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Windows 7: 6 core computer so slow to load.

12 Dec 2010   #1

 
 
6 core computer so slow to load.

Hey People
I recently bought an AMD 6 core pc

It's really slow to load, it takes a good 3 minutes to load, and theres hardly anything to load, where as my dual core laptop loads just as fast :/

Why is this?
Thanks

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12 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Check out msconfig -> startup to see how much stuff is being loaded at the startup. Also check the number of running processes in the Task Manager after a reboot. Check the settings in your anti-virus software. Look in the device manager for unidentified devices and otherwise check that you have the latest drivers for your hardware.

Basically, very often the laptop manufacturers will install lots of bloatware in their products and all that stuff wants to run all the time. My new Sony laptop was running 90 processes in its maiden form! Naturally, it takes time to load all that stuff.

In addition, depending on the scheduled tasks and anti-virus settings the computer may be running some scans at start-up. My anti-virus is set to run a quick scan at start-up, but if at some point I want to do a deep scan and then forget to change settings, it will try to do the deep scan at the boot time, which will tremendously slow things down.

And of course there might be a driver problem. Are you running the pre-installed OS, or did you do a (hopefully) clean re-install? Sometimes - as was the case with my new Sony Vaio - Windows will not automatically find the right drivers. Results may range from low screen resolution to unidentified hardware to slower boot times (since Windows will try to do something about that hardware at boot time as well).

Any of the above may be your problem. There might be something else as well. A lot of people will advise you to run a thorough virus scan and also a scan with Malwarebytes or a similar anti-spyware product. I have personally never experienced any such problem (all scans are always negative), but this does not mean such problems do not exist.

Hope that helps.
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12 Dec 2010   #3

 
 

Thanks for the help, will give rep,
I only have 68 startup process and there mainly the ones which are needed to run. My antivirus doesn't do a scan when loaded, and the drivers are upto date.
The OS was the pre-installed one.

Cheers x
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12 Dec 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Hello MatthewHirst,

Heres how you can do some detective work to find out what programs are eating boot time.

1) Easy way, run Soluto.

Soluto

2) Somewhat more involved, uses the Event Viewer.

Use Windows 7 Event Viewer to track down issues that cause slower boot times | Microsoft Windows | TechRepublic.com
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12 Dec 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

Hi Matt,

The main reason behind such problems is too many start-up tasks start when windows starts. Especially bloat/cr**ware.

If you purchased your machines at a big box store they will usually also place adware onto the machine.
Here is a link to help with your HP that you have listed: Which HP Bloatware can be removed?
And it wouldn't hurt to up your RAM.

Can you give more SystemSpecs to the new AMD?

Thread to help determine:
What programs are absolutely necessary on start up?

Tutorial:
Startup Programs - Change
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12 Dec 2010   #6

 
 

Thanks for the posts guys, will rep in a sec.
Heres the system specs.

Processor AMD Phenom™ II X6 processor 1035T
- 2.6 GHz
- 2.0 GHz HT
- 3 MB L2 Cache, 6 MB L3 Cache Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit RAM - 6GB installed DDR3 memory
- 4 DIMM sockets
- 8GB maximum RAM capacity Graphics card NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 230 with PureVideo® HD technology
- up to 4351 MB total available graphics memory, with 1.5 GB dedicated
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12 Dec 2010   #7

 
 

Bill2 i really wouldn't be able to follow the event viewer guide, it looks to hard for me :/
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12 Dec 2010   #8

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Ok, lemme try to simplify.

1) Click the Start button, type Event in the Start Search box, and press Enter. Event Viewer appears at the top of the results display. Double click it to launch the Event Viewer.

2) In the left pane, drill down through the tree following the path: Applications and Services Logs | Microsoft | Windows | Diagnostics-Performance.

3) Then, in the right pane, double click on Operational. Double click on the column titled "Event Id" to sort it in ascending/descending order.

4) Locate items with event ids 101 to 110. These are related to boot time degradation. Read the description in the box at the bottom, try to find repeat errors. Heres a table for your benefit:

Eventid 101- Slow apps.
102- slow drivers
103- slow services
109- slow device initializing
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12 Dec 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MatthewHirst View Post
Thanks for the help, will give rep,
I only have 68 startup process and there mainly the ones which are needed to run. My antivirus doesn't do a scan when loaded, and the drivers are upto date.
The OS was the pre-installed one.

Cheers x
Thanks Matthew . 68 sounds too high a number to me, unless you are really sure that you need all those processes. Just to compare, my new Sony now starts with 38 processes - after a clean install and trimming down unnecessary stuff that gets installed together with specific Sony drivers.

You may try a simple thing - boot up your system in the safe mode and see whether this feels fast or slow for you. The safe mode will not load anything except for the absolutely necessary system files and drivers, so there you won't be affected by any bloatware or programs you choose to run at startup. If this will turn out fast for you, then you can proceed by eliminating those startup items that take a lot of time (follow Bill's advice above). If the safe mode startup is still slow, then something more drastic is needed, but hopefully it won't come to this.
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12 Dec 2010   #10

Windows 7 home premium
 
 

Does it spend a long time just getting to the window's startup screen? It might be that you have a hangup in your bios with the new processor, did you update the bios to make sure it could handle a six core chip?
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