reserved partition. I used to use a freeware disk defragmentation program, but recently opted for the automated inbuilt Windows one, which is scheduled to run once a week. I just checked the state of fragmentation and the program indicates 0%.

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