Within the past week when I have started my computer and typed in my password, the system seems to freeze momentarily and then a window pops open running C:\windows\system32\winsat.exe. This lasts for over a minute and proceeds to the desktop.
This has happened twice. Some of the testing in the window involves Direct X and then it starts checking items with encryption. I've already had to do a system reinstall once this year. Any suggestions?
WINSAT.EXE is the executable file name for Windows Assessment tool.
For some reason, the program is performing some tests on the system to evaluate the Windows Experience Index, but I cannot understand why it's running after the system boot.
You could use Autoruns (http://technet.microsoft.com/it-it/sysinternals/bb963902) to see if there's something configured to run automatically at the system startup that could be related
to that program and Process Explorer (http://technet.microsoft.com/it-it/sysinternals/bb896653) to see if the program is still running after the boot; you could also use Process Monitor
(http://technet.microsoft.com/it-it/sysinternals/bb896645) to perform a real time control over the activity of any process in the system (included this one).
Also take a look in the Windows logs under the Event viewer to see if there's any kind of record related to this program.
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