I have had Windows 7 installed on my laptop since early September (I had early access to a final build copy through IEEE). Everything was fine to start, but about a month ago it has just slowed to a halt.
Boot up time is longer and the initial startup after logging in is painfully slow. When I start Firefox as my first program, it literally takes 30 - 60 seconds just to open up. The entire system is often times unresponsive and slow. Just this morning I continually clicked on the eject icon on the taskbar, so that I could safely remove my USB stick and it never even responded or opened. I gave up in frustration.
I don't know if this is just Windows bloat or if there's some background process that is causing this. I even ran msconfig.msc to remove a lot of unnecessary startup processes and it still hasn't helped. There's no excuse for programs to take a full minute just to pop up the first window upon execution. Clearly something is wrong. I'm tempted to reinstall the Windows 7 again, but then I'm just setting myself up for the same problems a month or so after I reinstall it.
Is anyone else experiencing this? Any suggestions? I had better performance from Vista.