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Windows 7: my boot time is quite long

21 Aug 2012   #1
DucoHD

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
my boot time is quite long

Hey, I´ve got Windows 7 up and runnin´for a while now , but I am noticing that my boot time is quite long, at least, that how it feels to me. I´ve got a pretty strong laptop, so 80 seconds or even 2 minutes at a certain point to boot up seems strange, right? And this is when I've got almost no software installed, it's still mostly a clean laptop.

When I did the clean install, I had to convert the disk from GPT to MBR, otherwise I could not have installed Windows. Is it because this conversion that my boot time has increased? My laptop supports UEFI, and UEFI needs GPT in order to work. If I convert back to GPT will this help?

Oh and, I already tried converting back to GPT using a tutorial written by you But it would not work since my volumes we're in use.

I hope you can help me out, because I am willing to install Windows again if it drastically increases the boot time.

Thanks in advance,

Duco


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21 Aug 2012   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DucoHD View Post
so 80 seconds or even 2 minutes at a certain point to boot up seems strange, right?
I'm not sure about that.

Check your official boot time with the tool in the first post at this "Restart Time" link.

ReBoot Time

You likely have a 5400 rpm drive, which is relatively slow.

A time of 60 seconds using that "restart time" tool is highly respectable on a desktop PC with a 7200 RPM drive.

If you want to set the world on fire with boot times, you need an SSD. Then you will be down around 30 seconds.
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21 Aug 2012   #3
DucoHD

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DucoHD View Post
so 80 seconds or even 2 minutes at a certain point to boot up seems strange, right?
I'm not sure about that.

Check your official boot time with the tool in the first post at this "Restart Time" link.

ReBoot Time

You likely have a 5400 rpm drive, which is relatively slow.

A time of 60 seconds using that "restart time" tool is highly respectable on a desktop PC with a 7200 RPM drive.

If you want to set the world on fire with boot times, you need an SSD. Then you will be down around 30 seconds.
Ah okay, so I was concerned about nothing then Thanks for the info!
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21 Aug 2012   #4
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DucoHD View Post

Ah okay, so I was concerned about nothing then Thanks for the info!
If you want to shorten your boot time to about 30 seconds or less maybe, save your money and get a SSD. It makes your now sluggish PC, super fast and they are not that expensive. Check them out and you will be surprised at the price.
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22 Aug 2012   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

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22 Aug 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Did you check your startup programs? - Best is to disable all except for the AV program. But if you want to get to boot times below 20 seconds, bigmck's SSD advice is the best remedy.

Here is an example I recorded of loading Windows 8 from an SSD - and that is even with the Virtual Box overhead (this is real time): Start Win8 in vBox1.wmv - YouTube
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