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Windows 7: Windows Explorer takes forever on startup


14 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows Explorer takes forever on startup

Hi!
This is my first post here so I'm sorry if something like this has been asked before but I couldn't find anything that helps me yet.

My Computer is really getting on my nerves by now because I have to reinstall Windows every couple of month. At first everything runs fine and smoothly and as it's supposed to be but after some time when I startup my computer windows explorer takes forever to start and then it's really slow for a few minutes. When it has been running for a while it works just fine, it's just at startup. I type in my password and then everything just goes black and the only thing you can still see is the mouse cursor then eventually the task bar appears and some seconds after that the desktop. I don't wanna reinstall Windows all the time, it's so annoying! Does anyone have an idea what I could try to solve this? Anything would be much appreciated, thanks!

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14 Nov 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Werina View Post
Hi!
This is my first post here so I'm sorry if something like this has been asked before but I couldn't find anything that helps me yet.

My Computer is really getting on my nerves by now because I have to reinstall Windows every couple of month. At first everything runs fine and smoothly and as it's supposed to be but after some time when I startup my computer windows explorer takes forever to start and then it's really slow for a few minutes. When it has been running for a while it works just fine, it's just at startup. I type in my password and then everything just goes black and the only thing you can still see is the mouse cursor then eventually the task bar appears and some seconds after that the desktop. I don't wanna reinstall Windows all the time, it's so annoying! Does anyone have an idea what I could try to solve this? Anything would be much appreciated, thanks!
First how about your system specs so we know what hardware you have.

Computers do slow down with time. Every install/un-install add entries to the registry. They need to be refreshed and I do mine every 3 months



Ken J
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14 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Is your drive encrypted? Do you use any Antivir software?
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14 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

It's an HP Laptop with an Intel Core2 CPU (2.53 GHz) and 4GB RAM and I use Eset NOD 32 as an Antivir software.
I don't know that much about computers so if the drive encription isn't something that's done one default I certainly didn't do it ^^ I do know however that computers get slower over time and that would be totally ok if it was just that but for it to just go black fpr about a minute or so after startup that's not normal is it??
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14 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Werina View Post
It's an HP Laptop with an Intel Core2 CPU (2.53 GHz) and 4GB RAM and I use Eset NOD 32 as an Antivir software.
I don't know that much about computers so if the drive encription isn't something that's done one default I certainly didn't do it ^^ I do know however that computers get slower over time and that would be totally ok if it was just that but for it to just go black fpr about a minute or so after startup that's not normal is it??
This is definitely NOT normal! I'd start with uninstalling the antivirus software. That's why I hate antivirus programs - they always cause such troubles. That might not be the reason though but I'd start with that...
Your computer isn't that old - My 4,5 year old laptop does not have such issues and it has slower single core CPU and 2GB RAM.
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14 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

If you do uninstall your current antivirus software, I recommend installing MSE until you determine the cause. MSE is free for all Windows users and is known to not cause any problems on Windows 7. It is not recommended to not use any AV as it is easier than ever to become infected with malware these days.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
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14 Nov 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

If you have your antivirus set to scan at startup, then it will most definitely slow your computer down.
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14 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
If you do uninstall your current antivirus software, I recommend installing MSE until you determine the cause. MSE is free for all Windows users and is known to not cause any problems on Windows 7. It is not recommended to not use any AV as it is easier than ever to become infected with malware these days.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
Malware protection is available without antivirus software too. The thing is you can't catch any virus if you know what you are doing... as I said the last one I had was in 2003.... and I am not using any Antivirus!!

Firewall + Malware application which you can run manually every now and then ... that's all you need!
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14 Nov 2010   #9

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gracy123 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
If you do uninstall your current antivirus software, I recommend installing MSE until you determine the cause. MSE is free for all Windows users and is known to not cause any problems on Windows 7. It is not recommended to not use any AV as it is easier than ever to become infected with malware these days.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/
Malware protection is available without antivirus software too. The thing is you can't catch any virus if you know what you are doing... as I said the last one I had was in 2003.... and I am not using any Antivirus!!

Firewall + Malware application which you can run manually every now and then ... that's all you need!
If you choose not to use a real-time antivirus, that is your choice, but it is not recommended and I have to politely ask you not to recommend it to others. Even experienced users who practice safe searching habits get infected.
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14 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

But if it had to do with the antivirus software shouldn't the problem have occurred right when I installed that? Because it only started happening after I already had the antivirus software installed for a couple of weeks.
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