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Windows 7: Slow Cold Boot

09 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
Slow Cold Boot

so i have installed windows 7 on my computer about a year ago. ive never had any blue screens due to it crashing, never had any problems to the point where i would need to re install the OS, however, ive noticed that on cold boots the system runs painfully slow, it will boot up fairly fast on a normal restart tho, like 20-35 seconds. on a cold boot it can take about 1-2 minutes to load in windows, and then once that happens its not so much it going slow as that there is a point during which i cannot click anything or else it will take forever to accomplish. what i mean by this is, it will load to my desktop and for a period of about 3 more minutes i will try to right click on the desktop and it will do the circle thing for like 20 seconds before giving me the drop down menu. if i right click again right after, it shows up instantly.
same with trying to open up a file within those first couple of minutes. it will take like 45 seconds to open a picture. its weird..
I have tweaked my windows 7 to startup only necessary drivers and turned off search index along with Aero.
My HDD isn't fragmented and ive got about 120gbs out of 450 available. so its not that bad.

Now some of you may say, well its just loading the processes. but i only have catalyst control center loading up as a startup item lol. and even after it loads. it goes through a wierd 3-4 minute phase in which everything is slow as hell. then works perfectly fine.
any help?

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09 Feb 2011   #2

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Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

One difference between a warm boot and a cold boot is that in a cold boot the component devices are initialized. So it could be a failing component. Any clues in the Device Manager or the Event Viewer?

Another difference is RAM addressing. Cold boot maps the RAM, warm boot does not.
You could run Memtest86+ to test your RAM.

Another difference is simply warming up. Power supplies and spinning hard drives, if they are failing, can have issues when starting up from a dead stop, but work fine when warmed up. I think video cards can have a issue too.

I'm just throwing some things out here - brainstorming.

How does it do going into Safe Mode?
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10 Feb 2011   #3

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

thank you for the advice. When running memtest its perfectly fine. Ive never had any component fail on me lol. However i think it could be my HDD, because when starting up i notice HDD temps are the lowest of any component, around 12C.
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10 Feb 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Go here Downloads and download the Drive Fitness Test and check your main drive.
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11 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

thank you very much ^
i will try this. im not exactly sure as how to create an image for it, but ill figure it out
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11 Feb 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Download the CD Image file, save it to your desktop (or wherever), and then right click on it, and choose "Burn Disk Image".

I believe Windows 7 has a CD burn tool built in.
I use Nero, so I can't give a step by step for the Windows burner, but you just want to burn an ISO job.

Once you've created the CD then just boot with it in the drive. Be sure the Optical Drive is set in BIOS to boot before the HDD.

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