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Windows 7 Extremely Slow to Load


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#1 Tim Brastow

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:10 PM

My laptop has the following specs, and it's about a year old, running Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit.

4 GB RAM
2.4 GHZ Core 2 Duo P8600

My desktop is 5 and a half years old, running Windows 7 Professional, 32 bit.

2.5GB RAM (PC3200)
3.4GHZ Pentium IV

Yet, when it comes to loading Windows, my desktop is blowing it out of the water.

My laptop takes 2 and a half minutes to get to the desktop (and a a large majority of that time is spent before I even log in!), compared to only about a minute for my desktop. Here is some additional information.

1) Malwarebytes and Norton Security Suite come up perfectly clean. Highly doubt it's spyware-related.
2) I updated all of the drivers on the laptop.
3) When it comes to loading all of the stuff on the desktop, the desktop has more tasks to load on the system tray than the laptop does, but at least the laptop is fine loading AFTER logging in.

Programs launched when logging into desktop:

-Malwarebytes
-Norton Security Suite
-ATI Catalyst Control Center
-CMedia Xear 3D Sound Configuration
-HP Digital Imaging Monitor
-Local Internet Connection Icon
-Volume Icon

Programs launched when logging into laptop:
-Norton Security Suite
-Wireless Icon
-Volume Icon
-Power Icon

So, there's hardly any stress on the laptop to load the programs.

4) I ran chkdsk /f on the machine, and here's the log I dug out from the Event Viewer.

Checking file system on C:
The type of the file system is NTFS.
Volume label is Local Disk.


A disk check has been scheduled.
Windows will now check the disk.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
Cleaning up instance tags for file 0x10bf3.
502272 file records processed.
File verification completed.
322 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.
2 EA records processed.
60 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
731952 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
0 unindexed files scanned.
0 unindexed files recovered.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
502272 file SDs/SIDs processed.
Cleaning up 2602 unused index entries from index $SII of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 2602 unused index entries from index $SDH of file 0x9.
Cleaning up 2602 unused security descriptors.
Security descriptor verification completed.
114841 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
35623784 USN bytes processed.
Usn Journal verification completed.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the
master file table (MFT) bitmap.
CHKDSK discovered free space marked as allocated in the volume bitma
Windows has made corrections to the file system.

243982335 KB total disk space.
73665108 KB in 371053 files.
286944 KB in 114842 indexes.
0 KB in bad sectors.
615899 KB in use by the system.
65536 KB occupied by the log file.
169414384 KB available on disk.

4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
60995583 total allocation units on disk.
42353596 allocation units available on disk.

Internal Info:
00 aa 07 00 11 6a 07 00 37 f7 0f 00 00 00 00 00 .....j..7.......
61 02 00 00 3c 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 a...<...........
00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................

Windows has finished checking your disk.
Please wait while your computer restarts.

So it looks like chkdsk found some stuff and fixed whatever it found, but that's still not enough.

5) Running sfc /scannow to see if it is hiccuping with loading any bad system files.

Like I said, it spends most of the loading time on the "Starting Windows" screen.

Any other suggestions you may have?

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:51 PM

You may want to take a look at all your startup items, using the appropriate startup manager. There are many more items launched at startup...than you see reflected in your summary, including Windows files and drivers.

Unfortunately, I have not really familiarized with my Win 7 install and can't suggest a startup manager, other than from XP experience.

AutoRuns for Windows - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinte...s/bb963902.aspx. If you use, please read the instructions beforehand...the typical startup items will be reflected on the Logon tab.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 07:58 PM

Before I check that out, it was suggested to me that it could be that my HDD is running at 5400RPM. How can I found out what my HDD's RPM is? Don't remember what it was when I first got the laptop.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 09:25 PM

5400 rpm is a standard speed for laptop hard drives.

http://compreviews.about.com/od/storage/a/...uyers-Guide.htm

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