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Windows 7: Win 7 slow to boot and unusable

11 Jul 2015   #1

windows 7 home "premium"
Win 7 slow to boot and unusable

Problem: Win 7 began crashing and now takes an hour to boot. Upon booting system is so slow it's unusable. The disk light on the laptop is constantly working.

Specs: Win 7 Home Premium. HP Pavilion G7 1219WM laptop. Slow 1.6mhz processor but this is even more ridiculous than usual.

Tried: Basically all F8 options. Repair, last known good configuration, system restore to weeks prior. AVG scan is clean. MalwareBytes deleted a few keys and a file. Trendmicro scan is clean. Tried a Windows update but the boot issue seems to keep it from properly configuring. Chkdsk yielded nothing. I can't seem to /scannow my C drive, says I have an update pending.

I can boot to safe mode, despite a very long boot. Windows does function in that environment. My disk light does not constantly flash when in safe mode.

Shutting down results in a blue screen message saying preparing to configure Windows. So not only is there an issue with booting, it seems to stuck in some sort of failed update loop.

Any ideas?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2015   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

I have seen very slow boot and use performance when a drive is going bad.

Are you letting the computer finish its update cycle on shutdown? It may take a long time, but that might allow you to run sfc/scannow without a problem.

Please fill out your system specs so that we can give more detailed help.

What is the brand and model of the drive? If it's a Seagate, you can use something like SeaTools to scan the drive for problems. It's much more thorough than Chkdsk. Western Digital has a similar utility.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2015   #3

windows 7 home "premium"

1.65GHz VISION E2 Technology from AMD with AMD Dual-Core E-450 Accelerated Processor
Microprocessor Cache
1MB L2 Cache
Hard Drives
HDD Interface

I think it's a Hitachi drive? I'll double check once I boot again.

I believe it did complete a full start and shut down after the update, unless it crashed... I let it run overnight. However Windows still thinks it's pending.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

11 Jul 2015   #4

windows 7 home "premium"

Bingo. It was the hard drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Jul 2015   #5
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Glad you got it figured out.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2015   #6


I would buy an SSD which is the best upgrade you can do for Windows 7, then do a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7

You'll have a vastly better install than putting the HP Factory image back on the new drive, larded with the worst load of bloatware in the industry.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2015   #7

windows 7 home "premium"

Thanks for the replies.

For now I simply swapped an old hard drive from a Gateway I had and began updating the drivers.

I'm running Vista for now. I have No idea where my HP recovery disk is, or if it even had one. If anything I'll probably just get a new laptop in the future. The 17 inch screen is nice, but the processor is anaemic on this thing. Win 7 slow to boot and unusable
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Jul 2015   #8


If you're running the factory install on that PC then you have no idea how it would run with the much preferred clean reinstall. You cannot judge a PCs performance when it has the worst install of Windows 7 possible. What we know is that every PC runs almost twice as fast when the factory image is replaced.
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