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Windows 7: SSD Bootup Slowed Way Down Right After "Fixing" Home Network

17 Dec 2014   #51
windowsperf

 

There is some low hanging fruit, some not so much. I'm dealing with kids, more soon


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19 Dec 2014   #52
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I've done a round or two of traces and have delayed Crashplan at startup. 1st time through it saved 15 seconds, but subsequent bootups the system reverted to 1 minute 30 seconds.

Emsisoft developer, Fabian, suggested: "32 to 50 seconds does sound excessive indeed. You can try to disable "Protect the computer even if no user is logged on" under "Protection"/"File Guard". That may help your boot times a bit. If it doesn't please let me know so we can look into what exactly is taking so much time during boot."

I'm going to run a fresh trace, then disable that and run a 2nd trace, then at Jeff's (windowsperf) request, I'm going to disable "Emsisoft Protection Service" and retrace. Also, disable the Asus Com service which is known to have a memory leak and delay startups.

More fun than you can shake a mouse at!
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29 Dec 2014   #53
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

New trace???
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30 Dec 2014   #54
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Thanks for checking in! Jeff has been busy with family so we haven't had the results of the last trace yet.

BUT, something changed just yesterday. I got a weird alert that my F: drive was bad. The only thing on the F: drive is my OS' pagefile.sys file. Moved it there 2 months ago because I was down to 14 GB available on the SSD C: drive.

Checked the drive. It was okay. Noticed that I was down from 35 GB to 16 GB on my C: drive. ???. Pagefile.sys apparently ran back to the C: drive due to whatever that F: drive hiccup was.

So I used my AX64 Time Machine program and snapped back 3 days to when things were working fine (except the long boot time, of course) and when it rebooted, it was quicker than usual. Huh???

I noticed that the F: drive had the pagefile.sys again. The C: drive had the 35.7 GB it should have available. I have noooooooo idea how that pagefile.sys got back on the F: drive if I only restored the C: drive. Magic?

New boot up time comparison (black is the most recent slow, Red is the new faster):
00:00 00:00 Press start button
00:03 00:03 Asus logo on black screen
00:06 00:06 Windows boot manager screen with options for Windows; Macrium Recovery; and AX64 Recovery
00:09 00:09 Windows logo on black background
00:36 00:36 Light blue Windows Welcome screen
01:15 Purple desktop background, with no icons
01:35 00:52 Purple desktop background, Icons show up, popup for which drives were recognized, and I'm ready to go

M
uch better.

Would a new trace reveal what happened?
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30 Dec 2014   #55
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

A new trace would tell what's different - compared to the previous one it might tell what happened, yes.
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02 Jan 2015   #56
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Tortured. On December 31st, Emsisoft delivered an update which included a fix for the network issue I had been having. I didn't reboot until days later (this morning, January 2nd) to finalize that update. But upon rebooting, my system has reverted to the very long boot up issue. I am NOT convinced it was the update.

I ran AX64 to restore back to December 29th when the system was working great with faster boot up. But the long boot is still there. I then restored to the same time frame with Macrium Reflect, including the MBR. No difference.

Remember, that my system "fixed" itself when I got the popup alert that my F: drive was bad --- causing the pagefile.sys to revert to the C: drive, upon which I then restored back --- and the pagefile.sys went back to the F: drive --- and the boot up was faster.

I had taken a Macrium image of the F: drive right after that, thinking I could use it (not really understanding what the pagesys.file really is. Anyway, on a lark, or naivety, I used Macrium to restore the F: drive to that magic moment. No change. Arrrrgghhh.

Might some funkiness with the pagefile.sys show up in the trace?

I lost my chance at running a trace when it was booting fast (holiday obligations got in the way.) So upset about that. Might have given a clue as to what the conflict is.

So now what? Jeff, can you analyze that last trace we did?
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02 Jan 2015   #57
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Can you get a new trace please? A lot has been done, and I'd personally like to see something current so as not to miss anything.
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02 Jan 2015   #58
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

What we learned from my brief period of faster boot time, is where the delay is taking place

00:36 00:36 Light blue Windows Welcome screen
01:15 ------Purple desktop background, with no icons
01:35 00:52 Purple desktop background, Icons show up, popup for which drives were recognized

Could all of this be the result of some funkiness with the pagefile.sys file?
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02 Jan 2015   #59
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I will do it this afternoon. Thank you!
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03 Jan 2015   #60
chamlin

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I have provided Jeff and Carl with the traces.
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