HELP PLEASE!! Windows 7 Really Slow Start Up

34 replies
Found 25th Nov 2010
Hi all,

I have had my laptop for about six weeks and already Windows 7(64 bit) is starting up really slowly. Can anyone sugguest anything to increase the speed? It currently takes about 3-4 minutes to boot everything.

Is it a case of looking in Task Manager to see how many processes are running?

Also, my task manager view has changed, does anyone know how I can change it back? It currently looks like the pic in the first post.

Thanks everyone

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Original Poster

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m306/steveaitken/tm.jpg

Oh many programs do you have to start on boot?
How much ram do you have?
Have you recently installed big programs like a games, Adobe products etc?

Get rid of McAfee and go with something like Kaspersky (uses less ram).
Edited by: "ade2j" 25th Nov 2010

Do you have anything plugged in including USB ,memory cards or a Disc in the drive,

Original Poster

ade2j

Oh many programs do you have to start on boot? How do I find this out? … Oh many programs do you have to start on boot? How do I find this out? From Task Manager?How much ram do you have? 4GB.Have you recently installed big programs like a games, Adobe products etc?I have Football Manager 2011, Adobe Photoshop CS3, Get rid of McAfee and go with something like Kaspersky (uses less ram).

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tonyg1962

Do you have anything plugged in including USB ,memory cards or a Disc in … Do you have anything plugged in including USB ,memory cards or a Disc in the drive,



I don't have anything in the disc drive, I do have a dongle for a usb mouse plugged in.

Happysteveo

I don't have anything in the disc drive, I do have a dongle for a usb … I don't have anything in the disc drive, I do have a dongle for a usb mouse plugged in.


Just try restarting without the dongle.

Original Poster

tonyg1962

Just try restarting without the dongle.



Will do.

Original Poster

Okay, just rebooted without the mouse dongle plugged in, it took 2 mins 50 seconds to load up fully.

Original Poster

I have 106 processes in task manager, is this a lot?

Go to>>> Start>Run>msconfig>startup

All the things that are ticked load on startup, around 70% of the things are unnecessary. If you are unsure of what to 'untick' then go to THIS WEBSITE and search for the application so you know whether it is safe to disable or not.

Once you have disabled unnecessary, click on>>> apply>then reset your computer and see if it speeds up.

krazie2004

Go to StartRunmsconfigstartupAll the things that are ticked load on … Go to>>> Start>Run>msconfig>startupAll the things that are ticked load on startup, around 70% of the things are unnecessary. If you are unsure of what to 'untick' then go to THIS WEBSITE and search for the application so you know whether it is safe to disable or not.Once you have disabled unnecessary, click on>>> apply>then reset your computer and see if it speeds up.



Just started typing this Great advice.

Original Poster

Thanks krazie2004, just done what you said, it then took 2 mins 30 secs to boot.

Original Poster

Cheers ade2j.

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krazie2004

Go to StartRunmsconfigstartupAll the things that are ticked load on … Go to>>> Start>Run>msconfig>startupAll the things that are ticked load on startup, around 70% of the things are unnecessary. If you are unsure of what to 'untick' then go to THIS WEBSITE and search for the application so you know whether it is safe to disable or not.Once you have disabled unnecessary, click on>>> apply>then reset your computer and see if it speeds up.


A sure fire way to completely muck your system up imo

no way are 70% of the processes unnecessary!

Original Poster

csiman

A sure fire way to completely muck your system up imono way are 70% of … A sure fire way to completely muck your system up imono way are 70% of the processes unnecessary!



I saw quite a few things on the list which I recognised and knew I didn't need.

Also, for those who don't want to do the above, use CCleaner, then go into Tools, then Startup, there you can choose which programs you don't want to start at Startup.

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Happysteveo

I saw quite a few things on the list which I recognised and knew I didn't … I saw quite a few things on the list which I recognised and knew I didn't need.


A few doesnt equal 70%

Comodo system cleaner is a better option

Happysteveo

...Also, my task manager view has changed, does anyone know how I can … ...Also, my task manager view has changed, does anyone know how I can change it back? It currently looks like the pic in the first post.



Double-click the area to the left of the [Services...] button to reinstate the Windows titlebar [EDIT] and "Task Manager" menu options [/EDIT].

