Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Windows 7 taking forever to boot
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Windows 7 taking forever to boot

post #1 of 2
Thread Starter 
I've been running Windows 7 on my laptop for some time now. Initially, it booted up in 40 seconds (not counting POST), never making the "20 second" boot time that some people claim to get. However, it's been getting worse.

Now, it takes about 5 minutes to get to a "ready" desktop, assuming I swipe my fingerprint as soon as the login screen comes up, and this does not include the 30-second POST time. By "ready", I mean that my icons, taskbar, gadgets, and ObjectDock are loaded.

Even after it's at the "ready" desktop, programs still remain unresponsive for 2-3 minutes. Resource Monitor shows disk usage being at 100% at this time, and the HDD light is on constantly, though there isn't any one process hogging all of the disk resources.

Specs are as follows: 4GB DDR2-800 RAM, Intel Core Duo T2300 1.66GHz, 80GB 5400RPM HDD, Intel GMA 950 @ 1440x900. I defragment my hard drive regularly (using Auslogics) and it doesn't do much.

What gives? What should I do to improve the current situation (besides a reinstall)?
The Beast
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E5-1650 v2 ASUS P9X79-E WS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 32GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force GT Corsair H110i Windows 10 Professional HP LP2480zx 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K95 RGB with Brown switches Corsair RM1000i Corsair Obsidian 750D Logitech MX Master 
AudioOther
Cambridge Audio DACMagic Mellanox ConnectX2 10Gbps 
  hide details  
Reply
The Beast
(14 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Xeon E5-1650 v2 ASUS P9X79-E WS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 32GB DDR3 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force GT Corsair H110i Windows 10 Professional HP LP2480zx 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Corsair K95 RGB with Brown switches Corsair RM1000i Corsair Obsidian 750D Logitech MX Master 
AudioOther
Cambridge Audio DACMagic Mellanox ConnectX2 10Gbps 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 2
I would look at several things, in this order.
  1. Go to the Programs control panel and sort by "installed date". See if anything has been installed that you do not remember installing. Sometimes malware/spyware installs itself and does this sort of thing, so if you see something you don't recognize, investigate. Sometimes they will disguise themselves by imitating then name of a real program, or by not showing any information at all. Be suspicious of any program not listing the company name, version, install folder, things like that, when there are a lot of blanks, are warnings signs that it's a bogus program. BleepingComputer.com is a good website to investigate these types of problems, and if you do think it's a spyware/malware issue, they can walk you through the entire process of cleaning your system, for free, and they're very helpful.
  2. I realize you defragment your hard drive regularly, but before you do so, delete both your pagefile and all System Restore files, many the latter can get badly fragmented, though why they would slow down startup isn't clear to me. Personally I use Diskeeper, but the included defrag program in Windows 7 isn't bad but Auslogics version is very good, too, as is the "contig" tool included in the Sysinternals download from Microsoft.
  3. Go to All Programs/Startup, and see if there is something in there that shouldn't be. If you have an ATI graphics card, you can remove the Catalyst Control Center (or CCC) from the startup folder, there's no need for it and it definitely delays a ready desktop (but not by 5 minutes) so that wouldn't be the sole reason for this.
  4. Go to Device Manager and see if anything has a yellow ! by it, and either update the driver, or uninstall, if it's something that shouldn't be there.
  5. Go to Disk Management (Administrative Tools\\Computer Management) and see if any drives are showing up that shouldn't be, or if they aren't what you expect.
  6. Run Chkdsk on your system drive and any other drive that might have a pagefile.
I hope one or more of these helps! That's a real drag, having a slow startup. Good luck.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Windows
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Windows › Windows 7 taking forever to boot