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Windows 7: Start up time - slow

17 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Start up time - slow

I searched for this question and saw that it seems everyone has a different reason...

My PC boot time is pretty slow, my desktop comes up in probably 3 minutes, gadgets after about 5 and Dell Dock after about 7. After those 7 minutes I have to wait another 2-3 before I can click anything.

I saw one person said to list the things in the start up tab of msconfig that was checked:
  • Alps Pointing-device Driver
  • IDT PC Audio
  • Dell Wireless WLAN Card
  • Trend Micro
  • Windows Mobile Device Center
  • Intel (R) Common User Interface (LISTED 3 TIMES)
  • Adobe Updater
  • Microsoft OS
  • Google Update
  • Google Talk
  • Skype
  • Microsoft OS (listed again)
  • Trend Micro AntiSpam
  • Mobile Me
  • Dell Webcam Central
  • Adobe CS4 Manager
  • Office 2010
  • Quick Time
  • Java
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Adove Reader
  • Dell Dock
  • OneNote
  • HP Digital Imaging
  • Quickset
Is it normal to have THAT MANY programs at start up? What can I safely disable?

Here are my system specs: (Dell Studio 1537 Laptop)
Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Intel Mobile Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00GHz
Penryn 45nm Technology
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 399MHz 6-6-6-18
Dell Inc. 0P173H (U2E1)
Generic PnP Monitor on Mobile Intel 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
Hard Drives
320GB Hitachi Hitachi HTS543232L9A300 ATA Device (IDE)
Optical Drives
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

What should I do to help start up time? Thanks!

My System SpecsSystem Spec
17 Oct 2010   #2


More clues here: You have a Dell factory install, right?

Have you tried backing up your files to run Dell Factory Recovery either from Disks you made (or were provided) or by running the Recovery Partition?

Did Dell provide a Win7 install DVD?
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18 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The computer came with Vista and I upgraded it to Windows 7.
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18 Oct 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

Most of those programs can be started manually ... they don't need to be in the start up. You definitely want to have your Anti-virus start when you turn your computer on, but it doesn't need to update or scan at that time. Check to make sure it's not set to do either.

You can use this page as a guide to what is actually needed to run at start up
Task Manager Process List

I would suggest that you search your program from the alphabet, because the search box isn't very good.
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18 Oct 2010   #5

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

You should be able to safely uncheck Windows Mobile Device Center, Adobe Updater, Google Update, Google Talk, Skype, Mobile Me, Dell Webcam Central, Adobe CS4 Manager, Office 2010, Quick Time, Java, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader and OneNote.

That MS OS entry probably has to do with the sidebar or the WMC tray, you can try disabling it. Other items you can experiment, if they are important for you keep them enabled.
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18 Oct 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1

You should be able to safely delete
Did you mean to say 'delete' or uncheck those programs?

Also look in services and set any of the programs showing to "Manual"
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18 Oct 2010   #7

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jacee View Post
You should be able to safely delete
Did you mean to say 'delete' or uncheck those programs?
I meant uncheck, have edited post, thanks Jacee.
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18 Oct 2010   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

In principle you can "disable" all startup programs - except the AV program. They will all be started when required. But there may be some you want to start anyhow, e.g. sidebar. You can also set some for a delayed start. I do that with the sidebar in Vista because the sidebar needs some time to get going.

My preferred program for managing the Startups is BillP Studios - WinPatrol. It is a lot more convenient than msconfig.
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18 Oct 2010   #9


Soluto is also a great interactive new tool for analyzing and managing Startup entries. It can even delay some.

I only ever allow AV and gadgets/stickies myself.
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20 Oct 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium

I was trying to stop a program from starting on a friend's computer that was clearly not on the start menu and my research found that there are over 50 locations from within the Windows OS from which programs can be launched at startup. I used finally used Sysinternals Process Explorer to locate the startup location and disable the program from starting at boot.

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