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Windows 7: Abnormal boot-up time

15 Apr 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
Abnormal boot-up time

My laptop has recently started taking much longer to startup. At the beggining of this year, it was taking around 35/45 seconds to boot to the desktop and be ready to go. Over the last couple of weeks, i have noticed it has been taking longer and longer, it now sometimes takes up to 90 seconds or more, also it takes a particularly long time on the 'Welcome' screen. I know that 90 seconds isn't exactly bad but i don't understand how the time has doubled as there has been no major changes whatsoever. The only changes have been the install of Microsoft Office 2010 in January but as far as i can remember, this made little difference if any at all. I regularly run a registry cleaning programme, defragment the hard drive and scan for viruses etc... I personally don't think this is a case of the laptop just getting slower because of age as i have only had it around 6 months, but please do correct me if i am wrong and my laptop specifications are as follows:

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium
Intel i7 620m @ 2.67GHz
250Gb 5400rpm Western Digital HDD
-If you need to know anything else please ask

Any help or adviced would be mch appreciated,
Thanks, Rob

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15 Apr 2011   #2

Windows 7

What has changed the past couple weeks? Think of every little thing, Windows updates? Have you connected to network printers? Other wireless networks/hotspots?
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15 Apr 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

No other programmes have been installed at all, i have checked this in control panel, Service pack 1 was installed earlier this week but this was an attempt to rectify the problem, which it has not done, it hasnt made any difference at all. I haven't connected to any printers or new networks, the only thing i can think of is an updated intel Graphics driver, but again the problem existed before i installed that.
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15 Apr 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Here is a screen capture of some of the recently installed programmes

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15 Apr 2011   #5

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit

Im not sure if this is any use to you but I work with Windows 7 at work on a network and I can tell you that if windows is attempting to join or find an unavailible network / domain when it starts up it takes an age to time out and use the local resources. Im not sure whow this translates to a home network but at work we found if you manually switch off the wireless on you laptop it will boot faster. Try booting up with wireless off to troubleshoot if this helps and if it does then look for anything on your system that might be trying to access network resources when it boots.

But yes the simple answer is you have too many programs running at startup. To tell which problem you have. if it takes you ages to boot windows to reach the login screen (or start loading the desktop) then it might be the network issue. if it takes ages to be fully ready after logging in or takes ages to load your desktop and programs then you need to thin out the startup programs.

Hope this helps.
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15 Apr 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Okay thanks, i'll try disabling wireless then re-boot, im pretty sure its not the programmes that are slowing it down as it spends the majority of the time on the 'welcome' screen, and i don't actually havwe an startup programmes except for 'rocketdock', and of course the operating system etc. Thanks for the reply i'll try re-booting now.
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15 Apr 2011   #7

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit

No worries... in new here too... just hanging around waiting to see if anyone replies to my problem. But i work in IT so i might aswell lend a hand while im here
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15 Apr 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

i would manage it with Soluto ( Soluto ). That tells you exactly who the culprits are and which ones you can either stop or delay. Good program.
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15 Apr 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Okay so i re-booted and unfortunately disabling wireless didn't have any effect, but thanks anyway, and okay i'll give that programme a try
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15 Apr 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64

All Apple/iTunes stuff disabled from starting with Windows?

May or may not help, but your java is also a couple of years out of date. might want to uninstall it and get the latest version,

Download Free Java Software
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