My laptop with Windows 7 Professional takes too long to show the Welcome Screen or even shut down. Sometimes it even take about 10 minutes to shut down, and on start-up takes about the same time for the login screen to appear.

I've disabled all all non-services application on the start up, with little effect.

  • If you're wondering why this is getting voted closed and moved to SU, please read the FAQ for this site, and SuperUser. – mfinni Oct 24 '12 at 14:54
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    Is this noticeably slower than it used to be? When did it start getting slow? Did something change (install new software, replace hardware, etc)? If nothing changed then it's likely just signs of the system getting well-used, such as lots of junk in registry, lots of file fragments, etc. – allquixotic Oct 24 '12 at 17:33
  • Sounds normal to me. I don't startup/shutdown mine anymore except for software update forced reboots because Windows 7 is so insanely slow (even on an SSD). I disable hybrid sleep, enable hibernation, and use that instead. – Brian Knoblauch May 20 '13 at 17:05
  • For Shutdown: Instead of troubleshooting it, here's a tip: REGEDIT then go to \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management - find the key ClearPageFile at Shutdown and set it to 0. It can make a big difference. Also, HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control - find key WaitToKillServiceTimeout and set it to 1000. Those two changes may change you mind about asking why. – SDsolar Sep 15 '17 at 19:17

When asked by friends & family to clean up their machine and improve start-up performance, I have a general checklist of the programs I bring along. Usually I have a pre-installed copy of Liberkey on USB, but PortableApps works too, and I use these programs to create a "repair drive" that is very portable and can easily be imaged onto a flash drive for the other user if they need to address any issues in the future. Here is my primary list in order of execution (though you do not have to run in this order - it's just my preference to catch everything):

  1. PC Decrapifier - A good start to catch crapware that may have never been removed from the computer after purchase.
  2. Revo Uninstaller - Hand pick your programs to uninstall and you can be sure all of the excess crap is removed from the registry or start menu.
  3. CCleaner - Mentioned in a previous answer. At this point you can clean up any other garbage left behind from uninstalls. Also has a start-up tab that will allow you to turn on/off any unnecessary start-up applications. I mean, you REALLY don't need Adobe or even Java Updater to go off automatically on boot - these are things you should run as-needed if you need that extra power just to get going.
  4. Soluto - An alternative to picking & choosing your start-up applications with CCleaner is using Soluto to optimize the whole process for you. It goes beyond just start-up, and addresses things that may slow down normal tasks such as browser extensions. Also, you have the ability now to remotely assist another user with the application installed via your own browser at home. It's not like VNC or remote desktop - it is just a way to quickly monitor their current performance and see if they may have unknowingly re-crapified their machine later.
  5. msconfig - Utilized via start menu or run command. This is probably the advanced version of items #3 & #4 above. If you don't feel comfortable tweaking your core Windows installation, then stay away from this.
  6. services.msc - Same precaution as msconfig - don't touch these services if you're not informed on what they do or you could really do the opposite of helping. However, Black Viper has a pretty awesome breakdown of every single tedious thing your Windows services may be doing (or not doing) so you can decide to stop or delay each one (could be 100's) in order to help general performance. He has even provided several suggested setups based on your version of Windows & whether you're going all-out barebones or prefer a more conservative Windows operation.

I think these are the basics. Obviously you could spend your life tweaking the machine, and people do that too. However, I'm just a computer hobbyist/philanthropist that likes to donate a couple hours to my friends if they're having Windows crises. Hope this helps as a start.

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If you have already disabled all start-up applications you could also try to disable non-Windows services (or even some Windows services as long as you know what you're doing). Moreover, you should check your computer for viruses. It is also recommended to defragment the disc. Try also using some program like CCleaner to clean up your computer.

With all this you should notice a significant improvement in performance. If you don't, I think you'd better format it.

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  • I did try CCleaner, don't know whats wrong, will try to remove some Applications and if doesent work maybe format it. Because i've tryed all of the above – alculete Oct 25 '12 at 7:18

My laptop also took too long to start (more than 2 minutes). And in my case, the reason is that the User Profiles file became huge (larger than 1 GB) after some years. So my fix is:

  • Create a new Windows account
  • Delete the old
  • Login/use the account already created
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  • How do you migrate all your files? Besides, I mean, from flash drives and cloud storage. – SarahofGaia Jul 30 '15 at 17:25
  • @SarahofGaia Are you talking about the files in My Documents,...? If so, you can manually migrate. For my part, I never have saved file in that so i didn't migrate! – Tuan Jul 30 '15 at 18:17
  • No, just files period. Doesn't matter where you saved them. Just assume you don't have a flash drive and you don't want to use cloud services: is there any way for you to migrate your data over to the new Windows profile before you delete the old? – SarahofGaia Jul 30 '15 at 18:23
  • I did delete permanently the old one without migrating, and then start creating a new one! – Tuan Jul 30 '15 at 18:48
  • I did exactly this, but migrated a few things like Google Earth placemarks. It made a big difference. – SDsolar Sep 15 '17 at 19:17

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