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02 Jan 2015   #1
gabe22

Windows 7 Home Premium, Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)
 
 
Huge rebot time

Hi

My laptop Dell Studio XPS L502 i7 with following config:

Windows 7 Home Premium 64b (WEI Rating: 5.7)
Ram 8GB
Nvidia GeForce GT 540M
WD HDD 500GB
WD Portable 1TB

And well thats about it.

Been using this system for like 3 years (With about all windows updates installed)

But recently my system takes way too long to reboot, normally it takes like 2min to get to windows login screen And then takes like another 2-3min to load up windows.

And I only have a few necessary softwares set to run at windows startup, mostly for my usb modem, portable hdd, system requiered stuff etc (please check screenshot) and only one script I added is a custom VB script to run a 2nd skype on windows startup.

Also I'm pretty sure my system isn't infected by any virus or malewares etc as I have latest avast free version and Malwarebytes(premium) but then again I could be, this is just my assumption based on the scan results but the way my system is performing if there is a virus at work, I wouldn't be surprised.

Anyhow I tried Googling and applying this and that solutions/tweaks and so far nothing worked, I would very much appreciate it if anyone can advise possible solution to make my windows faster.

** I don't know if the info I posed is enough, if you need more info about my system .. just ask!

Thanks in advance!




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02 Jan 2015   #2
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Did you intend to include a screenshot and inadvertently forget to?

It would help the diagnostic process if I could see a list of your startup processes.

Open MSConfig (you can do this by pressing the windows key and typing msconfig), navigate to the startup tab and post a screenshot of all the processes there.

Edit: Nevermind. I see the images now.
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02 Jan 2015   #3
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

There are two things that come to mind.

avast and Malwarebytes premium shouldn't be running at the same time, under optimal conditions.

Second, can you visit this page: Generate a List of Windows Startup Programs using the Command Line

Follow the steps and then post the startupapps.txt. The snapshot you've posted doesn't list all the processes.
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02 Jan 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
The sad thing about your screen shot is it's incomplete and just a portion of what is listed
FF secure looks Unknown so what is it ?
Avast can very well slow down a system Malwarebytes shouldn't have any problems with it or starting together at startup but Avast it's self has become very bloated most users of Avast have switched to Panda to get away from the bloat,

Either way post the rest of the startup items and your Uninstall a program list that might also be a shocker
Cheers.
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02 Jan 2015   #5
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

"...avast and Malwarebytes premium shouldn't be running at the same time, under optimal conditions..." a previous poster
Avast free or Avast pay-for has stuff you can live without. Disable, turn off the following: Sandbox, SafeZone, Software Updater, Browser Cleaner, Grime Fighter, SecureLineVPN [unless you're paying for it], AccessAnywhere, Remote Assistance. These you can live without. Also, Avast AntiVirus and Malwarebytes Pro can run together if you keep things lean and green; such as disabling, turning off the abovementioned live-withouts.
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02 Jan 2015   #6
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Slow Boot - what's the problem?

Well I'll just mention that slow boot issues can often be solved using the Event Viewer method shown in the link in this post.

Note   Note

Important:

Don't forget to create the second custom view as shown under Figure C in the Tech Republic article.

You'll now repeat these steps and create another Custom View, and this time, you'll type 101-110 in the Includes/Excludes Event IDs box and name it Boot Degradation.


Use the Event ID's to look for problems.

101 Application took longer to start
102 Driver took a long time to initialize
103 Service took longer than expected to start up

Check the others too.

Suspect your AV and check for problem services.
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02 Jan 2015   #7
gabe22

Windows 7 Home Premium, Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi PlatypusKnight & ThrashZone

Thank you both for your quick response.

@ PlatypusKnight, I tried what you suggested by it just displayed a black window for like a sec and then its gone, and no txt file in c drive, however I recreated the screenshot so it has all startup items listed, both active an inactive.

I assume a full log would help more as it would have all details including full names/file paths etc, if the image works then great, if not please advise how do I generate list of windows start up items, tried google search, but no luck, they suggest same command and it does nothing on my system.

"avast and Malwarebytes premium shouldn't be running at the same time, under optimal conditions."
* I don't know if they can cause performance issues but for the information, I don't have both running at the same time(only avast is set to run auto with startup), its just that I have both installed, as I've noticed sometimes avast is unable to detect some issues, but then Malwarebytes comes handy

@ ThrashZone,
I added screenshot of my systems uninstall list .. full screenshot.

"FF secure looks Unknown so what is it ?"
* Its Free Fall Protection software that came with the laptop(from dell I assume) when I purchased it years back.

As for Avast, you're right on that but I have been using avast for years and honestly my pc is never been slower, like ever.

Anyhow thanks again guys .. will check back after work.



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02 Jan 2015   #8
PlatypusKnight

Dual Boot Win 8.1 x64; Win 7 SP1 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
Avast free or Avast pay-for has stuff you can live without. Disable, turn off the following: Sandbox, SafeZone, Software Updater, Browser Cleaner, Grime Fighter, SecureLineVPN [unless you're paying for it], AccessAnywhere, Remote Assistance. These you can live without. Also, Avast AntiVirus and Malwarebytes Pro can run together if you keep things lean and green; such as disabling, turning off the abovementioned live-withouts.
Roland is absolutely right, however unless you messed with the settings lately, rather than have you fumble around with something you're already comfortable with. . . I'll just have you work with what you've got. I personally uninstall AVAST whenever I come across it, and I don't like it on my system --it's too sluggish--but to each his own.

