I have a Dell XPS 1647 (i5 2.27 GHz, 4.00GB RAM), running Windows 7 64-bit (and Ubuntu 10.07, installed via wubi.exe - double boot). I bought it last summer.
I have a 500 HDD partitioned in 3:
- Windows 7 OS (C:)
- My work space (D:)
- Ubuntu 10.07 OS (G:)
I didn't shut down my laptop for about 10 days I think (I was only putting it into sleep mode, without turning it off). Yesterday, I had to restart it in order to get into Ubuntu; after restarting again, to get into Windows, I experienced a very slow boot. The problem was right after I logged in into my user account: everything was loading so slow. I had to wait about 8 minutes to finish the whole boot ("finish" means to see that the HDD is not writing / reading stuff - the little light is off; also, now the time improved a bit, it's around 4 minutes). I am able to move the cursor along the screen, to draw those rectangles on the desktop, but I can not open anything, neither can I right click (it is VERY "laggy"). After those 8 (4 now) minutes, everything works fine, I have no problem with it.
What my startup programs usually are:
These are the applications that I wanted to run on startup (I am aware of the others, but I thought it might be useful to specify them from now):
- NOD32 (antivirus)
- Rainlendar (interactive calendar for the desktop)
- Dropbox (online data storage)
- 4 Windows 7 gadgets (2 clocks, 2 weathers gadgets)
What I did:
So, I booted into safe-mode to check what the problem is. It booted pretty fast, obviously.
I cleaned the temp files with ATF Cleaner (similar to CCleaner).
I scanned the system with Malwarebyte's and SpyBot Search and Destroy but they found nothing (except for some cookies from SpyBot).
Then, I started to change the startup processes and services from msconfig. I disabled most of the non-Microsoft services but didn't seem to help. Same with the processes (I also disabled the antivirus).
I did memory scan and files integrity (I think this is how it's called...) from safe mode. Also chkdsk. Neither of them reported any kind of error. I also used the Windows Repair Tool to check for hard drive errors (it was a blue screen, not in the actual OS). No negative results. I also wanted to try a defragmentation on the OS partition (C:), but when I analyzed it, it said that it is only 1% fragmentatened.
From what I have observed from all of these restarts and testings, it seems like the 4 Windows 7 Gadgets are the ones that load the last (along with the internet connection); the antivirus loads the first.
I just want to be sure that everything is fine with the laptop, so, if you can please help me to some test or try to improve the booting time, I would highly appreciate it.
Thank you very much for your time,