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Windows 7: welcome screen ~50 sec load - minimal startup/services

29 Sep 2012   #11
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ottomobile View Post
Awesome, thanks again for the help. Ill try and post the results as soon as I can (most likely a day or two)
No probs otto it will take some time mate and once you get used to using these apps and that diskpart stuff it makes for some real easy computing my friend. There are a few other really useful ones but those will keep you at it for a while LOL!!

But please let us know how you get on.

Oh don't forget to add the msconfig and stuff to your quick start list mate it will save you a lot of time.


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29 Sep 2012   #12
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29 Sep 2012   #13
ottomobile

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the suggestion, but I have managed to solve the issue.

For now I WONT mark this solved because I would still love some advice from you guys.

I ran the seatools for windows program and my hard drive failed all the tests. So I saw somewhere that running the chkdsk program would be a good idea. I let it search and repair bad sectors and now the welcome screen struggle has gone from 50 seconds to 12 seconds.

My total boot time (according to windows event viewer) has been hovering around 60 seconds (from cold to fully loaded desktop).

Very happy about this, thanks again for the help guys.

So my only concern now is that obviously there is something wrong with my harddrive. As it still fails the tests in seatools. Aside from buying a new one, are there any programs (like chkdsk) that can repair hard drives in any way?
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29 Sep 2012   #14
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hiyya otto well mate as Seatools is coming with a faulty drive mate I reckon (depending on your budget of course) a new drive would be the go and if you usage is reasonably small a SSD mate (you can always use an external for super loads of data anyway.
If you do go a SSD then refer back to that tutorial I mentioned re the DISKPART method tutorial to set one up.
Many good brands around - personally I like the Samsung 830 & Crucial M4 and the prices are getting quite reasonable now and in Oz are not much more than a plain 2.5" HDD.

By the way did you run a surface test with the Partition Wizard it will test the surface of the physical disk if that comes up with any problems then well it is a no brainer eh?

With defrag and other drive wiping apps I am with some of the pro's in here and still lie to use the Windows system to that as several have told me that Windows likes to have files and folders for that matter in the order that it is meant to be and to me that makes sense.

I did not mention chkdsk by the way as well I stupidly thought perhaps you might have known about that one - sorry my friend.

Still am glad it has turned out so well for you. By the same token it maybe a timely thing for you to keep half an eye on your hard drives health.
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30 Sep 2012   #15
ottomobile

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hey,

So I ran the partition wizard and it came up with 4 errors. Im assuming these errors are bad sectors. Not super clear what that test looks for though. Anyways, i ran chkdsk again and it added 6 clusters to the bad sector list.

I think an SSD is out of my price range right now but im considering a new HDD. Im going to wait and see how mine works for the next little while. If my startup times maintain then I should be good for a bit.

I think im gonna run the memtest just for fun in the next while and see what happens

Once again, thanks for your help. Im sure I never would have suspected a hard drive problem if you didnt suggest trying seatools
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30 Sep 2012   #16
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

No probs otto glad I could have been of some assistance mate.

Those bad sectors if they were in the surface test maybe a manufacturing flaw perhaps?

Now SSD's are reasonably expensive mate my last Samsung 120GB ws $105 out here ans we usually pay more than elsewhere. It is good to keep as the boot drive as it is so quick but if you are going for an HDD then I would personally stick to a slightly smaller one like 500GB one again I prefer Seagate "Blue" Barracuda's out here $65. My reasoning is that get a 1TB an it goes bung - expensive to replace get two 500GB and clone the installed one to the spare and if No1 goes byes byes then slap the clone straight in - up and running minus a few updates perhaps but thats just me others don't like my method but that's just me LOL!!

Now the chkdsk if you look at the tutorial you can specify to correct errors by
chkdsk /f

Disk Check < Brink is brilliant mate
John the Screwloose

Hey don't forget to let us know re the memtest! if you can leave it overnight it can get a whole lot of passes in.
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