I didn't see anything unusual in your program installs, except I notice that you installed Nexus Mod on the 30th and Dark Souls relatively recently. Did the problems start before or after that? I recognize FF Secure as a Dell program.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gabe22 View Post
@ PlatypusKnight, I tried what you suggested by it just displayed a black window for like a sec and then its gone, and no txt file in c drive, however I recreated the screenshot so it has all startup items listed, both active an inactive.

I assume a full log would help more as it would have all details including full names/file paths etc, if the image works then great, if not please advise how do I generate list of windows start up items, tried google search, but no luck, they suggest same command and it does nothing on my system.
Don't worry about it. Microsoft hardened the OS recently, so that command would require you to run the CMD window as an administrator. Not a big deal. We can do the same thing using a program with a GUI and eliminate some other issues in the same stroke. Here's what I'm going to suggest:

Download and install two programs.

1. Startup Delayer (after install this will generate a startup log and this is easier than initiating you into Autoruns or something like that)

2. CCleaner

Download Startup Delayer Standard from here. Please watch out for any piggyback installs. Only install Startup Delayer, no toolbars, no Mcafee. Just Startup Delayer.

Download and install CCleaner from here. Choose the download from Piriform link.
CCleaner doesn't usually come with piggy-backs but same thing. Install no piggybacks. Just CCleaner.

I'd like you to Run CCleaner and ensure you check the following boxes:

  • Everything under Internet Explorer

  • Recycle Bin
  • Temporary Files
  • Memory Dumps
  • Chkdsk File Fragments

  • Old Prefetch Data.

On the [Applications] tab check every box under Chrome (in actuality you can just click the Chrome icon and it will check all the boxes underneath).

(You're going to lose all your web log-ons, but Chrome usually saves these to the cloud if you sign in. If you're already signed in, the best way to do this is uninstall Chrome before you run CCleaner. Then run CCleaner, and reinstall Chrome afterwards. You can use Comodo Dragon or Firefox to access the forums while we work through your issue.)

Uncheck ALL other items.


After this, I'd like you to restart your computer. Then install Startup Delayer.

I don't want this post to get too long, or for you to get confused, so let me know once you've gotten this far. Additionally, it's likely CCleaner will resolve your issue, without us having to parse your Startup logs, or use the method suggested by @Callender which will work, as it is very thorough, but is difficult for a beginner.
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03 Jan 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

I'll just say UTorrent is also relatively new about 30 days :/
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03 Jan 2015   #10
gabe22

Windows 7 Home Premium, Version 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1)
 
 

Hi PlatypusKnight

First of all thank you for taking the time to write down such long post to help me, Thanks dude!
Now I did what you suggested, instaleld cccleaner and followed the steps and after restart it seems system is a bit faster but still its over 3min or so ..

Also I installed startup delayer, please advise.

@ Callender
Thank you for your solution, I tried following the given steps and .. please check screenshots bellow:

Here is the contents from boot time details section:

- EventData

BootTsVersion 2

BootStartTime 2015-01-02T10:26:17.702800400Z

BootEndTime 2015-01-02T10:30:16.782383000Z

SystemBootInstance 783

UserBootInstance 528

BootTime 225743

MainPathBootTime 111382

BootKernelInitTime 26

BootDriverInitTime 4322

BootDevicesInitTime 1623

BootPrefetchInitTime 0

BootPrefetchBytes 0

BootAutoChkTime 0

BootSmssInitTime 24366

BootCriticalServicesInitTime 5215

BootUserProfileProcessingTime 3500

BootMachineProfileProcessingTime 1448

BootExplorerInitTime 59157

BootNumStartupApps 20

BootPostBootTime 114361

BootIsRebootAfterInstall false

BootRootCauseStepImprovementBits 0

BootRootCauseGradualImprovementBits 0

BootRootCauseStepDegradationBits 4194304

BootRootCauseGradualDegradationBits 4194304

BootIsDegradation false

BootIsStepDegradation false

BootIsGradualDegradation false

BootImprovementDelta 0

BootDegradationDelta 0

BootIsRootCauseIdentified true

OSLoaderDuration 2407

BootPNPInitStartTimeMS 26

BootPNPInitDuration 4550

OtherKernelInitDuration 633

SystemPNPInitStartTimeMS 5062

SystemPNPInitDuration 1395

SessionInitStartTimeMS 6579

Session0InitDuration 14823

Session1InitDuration 665

SessionInitOtherDuration 8877

WinLogonStartTimeMS 30946

OtherLogonInitActivityDuration 16329

UserLogonWaitDuration 13337

Honestly I cant make heads or tails out of this, I do understand that it shows my systems boot time and the degradation shows individual programs etc times but I clearly have no clue how to fix something, please advise.

Also can you please advise how do i generate a full boot log with all files necessary to evaluate whats causing the issue and find possible fix?

Thanks!


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