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While I am very satisfied with the overall performnace, a few application (notably the Offics suite and the Teamspeak 3 Client) lately take about 10 to 15 seconds to start. During this pause, no splash screen or wait cursor is shown and the disc activity indicator is not lit. The system just seems to just do noting during this time. This behavior is new; when the system was new, Excel started in a second.

What can I do to determine the cause of this slowdown?

I am running Windows 7 on an Core i5 with an Intel 320 series 160 GB SSD.

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look in task manager , is anything there like using a lot of cpu or ram during this time? if you have 2 ram sticks then try with just one then with just the other. – barlop Mar 19 '12 at 8:18
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One option is to use Process Monitor of the Sysinternals Suite and trace what's going on.

The author of Process Monitor has written a blog post about analyzing a slow process.

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Nice tool! I'll try that, thank you! – Jens Mar 19 '12 at 7:55
@Jens: any news on the troublemaker? – akira Mar 20 '12 at 7:42
Funnily enough, just looking at it has made him vanish. After bothering me for the last few weeks, I cannot get him to appear any more. But if he returns, I am now prepared, thanks! =) – Jens Mar 20 '12 at 8:00
@Jens: thats called a 'heisenbug' ( ) – akira Mar 20 '12 at 8:54

Just clean the logs at


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