Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker
You've never answered if this is preinstalled factory OEM Windows 7 with all the bloatware.
In the time this has taken you could already have the perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
to enjoy Windows 7's performance which you'll never have the the corrupt factory preinstall.
Yes this is the original installed version of windows, though most of the preinstalled apps have been removed long ago. Sorry that I've not taken your recommendation to reinstall windows, but I've just not felt that I've had the several hours it'd need to create the boot disc and reinstall all my programs, since programs and OS are on the same partition. It might be something I'll try in the future when I've more time, but was not absolutely necessary in this case as the performance before have been sufficient for my purposes.
Anyway, I'm going to go ahead and mark this as solved. Think I've found the problem to be a hard drive on the network that was moved to another server but was still mapped, causing windows to query the drive repeatedly till timeout, before loading the desktop. After unmapping it I'm back to ~40 seconds from the power button and ~5 seconds from login, which is good enough for me. Will continue to monitor, but hopefully this was what brought about the problems to begin with.
In the meantime, some programs had trouble running after disabling all the non-MS services in msconfig, so I went into services.msc and changed some of them from disabled (due to msconfig) to manual. I would imagine that this shouldn't cause slowdowns since it's still disabled at startup, but please correct me if I'm wrong.
Once again, big thanks to everyone who helped out in this thread! =)
P.S. Did not realise that there were actual MS staff helping out here, like cluberti you mentioned. Is this actually an official support forum or just a community one?