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This has been a persistent problem as long as I can remember on this computer. At the screen that says 'Starting Windows,' it takes an extremely long time to load before the Windows flag appears and then the logon screen. By now I should've mentioned I run Windows 7.

I don't understand why it takes so long to load Windows?

Logging in and running Skype, Trillian, anti-virus, TweetDeck, mIRC, and two browsers as well as loads of gadgets takes like two seconds. I'm thinking it's something with the RAM or mobo; those are relatively old. Could it be any peripherals I have? Is there anything I can do to quicken it up?

My specs:

AMD Phenom II X6 1090T hexacore @ 3.5 GHz
MSI K9A2 Platinum 790FX (not V2) 
2x OCZ PC2-6400 1 GB
2x OCZ PC2-6400 2 GB (total 6 GB RAM)
AMD Radeon HD5770  (HD6770)
Crucial C300 128 GB SSD 375/155 MB read/write (OS drive)
I've got three other HDDs totaling 1 TB of space

asked Sep 13 '11 at 00:33

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closed Feb 17 '13 at 12:04

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Tim Fontana

The question has been closed for the following reason "Problem is not reproducible or outdated" by Tim Fontana Feb 17 '13 at 12:04

Windows 7 takes just 15-17 seconds to boot up on my (C2D 2.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM) system while Vista not less than 20. Still, you can increase the boot time performance of Windows 7 & Vista using this simple trick.

I'm also going to assume you have removed unnecessary start up programs and so on....

Although you can tweak other settings such as services and startup items, we are focusing on a single tip in your post.

You should keep up with microsoft newsletters as they mentioned the importance of this tweak in their KB959233 article recently. So this this isn't hard or sketchy

if you are running multicore processor with Windows 7 or Vista as the operating system then this will work .

  1. Type “msconfig” (without quotes) in Vista or Windows 7 start menu search box and hit enter.
  2. Click Continue if you get a UAC prompt.By default, you won’t get a UAC prompt in Windows 7.
  3. Navigate to “Boot” tab and click on “Advanced options” button.
  4. Check the box named “Number of processors” and also select the number of processors from the drop down box.
  5. Click “Ok” and restart to see the time difference.
  6. You are done.

answered Sep 13 '11 at 01:40

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edited Sep 13 '11 at 01:42

I've tried that trick and I didn't notice any difference at all.. from the 'starting windows' prompt to the four balls forming the flag appears it takes 20 seconds. On my brother's computer running off a HDD with overall lower specs completes it in like 3 seconds.

(Sep 13 '11 at 01:50) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

thanks for that tip dude! i recently got a quad core hp and it used to take well over a minute and 10 seconds to boot for some reason, but now with a 4 processors enabled it boots in 40 seconds. i remember hearing about that before, but i forgot about it.

(Sep 13 '11 at 14:28) firebirdtransam firebirdtransam's gravatar image

Does cores = processors? I'm guessing so.

(Sep 14 '11 at 02:14) DanielHep DanielHep's gravatar image

Try using some of the tips listed here: How to speed up pc

But a reinstall might be your best bet

answered Feb 15 '13 at 13:45

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edited Feb 15 '13 at 13:46

What are the computer's specs?

answered Sep 13 '11 at 00:46

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the specs are in the question

(Sep 13 '11 at 00:52) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

Word of advice: If you decided to upgraded your 1.4ghz and 512mb of ram computer that was running XP to Windows 7, it's probably best to switch back to XP.

answered Sep 13 '11 at 22:39

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what do that have to do with anything? xD

(Sep 14 '11 at 01:51) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

Try reinstalling Windows.

answered Sep 14 '11 at 10:15

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Billy Aoki

it was no different when it as freshly installed. I've ordered some parts to see if it gets any better^^

(Sep 14 '11 at 14:09) Yarvaxea Yarvaxea's gravatar image

Try creating a new user profile and seeing if that profile takes as long to boot. If it does not, you have too much stuff on your regular profile, maybe you should consider uninstalling some stuff.

answered Sep 14 '11 at 17:12

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Like DDC said, you may be better off saving anything important to an external drive and doing a clean install. Windows shouldn't be slow on those specs.

answered Feb 16 '13 at 18:57

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edited Feb 16 '13 at 18:58

Hows your storage set up? Is the OS on the SSD or just the programs

answered Feb 17 '13 at 11:12

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