Mod Edit: Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/394270/slow-boot-on-windows-7/page-2 - Hamluis.
Running Soluto will give a detailed breakdown of how much time each of your programs, services, and processes are adding to your boot time. It even lets you disabled some of them, if you want. I've had good success with it.
Interestingly, I tried this site and their app to attempt an improvement in my nearly five minute boot time. After the initial reboot so that the program could scan my boot processes, it informed me that the program could shave a whopping six seconds off my boot time. That was the first "lack of being impressed" I experienced...
I followed the directions of the program completely, and was told that I needed to reboot again, so I instructed Windows to do so. After the motherboard splash screen, I was greeted by a black screen with a blinking cursor in the upper left corner. I rebooted again, with the same result; then a third time, with the same result. I sighed, dug out my diagnostic boot CDs, and rebooted, going into the BIOS to change the boot order so that my DVD drive would be the first boot device. The curious thing about this is, when I looked at the boot order settings, Soluto had, for some reason, reset it so that my USB thumb drive - which is not bootable - was now the first boot device. I reset the boot order to its proper configuration, and the computer started without any problem.
Not what I would call a disaster, by any means. However, I think it points out a pretty serious flaw in the program. A quick web search didn't turn up any reports of similar behavior from other users, so it's quite possible that I did something I should not have done. I don't think so, though, because the only change I made was to delay the running of two applications. In other words, Soluto removed those two apps from the startup list.
Edited by hamluis, 25 March 2014 - 04:05 PM.
Moved to All Other Applications, PM sent new OP - Hamluis.