inherited a 6 month old laptop that is super slow. are the specs bad or is

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Agree with PP, there isn't much you can do thanks to the abysmal CPU.

Have had my fair share of laptops with the older low-end AMD processors, they just can't do much.

Great for a 5 or 6 year old kid that isn't into heavy gaming, or someone checking email, or writing a word document. Don't expect much from these things.

Rhcp1, sorry, but reinstalling Windows (modern... 7/8/10) isn't a fix for slowness in most cases. There is a reason things are slow, either due to hardware limitations, or because software has modified something it probably shouldn't have. The reinstall, if it ever speeds a machine up, just masks the root cause and will eventually return.
 

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I agree with both of y'all actually. If the laptop came with any extra bloatware a fresh install would relieve the minimal resources of that junk. These HPs my kids got had Mcafee and a few other things that caused slow downs. At the end of the day 16-32GB of RAM and a clean copy of Windows with extras disabled still didn't make these things fast. Only tolerable for those that don't know any better.
 

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That goes back to the idea of, "because software has modified something it probably shouldn't have". A lot of bloatware does things it just shouldn't do, probably why we call it bloatware today. Mcafee is... eww. How can they still be alive.
 

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Try doing a refresh and start new. Press windows key on keyboard, start typing settings, Go to change PC settings ( in windows 8/8.1 and 10 probably gives you the same option,) it will say "remove everything and reinstall windows" under the General tab

I had the same issue and it helped me. Thanks!
 
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