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I have an i7-3930K with 32GB RAM, using 256GB SSD, running Win 7 Ultimate.

It takes 8 seconds to open notepad after going

Win+r -> notepad -> enter

Why is this so SLOW? WTF?

Don't suggest virus/malware please.

EDIT: understood this is hard to answer. So perhaps we could answer how to troubleshoot? I am looking at taskmgr / resource monitor and nothing looks unusual (cpu hardly being used, 10% memory usage). Plenty of space on SSD.

Taskmgr opens instantly.

cmd opens in about 8 seconds too. so irritating.

Edit: both take same time to open as shortcut/exe.

EDIT: After reboot- they are now opening instantly. So what could it have been? Should I be worried? Is it likely to be the health of my primary SSD drive? What could I do to test the SSD drive performance???

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closed as unclear what you're asking by Sathya Feb 14 at 17:12

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It's very difficult to answer this in any meaningful way. If I had to hazard a guess... is your drive nearly full or heavily used? SSDs can have IO problems if not taken care of. –  Marcus Chan Feb 1 '13 at 5:54
    
Hmm. Does notepad open quickly if run from the .exe or from a shortcut? –  Marcus Chan Feb 1 '13 at 6:11
    
Use Process Monitor to see what is slow: channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Defrag-Tools/…, channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Defrag-Tools/… –  magicandre1981 Feb 1 '13 at 6:42
    
Could your SSD have switched from DMA to PIO somehow? Probably not, but I can't think of anything else... –  Mehrdad Feb 1 '13 at 7:33

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I had a similar issue and changed the contents of the "Start in" field from %HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH% to the explicit path of My Documents in every known shotcut (Desktop, taskbar, start menu). Since then, Notepad opens instantly.

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