@Gaspershooters - I can't update the hardware, with the exception of installing a SSD. It's a laptop.
@Roloccolor - No money for a SSD at this time. Windows Areo is turned on, transparency is turned off, drop shadows turned off, using the default skin, turned the color to black.
GFX card is the Radeon 7310M, it is built in to the CPU, it has 384 MB to work with. Plays Command and Conquer really well.
Hard drive is a Seagate. 320 GB, 5400 RPM, 8 MB cache. Not the best drive.
I have a Windows 8 disk with clean COA at my disposal, wondering if it would make any difference. Keep in mind the CPU is really wimpy. Here is the details on the CPU: