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Windows 7 - programs suddenly taking ages to load

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Hi, I've started having this weird issue with my PC, about 2 mins after booting to the desktop any new program I try to run takes about 1 minute to load or doesn't load at all, which has not been the case in the 4 months I've owned this PC. My i5 3570k is overclocked to 4.3 GHz, 8GB dual channel 1600MHz RAM and I have a Vertex 4 128 GB SSD for OS and programs, 1 TB WD Black for movies, music, data files, etc. I've run full virus scans with both Kaspersky 2012 and Malwarebytes, and both come up clean. Strangely, once a program is running it works just fine. For example, if I quickly load a game after booting up it will run speedily with no issues. The only changes I can think of that coincide with this problem are installing a pre-owned Titanium HD soundcard about a week before the issue, getting a new laptop 2 days before the issue, and downloading some plug-ins for Foobar2000.
I also tried to do a system restore, only to find that it hadn't been turned on, so I was unable to do this. I am also unable to do a clean re-install of Windows, as my OS is being carried over from a previous build that was store-purchased, so I don't have a Windows 7 disk. However, if I purchased Windows 8 and upgraded my OS would that be likely to fix the problem?
Thanks in advance for your advice!
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Just take out sound card and see what happens...

If systems responds then you know what soundcard is causing the problem.
.
1.If you used install disc then uninstall and reinstall with newest drivers from:
http://support.creative.com/kb/ShowArticle.aspx?sid=85612
2. Reseat soundcard which you did if you took out of your system.
3. Could be a bad soundcard..
Start with the simple things first before buying OS and thinking it
may help the problem smile.gif

Also if you followed Sean's guide I believe there is an option to disable system restore
if you want to with SSD to save space. You have had to turn it off system restore.
Edited by hyperkite - 3/16/13 at 9:33pm
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Ok, I did a repair/re-install of the Creative drivers and it didn't seem to improve things. BUT I did finish downloading and installing Bioshock 2 through Steam, and the problem seems to have gone away - after 2 hours of Bioshock, opening new programs works just as it did before I had this weird issue. So I guess it's a happy ending, even though this is a very strange occurrence, I've never had a game being downloaded through Steam ever slow down my PC like this before...
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Glad to see you up and running thumb.gif
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