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Windows 7: The real deal on optimizing window 7 for SSD boot

05 May 2012   #11
ldelossa

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
My work laptop (a 3 year old Dell Latitude E6400) runs a Core 2 Duo P8600 (2.4Ghz), with an 80GB Intel 320 Series SSD for the OS and a 160GB 7,200 RPM mechanical hard drive in the media bay slot (instead of my CD/DVD drive) and it has 4GB of RAM.

I run Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit on this machine. I just timed my boot for fun. From a power button press till the time the monitor turns on is 3.5 seconds. From the time the monitor comes on to get through the post is from 3.5 seconds to 9.2 seconds. At 9.2 seconds, it begins "starting Windows". It brings up my logon screen at 25.5 seconds. From the time I type in my password to the point where I am at the desktop with all icons loaded, it's 36 seconds.

The only "tweaking" i have done is
--disabled hibernation file (just to save space on 80GB SSD)
--set system protection to 2% (just to save space on 80GB SSD)
--set page file to 2,048MB Min and Max

Since it's my work laptop, On bootup, I'm running nearly 90 processes. The msconfig auto starts my touchpad driver, nvidia nwiz, Free Download Manager, Google Updater, Trend Micro, Microsoft Lync, Java Platform Updater and Dropbox. Everything else is unselected.

Very nice! It's breaking under 30 that calls for tweaks. Can you explain the system protection part? I'm not to sure what your referring to


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05 May 2012   #12
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Right click on My Computer, Properties, System Protection link. See if you have System Protection enabled (restore points) and how much hard drive space they are allowed to consume.

The other interesting things about boot times is how you measure them. Is it from a power button press, or from "starting Windows"? Is it until you get to the logon screen, or the desktop? Is it after all of your system tray programs are running, or until the hard drive stops churning? Everybody reports their boot times, but nobody has a real consistent method of ensuring we are all reporting apples to apples.

For example, my dekstop machine takes almost 15 seconds to POST, but then flies. Nothing much I can do to correct that but change a motherboard at this point. So, compared to my laptop which posts around 6 seconds, my desktop would be considered slow. But from a power and performance standpoint, there is no doubt which system I would want to use. My desktop blows my laptop out of the water, no questions asked.
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05 May 2012   #13
ldelossa

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Right click on My Computer, Properties, System Protection link. See if you have System Protection enabled (restore points) and how much hard drive space they are allowed to consume.

The other interesting things about boot times is how you measure them. Is it from a power button press, or from "starting Windows"? Is it until you get to the logon screen, or the desktop? Is it after all of your system tray programs are running, or until the hard drive stops churning? Everybody reports their boot times, but nobody has a real consistent method of ensuring we are all reporting apples to apples.

For example, my dekstop machine takes almost 15 seconds to POST, but then flies. Nothing much I can do to correct that but change a motherboard at this point.
Awesome I didn't even think about this thanks!
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