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Windows 7: "Welcome" screen takes a long time

08 Sep 2010   #1
darknightz0117

Windows 7
 
 
"Welcome" screen takes a long time

Hello all,

So I was just wondering if this is a problem inherent to Windows 7, or if I'm having bad luck with my hard drives.

I popped in a new Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB hard drive, expecting start up to go a lot faster than with my old drive. The first start up was extremely quick, but startup times seem to be getting slower and slower as each day goes by. The "Welcome" screen takes at least 10 seconds, and another 15 seconds or more go by until my desktop is fully operational. Those 15 seconds include waiting for the connection to the internet to go through, and for Rainmeter, ObjectDock, and Fences to finish loading.

In conclusion, the startup isn't that much faster compared to my older seagate drive that I had Windows 7 installed on previously. My specs are below:

AMD Phenom II X4 555 Black Edition
Biostar TA785GE motherboard
4 GB OCZ 3P1333LV4GK RAM
Sony Optiarc DVD drive
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

Thank you all in advance!!



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08 Sep 2010   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Was the older Seagate a 7200 RPM drive as well? With a SATA2 interface? You'll probably see almost no perceptible difference in performance if that's the case. Extra capacity does not equal increased speed.
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08 Sep 2010   #3
darknightz0117

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Was the older Seagate a 7200 RPM drive as well? With a SATA2 interface? You'll probably see almost no perceptible difference in performance if that's the case. Extra capacity does not equal increased speed.

LOL i like your opinion about overclocking haha. Have you done it? I wanted to give it a try, but was afraid to go the "stupid" route

Yeah, the Seagate was a 7200 RPM. Both were 1 TB, but the reviews for the F3 said that it was one of the fastest of non-SSD hard drives.
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08 Sep 2010   #4
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Using a solid color background for your desktop by any chance?
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08 Sep 2010   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 8 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darknightz0117 View Post
LOL i like your opinion about overclocking haha. Have you done it?
Yeah, my machine usually runs about 20% over spec, but I'm taking it easy with the new build.

Quote:
Yeah, the Seagate was a 7200 RPM. Both were 1 TB, but the reviews for the F3 said that it was one of the fastest of non-SSD hard drives.
Unless it's a SATA3 and your board supports it, there's probably not going to be a lot of difference.
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08 Sep 2010   #6
darknightz0117

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Airbot View Post
Using a solid color background for your desktop by any chance?
I heard about that. Unfortunately, my desktop is a slideshow of Batman pictures. I will attach the screen shot of the boottime. It turns out I require 73.7 seconds to boot =/


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08 Sep 2010   #7
darknightz0117

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mellon Head View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by darknightz0117 View Post
LOL i like your opinion about overclocking haha. Have you done it?
Yeah, my machine usually runs about 20% over spec, but I'm taking it easy with the new build.

Oh nicee! Could you point me in the direction of some good/ reliable overclocking guides? I read one that said to use the AMD OverDrive program, but I'm a bit hesitant there..



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Yeah, the Seagate was a 7200 RPM. Both were 1 TB, but the reviews for the F3 said that it was one of the fastest of non-SSD hard drives.
Unless it's a SATA3 and your board supports it, there's probably not going to be a lot of difference.
Darn, that's too bad. Thanks for the help then!!
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08 Sep 2010   #8
darknightz0117

Windows 7
 
 

Whoa guess what? I turned off Spybot from the startup programs, and now I shaved off 20 seconds O.O! That's insane.... Any ideas to make it any quicker?
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08 Sep 2010   #9
Airbot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That's not a horribly bad time - 73 seconds. May just come down to how many/what you have that loads during startup slowing you down a bit. i.e, several programs in startup. - msconfig.

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There you go.

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08 Sep 2010   #10
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

I only allow AV and gadgets into msconfig>Startup. Settle for what you absolutely have to have running all the time. Others are freeloaders.

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials.

Study the Performance log on Advanced Tools page accessed by clicking WEI score at Computer>Properties. It will log services, drivers and apps that slow down Startup and Shutdown. Work through other errors in Event VIewer>Admin view by googling text and ID#.
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