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Windows 7: Win7 long boot time

01 Nov 2014   #1
Zapp

Windows 7
 
 
Win7 long boot time

Hello everyone,

Recently I've been experiencing extremely long boot times on Windows 7.
Now the problem occurs when its already booted up; the moment from pressing the power button untill I see my desktop wallpaper goes fine, however, when I see my desktop it just takes 10-15 minutes before I can actually do something (eg. start a browser window or another program). It's just very unresponsive in these moments and visiting a web page or starting another program takes forever.

Now I know there are a lot of threads out there about long boot times and I've already did some things suggested in them:

- I disabled all the unnecessary startup programs in msconfig (only 4 are still active)
- I scanned for viruses with NOD32
- I scanned for malware with anti-malware bytes
- I did a Windows checkdisk (with no problems)

But, so far, the problem still occurs, what else can I try?


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01 Nov 2014   #2
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

In addition to doing the above; i would download; install; and run a program called superantispyware; as if your system has a lot of spyware in it without you knowing it; that can significantly slow down the response time of windows as well. Here is the link to the program i just mentioned:

SUPERAntiSpyware - Downloading File

Also; how much ram does your system have. Your system specs does not list the amount of ram. Reason i ask is because a significant lack of ram can slow down the response time of Windows as well; so if possible; i would get some additional ram and install it in your system as that should help as well.
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02 Nov 2014   #3
Zapp

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for your answer. Im scanning with superantispyware right now and it already found some threats.
Im gonna see if that helps the problem.

Also, I have 4GB of RAM in my computer at 667Mhz.
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04 Nov 2014   #4
Zapp

Windows 7
 
 

Seems that scanning for spyware and fully defragmenting made somewhat better, I'll probably also invest in a SSD drive.
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04 Nov 2014   #5
techquest

windows ultimate x64
 
 

Try running Advance SystemCare 7, you can get it as a freebie. It will clean up lots of stuff and make the system more responsive.

Also try running HitmanPro which comes in 32 or 64bit varities you can get it for 3 with a 30 day trial. It will look for all kinds of nasty viruses etc that you don't know are there and other antivirus programs simply do not find. It's fast and does a great job.

In the registry, if your ok with editing it, look at the WaitToKill time out period that is set. It's probably at 5000 but you can set it at say 2000. This will also speed up the startup and shutdown.

In fact I note that Brink did an article on it some time back

"How to Set WaitToKillServiceTimeout to Speed Up Shut Down Time in Windows
Published by Brink"

It will be good to follow his advice also.
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04 Nov 2014   #6
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techquest View Post
Try running Advance SystemCare 7, you can get it as a freebie. It will clean up lots of stuff and make the system more responsive.

Also try running HitmanPro which comes in 32 or 64bit varities you can get it for 3 with a 30 day trial. It will look for all kinds of nasty viruses etc that you don't know are there and other antivirus programs simply do not find. It's fast and does a great job.

In the registry, if your ok with editing it, look at the WaitToKill time out period that is set. It's probably at 5000 but you can set it at say 2000. This will also speed up the startup and shutdown.

In fact I note that Brink did an article on it some time back

"How to Set WaitToKillServiceTimeout to Speed Up Shut Down Time in Windows
Published by Brink"

It will be good to follow his advice also.
NO!; do not run any of those types of programs like advanced system care; as most of the experts on these forums will tell you; they often make problems worse than they already are with the exception of certain programs like superantispyware and others that have been reccomended by forum experts.
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04 Nov 2014   #7
techquest

windows ultimate x64
 
 

Quote:
NO!; do not run any of those types of programs like advanced system care; as most of the experts on these forums will tell you; they often make problems worse than they already are with the exception of certain programs like superantispyware and others that have been reccomended by forum experts.
Sorry but I have to say once again there is nothing wrong with the stuff I mentioned.

As for experts, no harm intended or implied, then I also have to say that I know my 40 years in the Telecoms & IT industry, engineering, to VP level, with some of the worlds leading corporations, is indeed classed as expert experience.
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04 Nov 2014   #8
techquest

windows ultimate x64
 
 

A few other things to consider because it all adds to the boot time.

Have you got the CD/DVD drive as 1st choice boot device in bios? If so set your HDD as 1st choice?

Have you got any wireless devices such as wireless dongles/bluetooth in your system not enabled or with problem drivers. If so W7 looks for these on boot and will spend a while looking for them and delay your system start post boot?

As for potential viruses/malware you might have, I have had many folk say to me that I have checked it with my AV but when you run something like HitmanPro 3 on their system they are amazed at what their so called AV did not detect.
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04 Nov 2014   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I'm not a expert in anything but I have seen on this forum the damage anything from IObit can cause and that includes Advanced System Care.
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04 Nov 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

For a test, I would disable the remaining 4 startup programs. Especially the AV program could play an act on you.
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