Laptop troubleshooting forum: Recently bought laptop running slowly

by: tobymcgrail September 11, 2011 8:20 PM PDT

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Recently bought laptop running slowly

by tobymcgrail - 9/11/11 8:20 PM

The laptop is an Asus X53E (3GB RAM, Intel i5 Processor) running on Windows 7.
I bought it two days ago and at first it was running fine but now it's taken a sharp downturn. I looked at the task manager performance tab and it seems that even when I haven't got any programmes opened the 'Physical Memory Usage' is being strained and there is no free memory.
Since getting the laptop I've downloaded/installed quite a few programmes but no more than I had on any desktop before (Firefox, Chrome, Skype, Football Manager 2011, AVG, Counter Strike: Source, Spotify) and I don't see why it is running so slowly to do simple tasks such as opening 'My Computer'.
How can I reduce the amount of Physical Memory being used? (I'm a computer newbie)

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