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#1 Kreker

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 06:48 AM

I have Win 7 Enterprise x64 installed for few months, and it started to clog up. When I start it up, after wallpaper shows up, hard drive starts to grind like I'm defragmenting it, and it keeps doing it for half a minute.

If I try to start up firefox during those initial seconds, it works slow, and so do other programs.

I have 15+ GB free on my main C drive. I thought about clean install but the pain of reinstalling the programs and settings makes me cringe so I would like to try to clean the computer up.

What programs do you recommend for the job? I can check for viruses and malware with Security Essentials, are there other programs that could possibly check if I have too much startup programs, and somehow optimize Windows back?

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:24 AM

Open msconfig and on the General tab choose "selective startup" (uncheck all three items) and reboot. Does the problem still occur? If not, start adding items back to msconfig one or two at a time, rebooting after each change, until the problem reappears and you'll have identified the offending process. This is clearly a time consuming procedure, but it is the best way to determine if some process loading with the system is the cause of your problem.
After you've isolated the cause, do not use msconfig to permanently disable the process. Instead, if it is a service go to START - RUN and type: services.msc (then press enter) and disable the service OR, if it a program, you can download & run a simple app such as Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel (http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml) to enable, disable, or otherwise manage startup programs.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:55 AM

Hi,

While I understand your apprehension about doing a fresh install of Windows 7, that will probably give you the best results when compared to using several utilities to improve the performance. It will also give you the opportunity to only install programs and services that you really need and nothing more.

Also, before you do the fresh install, you might want to consider opening up your PC case, disassembling the components, giving them a good cleanup and putting them back together. Clean hardware in a well ventilated case solves a no. of heat related problems.

Anyway, if you would still like to clean out the crap from your computer, consider a program like CCleaner to remove junk files.

EDIT: Yep, follow Allan's suggestion to use the MSCONFIG utility to improve your start up speed.

Hope this helps.

Edited by ReviverSoft, 20 April 2012 - 07:56 AM.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 07:59 AM

I have 15+ GB free on my main C drive.


What is the size (GBs) of your system drive? How much RAM?

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 11:53 AM

System drive is 50 GB (partitioned), running on 8GB ram




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