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Diagnosing a 2 minute boot time for Windows 7

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I'm trying to diagnose a boot time of 2 minutes on a Toshiba laptop running Windows 7 32bit.
The laptop is part of a DOMAIN at work,
But not at home where it's at currently.

Laptop is running.
Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 560 @ 2.67GHz
4 GB Ram.
Northbridge Intel Havendale/Clarkdale Host Bridge rev. 02
Southbridge Intel HM55 rev. 06

Under event viewer(Under 'Boot Performance Monitoring'), it's reporting

Windows has started up:
Boot Duration : 118562ms
IsDegradation : false
Incident Time (UTC) : ‎2011‎-‎12‎-‎28T23:01:09.609200200Z


But under event viewer it's not reporting any services or process that are causing a long boot time.



The machine is fully defragged, Ccleaned, (Ccleaner), HDtune is reporting no problems,

I've disabled all startup items, except Eset Nod32.

How can I get a more advanced log of all items loading during boot time and how long each item takes to load?
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You might consider Soluto (http://www.soluto.com/About/) which, among other things, can show what is running at startup and how long. It is a multifunction diagnostic program.
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Its a 32bit toshiba laptop, undoubtedly with a slow mobile hard-drive and half a million start-up tasks (even after turning off the obvious ones) and a terrible motherboard. Nuff said.


If it's an option, reformat and install a clean windows 7 64bit. If you still have money to throw at it, grab a SSD as well.
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HDTune benchmark

(320GB)
HD Tune: Hitachi HTS725032A9A360 Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 47.5 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 99.4 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 75.4 MB/sec
Access Time : 16.6 ms
Burst Rate : 112.8 MB/sec
CPU Usage : 4.8%

Are you saying you think all toshiba laptops have terrible motherboards? Based on what?
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HDTune benchmark
(320GB)
HD Tune: Hitachi HTS725032A9A360 Benchmark
Transfer Rate Minimum : 47.5 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 99.4 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 75.4 MB/sec
Access Time : 16.6 ms
Burst Rate : 112.8 MB/sec
CPU Usage : 4.8%
Are you saying you think all toshiba laptops have terrible motherboards? Based on what?

Yep, absolutely terrible speeds on that drive.

Every Toshiba product I've ever had the displeasure of opening up (and most other laptops as well) has had a totally worthless motherboard. They're about on par with HP laptops from a few years ago, if you've ever had any experience with them.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CokeMD View Post

HDTune benchmark
Access Time : 16.6 ms
Even discarding the fact that you have terrible read and write speeds, your access time is a killer. When your OS starts, it has to put together a lot of little bits of data from all over your hard drive, tons of pieces. 16.6ms may not seem like a long time to you, but that is each piece of data it has to retrieve to load a program or service into memory or to the processor to use. Even the cheapest solid state drive has access times under 1 ms, more likely under 0.5ms. That's like 300 times faster than your hard drive with read/write speeds probably double that or more. And I'm talking the cheapest, like $60 SSDs.
Edited by Jeff78 - 12/28/11 at 9:47pm
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Those hdd times are average for a laptop hdd.
But that is not where your problem is coming from. I just didn't want you to be over discouraged by the replies.

Seeing how it is just a work laptop, as Zero4549 said, just do a fresh install. It will be faster and less problematic then trying to diagnose an odd problem like this and having to work on it again a few weeks later.

Uninstall what bloatware you can and msconfig to keep any of that odd bloatware from starting while windows is booting.
If you are below 70 processes, than windows 7 should be running pretty clean and fast, that is with web browser and antivirus etc running.
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