BFN,

fp.
Edited by: "fanpages" 25th Nov 2010

Original Poster

Thanks fanpages, csiman and Predikuesi.

Original Poster

Just used the Comodo system cleaner, now down to 2 mins 20 secs.

Banned

Happysteveo

Just used the Comodo system cleaner, now down to 2 mins 20 secs.


surely you can start using the laptop without having to wait for everything to finish loading up.

I would stop mcafee from autostarting and then time it........

csiman

surely you can start using the laptop without having to wait for … surely you can start using the laptop without having to wait for everything to finish loading up. I would stop mcafee from autostarting and then time it........



Agreed Mcafee is a killer, as is Norton.

Original Poster

but if McAfee doesn't autostart and I go online I wont be protected, will I?

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Happysteveo

but if McAfee doesn't autostart and I go online I wont be protected, will … but if McAfee doesn't autostart and I go online I wont be protected, will I?


just switch windows firewall on

this will protect you from attack

then put on a decent free Antivirus like microsoft security essentials (NOT AVG!).

then uninstall that bloatware from mcafee

Original Poster

csiman

just switch windows firewall onthis will protect you from attackthen put … just switch windows firewall onthis will protect you from attackthen put on a decent free Antivirus like microsoft security essentials (NOT AVG!).then uninstall that bloatware from mcafee



Okay, have done that. Didn't make a difference though.

csiman

surely you can start using the laptop without having to wait for … surely you can start using the laptop without having to wait for everything to finish loading up. I would stop mcafee from autostarting and then time it........


And then uninstall it....

Original Poster

thanks deek, done that.

what's the specs of the laptop as removing stuff can only go so far if you have an underpowered laptop,

Original Poster

faevilangel

what's the specs of the laptop as removing stuff can only go so far if … what's the specs of the laptop as removing stuff can only go so far if you have an underpowered laptop,



Operating System
MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
CPU
Intel Core i5 450M @ 2.40GHz 39 °C
Arrandale 32nm Technology
RAM
4.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 532MHz (7-7-7-20)
Motherboard
Dell Inc. 0874P6 (U2E1)
Graphics
Generic PnP Monitor @ 1366x768
ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5470
Hard Drives
488GB Seagate ST9500325AS (SATA) 39 °C
Optical Drives
TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-T633C
QFOJKBK 0PI78HQFOD SCSI CdRom Device
Audio
IDT High Definition Audio CODEC

ok specs look good, so you must have some real crap on the laptop.

Download Ccleaner and run all of there tools and it will remove all the crap, then uninstall anything on there that you don't need / use.

Original Poster

faevilangel

ok specs look good, so you must have some real crap on the … ok specs look good, so you must have some real crap on the laptop.Download Ccleaner and run all of there tools and it will remove all the crap, then uninstall anything on there that you don't need / use.



thanks. did the registry thing and the uninstaller.

Really, try this. I know csiman doesn't agree but my family are all technophobes and I do it regularly on theirs with no ill effects.

Type 'msconfig' in search bar then start it. Select startup tab then disable everything. Then just re- enable your anti virus only. Then restart. You can't do any harm by doing this and if it doesn't significantly speed up your machine ill jump head first out of my bedroom window and get my gremlin to post the results in this thread.
Remember, anything you disabled can easily be re- enabled

I'm assuming you have got rid of macaffee now and installed Microsoft security essentials?



Original Poster

deek72

Really, try this. I know csiman doesn't agree but my family are all … Really, try this. I know csiman doesn't agree but my family are all technophobes and I do it regularly on theirs with no ill effects.Type 'msconfig' in search bar then start it. Select startup tab then disable everything. Then just re- enable your anti virus only. Then restart. You can't do any harm by doing this and if it doesn't significantly speed up your machine ill jump head first out of my bedroom window and get my gremlin to post the results in this thread.Remember, anything you disabled can easily be re- enabled I'm assuming you have got rid of macaffee now and installed Microsoft security essentials?



Yeah McAfee is gone, Microsoft Security Essentials is on. Did what you said, just left Anti Virus(and msn messenger) on, brought time down to 1 min 45 secs! wooopa.

Original Poster

dcx_badass

That laptops as good if not better than my desktop and I boot in under a … That laptops as good if not better than my desktop and I boot in under a min, should still be faster.



Thanks, just timed it again, its at 1 min 20 secs.
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