Hi all, my PC has been driving me crazy. It takes up to 10 minutes to launch programs (iTunes) and games (such as CODWaW, not exactly demanding). Here's the specs:
Windows 7 SP1, E8400 Asus P5K MoBo, 250GB system HDD, HD7870, 4GB RAM, 160 GB + 1TB HDDs
Nothing spectacular, all stock speeds, old but running, sort of...
After getting fed up with this situation I formated the C: drive and did a clean install. After installing Windows 7, Security Essentials and CoDWaW I tried it, and it was much faster. Then MS sent its first 136 updates, then SP1. I also installed a printer driver
(Epson), Office, Chrome and sw for my keyboard and mouse. And voila, back to the same old five minute launch time.
I've made sure that no programs except Security Essentials launches, and the 50% load is spread over both cores. I also changed the priority to high, but no changes in the launch time.
What could be causing Windows to do this?