I have a Windows desktop that was fast on startup until I encrypted the hard disk with TrueCrypt. Now it takes maybe around 3 minutes to startup after I type in my key. Then when my desktop appears, it still takes a while before I can even do anything. All normal operations are slow from then on. From the time I type in my key to the time I can just open my firefox is about 6 minutes, sometimes more.
Windows 7 Home Premium AMD Phenom II Quad-Core 8GB RAM 300GB SATA HDD.
This computer was re-purposed into a banking only computer so I don't do anything demanding but it just drags. Nothing is set to startup at boot other than my antivirus. Since I don't play games or do anything special on it, is there anything I can do to speed it up by disabling certain unneeded features/services? Already did away with the Aero thing. This was a fresh reinstall once I re-purposed it and then added the encryption. System is clean with no malware and this is a legitimate Windows install from a Microsoft disc. I would like somewhat of a barebones Windows setup. Thanks.