Slow startup after system restore

September 6, 2008 at 07:24:31
Specs: Vista, 2gz, 2gb ram
I was working on my girlfriend's laptop and determined that we needed to perform a system restore. The restore seemed to work well for its intended purposes; however, now, when we log in to Vista, the it takes a while to start up, taking a minute or so at the welcome screen before actually loading the desktop, and then taking another minute to load once it gets to the desktop.

Before the system restore, it loaded very quickly with no issues. I don't have the specs off the top of my head, but I believe the system has 2gb ram and close to a 2.0ghz pentium processor.

Any thoughts?


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September 6, 2008 at 10:58:10
Here is my list of things that could be responsible, they may not all apply to you:

1. Indexing takes a day or so to settle down on a new Vista computer.

2. Positive steps that you can take are to turn off ‘automatic defragmentation’ and stop Windows Defender from scanning. Also, your antivirus program may be scanning at boot time.

3. Try Microsoft’s Process Explorer. There is an explanation and a link to Microsoft’s site here,189...
The site itself is here

4. I don’t agree with all of these speed improvement tips but you may find something that looks familiar, read through the list here and/or here

5. To check if a particular program is slowing the machine when you switch on, e.g. an antivirus program, go to Control Panel > Classic View > Performance Information and Tools > Advanced Tools in the left pane. On this screen the problem is sometimes shown. If not, click View Performance Details in Event Log (Event Viewer). Events in the 100 series are boot events. These can be followed by double-clicking them, then clicking Event Log Online at the bottom.

Lots of information on Event Viewer

Another thing to check when you have a slow boot is that no external drives have media in them. If they have, experiment by booting with it inserted and without. If you have a built-in card reader remove the little plastic cover that protects the slot.

6. The program Startups.exe contains a list of programs that are either needed at startup, not needed at startup, optional at startup or contain malware, download it here and then run it, allowing space on the screen to run the msconfig program window alongside it.

Click the Windows Orb (Start), type msconfig and press Enter. Go to the StartUp Tab and make a note of all programs that have a tick against them. These are the programs that startup when the computer is switched on. Type the names into a search in the Startups program and then in msconfig‘s StartUp Tab, remove the ticks from those programs you don’t want to run when you start the computer. Don’t remove the ticks from any that you are unsure about or which appear in StartUps as essential (identified with a Y in the leftmost column). When you’ve finished removing the ticks, close msconfig and let the computer reboot. You will get a reminder that you’re running Selective Startup, just tick ’Don’t show this again’ or similar wording.

Windows Defender can also be used instead of msconfig to identify which programs are loaded at start up and two other programs can be used instead of Startups.exe. They are Startup Inspector from here and Autoruns from here

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September 6, 2008 at 11:03:25
Thank you very much for your comprehensive list. I appreciate the time you put into your recommendations. I will try them out and provide you with some feedback as to my results.

Thanks again!

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