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  • Hi all,

    I'm using a core2 duo 2.0GHz vostro 1500 laptop with a 4gb ram running a windows 7 64bit ultimate os. The harddrive is a 5400 rpm 120gb. Swap space is I guess 4gb. This hdd is 3 years old now and I know its pretty slow. My laptop boots up pretty slow, its like after I log into my account and the desktop shows, I cannot do much for like more then 2 or 3 minutes or so. Everything starts very slow, like live messenger, visual studio 2010 takes a lot of time loading and solution/project loading takes a lot of time also.

    If its all due to the hdd (because I believe there is nothing wrong with the 4gb ddr2 ram and the core 2 proc, they are all pretty good to run windows 7) its ok, but if its not then I want to get some guidance on being able to understand that if for few minutes the laptop was slow, what software exactly was taking all this time.

    I have ordered a sata 2 ssd, but still I want to diagnose and see whats going in.

    Plz advise.

    thanks.

    ..ab

     


    Ab
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 9:56 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    make sure you have the service Superfetch running and next try to speed up the boot with the help of my guide [1]. This trains the advanced prefetcher in Windows 7. This increase the boot performance a lot. All other tweaking tools are useless. Only use this method with this Microsoft Toolkit.

    If this doesn't speed up the boot process, follow my guide [2] to make a boot trace and compress the boot_BASE+CSWITCH+DRIVERS+POWER_1.etl as 7z or RAR and upload it to your Skydrive [3] and post the link here.

    I take a look at the trace, maybe I see what's wrong with your Windows.

    André

    [1] http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=140262
    [2] http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=140247
    [3] http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproui/thread/4fc10639-02db-4665-993a-08d865088d65
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    • Proposed as answer by Andre.Ziegler Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:20 PM
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:41 AM
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Try chkdsk or defrag.

    If you know anything about xperf, you can try to look for the processes with the most i/o, that are using >= normal i/o priority (not defender, search, or superfetch).  They'll probably all say 'svchost' though.

     

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:41 AM
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:19 PM

All replies

  • Honestly you probably have too many services running in the background. Run msconfig and trim down on the applications that run on startup, or reinstall windows. You should be able to get your computer to boot to desktop in under 2 minutes. Of course an SSD will help tremendously.
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 6:50 PM
  • Hi,

    make sure you have the service Superfetch running and next try to speed up the boot with the help of my guide [1]. This trains the advanced prefetcher in Windows 7. This increase the boot performance a lot. All other tweaking tools are useless. Only use this method with this Microsoft Toolkit.

    If this doesn't speed up the boot process, follow my guide [2] to make a boot trace and compress the boot_BASE+CSWITCH+DRIVERS+POWER_1.etl as 7z or RAR and upload it to your Skydrive [3] and post the link here.

    I take a look at the trace, maybe I see what's wrong with your Windows.

    André

    [1] http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=140262
    [2] http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=140247
    [3] http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproui/thread/4fc10639-02db-4665-993a-08d865088d65
    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    • Proposed as answer by Andre.Ziegler Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:20 PM
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:41 AM
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 7:30 PM
  • Try chkdsk or defrag.

    If you know anything about xperf, you can try to look for the processes with the most i/o, that are using >= normal i/o priority (not defender, search, or superfetch).  They'll probably all say 'svchost' though.

     

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Wednesday, January 26, 2011 3:41 AM
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:19 PM
  • Hi,

    thanks for the tips. The boot time seems to have improved, but the start of application times seem to be slower then the experience I remember from 32 bit windows 7. Its almost annoying. The disk keeps on making lil noise at the start. This installation of windows 7 64 bits is only a month old and has window TFS, vs 2010, sql express 2008, and the related software installed. I'll try to send you the file the you asked me to upload. I have turned off the windows defender, i dont keep anti virus software my pc is never effected (thats what I think :)).


    Ab
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 8:22 AM
  • The disk keeps on making lil noise at the start. This installation of windows 7 64 bits is only a month old and has window TFS, vs 2010, sql express 2008, and the related software installed.
    Hi,

    make a xperf trace [1] to diagnostic HDD activity while starting the applications. You can find an alternative download link for xperf/WPT in my topic on msfn [2]. Please upload the XperfSlowIOcir.etl to your SkyDrive [3] and post a link here.

    I'll take a look at it.

    André

    [1] http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ntdebugging/archive/2009/08/17/xperf-to-investigate-slow-i-o-issues.aspx
    [2] http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=146919
    [3] http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproui/thread/4fc10639-02db-4665-993a-08d865088d65

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code" CLIP- Stellvertreter http://www.winvistaside.de/
    Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:30 PM
  • I don’t recommend any third party programs to help other than malwarebytes, rkill, and ms security essentials.  I would first download rkill, run it, run malwarebytes full scan.  Check programs installed to and get rid of the junk like any toolbar, registry cleaner and odd looking programs.  Check your startup folder in the programs folder within the start button to make sure it is empty.  run msconfig.exe, go to the services tab, check the Hide all Microsoft services box (unless you want to disable tablet and smartcard services), uncheck services that waste memory, such as Google update, abobe services, Mozilla, any and ALL blank ones (that’s most likely spyware), macromedia, etc.. (I only leave iPod services, apple, mobile devices, bonjour service, and any needed licensing services running.  Then go to the startup tab.  Uncheck all unnecessary boxes; I only leave usb 3.0 monitor and Microsoft security client checked.  Click apply. And restart.  Run disk cleanup and clean as an administrator.  Run a disk defragmenter (windows tools are fine but dos is more thorough).  lastly to give the net speed a boost, run cmd as an administrator, then type "netsh winsock reset", wait, then type "ipconfig /flushdns", wait, then type "ipconfig /renew".

    The steps above will clean and renew how windows 7 runs better than originally installed and ANY factory preloaded software.  Once again, third party registry and cleanpc programs ARE NOT THE ANSWER, CLEAN PROGRAMMING IS THE BEST.

    Example:  Your house gets dirty; you clean it, not through rugs on top the mess.

    Also, whithin MSCONFIG, in the BOOT tab, change the timeout to 3 seconds, click the advanced options button and limit the # of processors to how many processors and/or cores your processesor has, limith the maximum memory to the amount of ram you have, checking it should calculate it automaticaly.   Lastly if you wanted to readjust the page file 3 the be set at 3 times the amount of ram you have that will help windows from constantly readjusting/calculating the swap.  hope this helps.

    Friday, June 1, 2012 1:40 AM