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Speeding up my laptop's startup (i7 CPU)

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#1 A-placid


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Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:49 AM

So.. this is a relatively new laptop.
Model: ASUS N56VZ-S4035V
CPU: i7-3610QM 2.3 GHz (up to 3.3 GHz with something called "Turbo-boost")
RAM: 8 GB DDR3 1333MHz
HDD: 750 GB 7200rpm
OS: W7 64 bit

And the problem is.. somewhat slow startup. At least I think it is slow. And I made some tests and I took the time with my stopwatch for a multiple times. Just to mention, I'm on "High Performance" mode (as you know there are different modes, for example "Battery Saving"), and I'm plugged in. And here are the results:

First I closed the computer: 13,84 seconds
Second shut down time was: 16,79 seconds
And third was magnificient 10,98 seconds - actually this is relatively good in my opinion. Though I'm not sure if it is a good time for a machine with i7 and 8GB of RAM.

Here are the results from the start-up testing:
Pressed the "ON" button, and it took 26,1 seconds to get to the user list.
From the user-list to desktop it took ~28 seconds, most of that time the screen was just freezed at the "Welcome" screen - but I must say that the "freeze-time" varies here. Sometimes it is 10 secs, and then over 20. Hmm..
So in total the boot time (pressing the power-button, and to opening Firefox) is 1 min 7 secs.

I'm pretty sure that I have a lot of crap in the start-up list, since there's a lot of ASUS and Intel's stuff in the "msconfig". And I'm wondering if there are Windows' services what can be disabled with no problem, in order to fasten start up. Maybe someone can take a look and tell me what startup items or services should I disable to boost my startup?
Here's my list:

And maybe there was something else that slowed down my startup. Took a look at Event Viewer to see if there are any errors or something else. Event viewer is full of errors and warnings. Here are some pictures:

Or are my startup and shutdown times completely normal and I'm overreacting? Well.. if there are any logs or something else you need to analyse my laptop, let me know! =)


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#2 rotor123


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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:49 PM

One way to really speed up the startup is to switch to a SSD boot drive. My Toshiba with a older Pentium dual core T3400 @ 2.16Ghz and 3Gb starts a lot faster than your times. All due to the SSD drives speed. They are expensive however. If you decide to go that route, Look at the user reviews.

I just put a 500Gb SSD in a friends Acer to replace the 320Gb hard drive, what a difference.

Going beyond throwing money at the problem. Using msconfig as a diagnostic tool. to selectively disable startup programs can help. Be sure to leave the Microsoft services alone as well as the Antivirus.

Use the Windows Key + the "R" key to bring up the run command and type in msconfig, works in all windows versions.
In windows 7 click the start orb and type msconfig in the search box.

Some links

System Configuration is intended to find and isolate problems, but it's not meant as a startup management program. To permanently remove or turn off programs or services that run at startup, see Uninstall or change a program.

And Apple believe it or not.

Using Msconfig to troubleshoot conflicts in Windows Vista and Windows 7


Edited by rotor123, 13 September 2012 - 12:53 PM.

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