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  I have Vista Home Premium (SP1) with 2GB Ram and 460GB on 2 hard drives with 3 partitions.  For many months my system has been slow booting up and restarting.  I have tried quite a few things to improve this but with no noticeable difference.  I am down to two programs loaded at startup for example but have looked at or changed other items with no result.  On booting, i notice that it takes two minutes to scroll through 19 screens of driver files and then another two minutes to get to asking for the password.  It is almost seven minutes before i can open anything.  Is this normal or am i missing something?  Any suggestions?  tks,


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by:Tuxx
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Is it Service Pack 1? It did the same thing to my laptop.
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  Not really.  It was slow from the day i got it (Feb. 1/07) and it became gradually a liitle slower.
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by:jobox11
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 Thanks for the lead.  It will take me awhile to digest and try some of the suggestions.  I had already disabled "Superfetch" for example.  However, unless i can do something about the two minutes it takes to load the driver files it might be hard to see improvement.  I,m reading that when a service is disabled it will be re-enabled at the next reboot so i,m going to follow through on the suggestion to disable them in a manner that hey wont come back unless specifically re-enabled.  I had already scoured "Autoruns".  I saw in system info some files listed under "Windows startup" that aren,t in msconfig.  They are obscure items that i am investigating.  So, it,s not like i haven,t tried anything but the seven minutes it takes to reboot is looking hard to shorten but i will try some more.
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1. Click on Start
2. Click Run
3. Type services.msc
4. Select the Service and Double click on it.
Select Disable under Startup Type.
5. Click Stop
6. Click OK

That will let you shut off the services so that when you reboot, they won't startup again.
You can also press F8 before booting and enable boot with logging, and look within the log file for anything that my be causing a problem.

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 In the last few minutes i experimented in services with "ReadyBoost" which i had on manual, I had tried i but didn,t notice any difference so i removed it. In 'properties' i changed manual to disabled and clicked 'apply' and 'o.k.'.  I then restarted (six minutes) and and saw that "ReadyBoost" was still on disabled.  I also diaabled a few others with the same method while i was there.  In spite of having used "Black Viper" for my initial services setup. i might be able to disable a few more (one at a time) since i am now more familiar and comfortable in this area and this looks like it might be a place to shave a big handful of seconds off restart.  Will keep you posted.  
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good luck, let me know if there's anything you need help researching or suggestions.
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 I went into Event Viewer Windows perf diagnostics and saw that event id#100 was frequent.  I had given up on event view er in the past because invariably to click to help provided no answer.  It never occurred to me to post in google. I now did that and got an answer from Technet that i had PNRP disabled when it shld be automatic.  I also had a message from Microsoft that some drivers were causing a slow restart.  These are ATI drivers for my video card (also the cause of my exp index being 4.2 instead of higher) and i am attaching snapshots of the messages.  I dread calling ATI.  Aside from the long wait and my age, i barely get answers from them and they once led me into a crash.  That,s all beside the point but do you have some thought on my deleting these drivers.  Also, i notice that the 19 screens of loading drivers are all msft sys drivers, so it looks like it is probably third-party drivers and some more tooling in services that might improve things.  Incidentally, after re-enabling PNRP and restarting, the time was just a tad over 5 minutes.
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 I forgot to attach the snapshots of the msft messages.
ATI-Driver.JPG
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 the webpage expired before i cld add the other snapshot.
ATI-Drivers.JPG
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There are some other factors that may slow it down. 5 minutes is still an excessive time however.
Have you removed your temp files?
Is your hard drive a 5400 or 7200 RPM drive?
How much RAM?
Just some other ideas....
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 I remove my temp files every day with CCleaner.  Hard drive is 7200 RPM.  Have 2GB of RAM but looks like it shld be 3GB.  I,m pretty well thru for the day but i will follow up on the site you mentioned tomorrow..  The meat is in the comment lower down by "Smiley".  tks for now.
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  I wrote a final summation and comment but forgot to click the submit button.
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SO glad you solved it. In a nutshell, what was it?
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by:jobox11
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 In a nutshell there are apparently 101 reasons for slow start.  I have mine down to 5 min but i have some things going that shld perhaps shave another minute off it which i cld live with. For example,  viewing boot log, i see that there are three drivers that don,t load which will need researching.  Also, in Services, i.m sure there are a few more that can be disabled.  So that,s why i had in my comment that after awhile i might have further questions in this area. However, i did shave some time off the restart from the article you recommended.  Tks again.
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Thanks for letting me know.....good luck with it.
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