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ariftwister

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Hello Guys.
I'm Using Lenovo ideapad Y500 (single GT650M version)
CPU: I7 3rd Gen
RAM: 8GB
GPU: Single GT650M 2GB VRAM
STORAGE: 1TB HDD

After using my laptop more than 6 months it became slow to boot and slow to start-up (desktop settling) and sometimes right-click on a item took 20 seconds. I had installed lot of softwares and games. So I decided to install fresh copy of 8.1 at first it was fast and quicker as it should be. After a day I installed chrome, office 13, idm, utorrent and my laptop became slow as before.
After I press power Button it takes 1m for Lenovo logo to appear (before it was like 5 sec) and the booting process takes very longer than usual. [ Sleep and hibernate are faster like before]

So how to find which software is delaying the boot?

Thanks in advance
Arif
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Ideapad Y500
    CPU
    i7-3632QM
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GT650M 2GB DDR5
    Screen Resolution
    1980 X 1080
    Internet Speed
    256 kbps
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

CountMike

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD

ariftwister

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You can try this one : Download BootRacer - Test your Windows boot speed
Check also autostarting programs thru "Msconfig" and time to connect to internet.

Thanks for your suggestion. BootRacer is really helpful. I managed to disable some softwares and boot time is improved.

But still Restart takes time (not boot time) the time before Lenovo logo appears and start to boot is very longer.
Even complete shutdown takes time (GUI is turned of within 10 secs but my power light and keyboard light takes much much longer to turn off which indicates full shutdown)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Ideapad Y500
    CPU
    i7-3632QM
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GT650M 2GB DDR5
    Screen Resolution
    1980 X 1080
    Internet Speed
    256 kbps
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Dorlan2001

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Member
Maybe that is a driver issue, but I'm not entirely sure about that... maybe your PC is wiping pagefile.sys at Shutdown?
My HP had that issue because I had enabled that option, but I don't actually think that is the cause.

Have you disabled unnecessary services at startup??? Having less services at startup will decrease boot time and probably speed up a little Shutdowns. (for security reasons if you're going to disable a service, always put it in Manual startup rather than completely killing it).
Hope this helps! :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 8.1 Update Pro with Media Center/Windows Technical Preview [All 64-bit]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion g6-1d85nr Notebook PC
    CPU
    AMD A4-3305M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 169B
    Memory
    4GB Ramaxel DDR3 RAM 1.33 GHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6480G
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500 GB Toshiba HDD MQ01ABD050 ATA Device
    Internet Speed
    1 Mb/s Download & 400 Kb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11 [default]/ Pale Moon [64-bit]
    Antivirus
    MS System Center Endpoint Protection

ariftwister

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Maybe that is a driver issue, but I'm not entirely sure about that... maybe your PC is wiping pagefile.sys at Shutdown?
My HP had that issue because I had enabled that option, but I don't actually think that is the cause.

Have you disabled unnecessary services at startup??? Having less services at startup will decrease boot time and probably speed up a little Shutdowns. (for security reasons if you're going to disable a service, always put it in Manual startup rather than completely killing it).
Hope this helps! :)

Is there any safe list to stop some services. ? I don't wanna disable any vital service.

A strange thing happened while ago, I disabled an Intel app in start-up tab in task manager. Instead of speeding up my boot time it increased my boot time very much. So I had to enable it back for faster start-up. Why is the reverse happening here in my case?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Ideapad Y500
    CPU
    i7-3632QM
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GT650M 2GB DDR5
    Screen Resolution
    1980 X 1080
    Internet Speed
    256 kbps
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

Dorlan2001

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Is there any safe list to stop some services. ? I don't wanna disable any vital service.

This guy put a very detailed list of all the services that can be disabled on Windows 8.1 and a explanation of those.
» Black Viper?s Windows 8.1 Service Configurations

Actually disabling an application to run at startup should give more stable/faster booting times, but sometimes if they are related to drivers it may slow down computers (doesn't happen on AMD chipsets though). You should only enable running at startup the services/apps that you mostly need and that includes toolbars, context menus and other things.

Let me know if those helped a little! :D
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 8.1 Update Pro with Media Center/Windows Technical Preview [All 64-bit]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion g6-1d85nr Notebook PC
    CPU
    AMD A4-3305M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 169B
    Memory
    4GB Ramaxel DDR3 RAM 1.33 GHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6480G
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500 GB Toshiba HDD MQ01ABD050 ATA Device
    Internet Speed
    1 Mb/s Download & 400 Kb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11 [default]/ Pale Moon [64-bit]
    Antivirus
    MS System Center Endpoint Protection

Dorlan2001

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This guy put a very detailed list of all the services that can be disabled on Windows 8.1 and a explanation of those.
» Black Viper?s Windows 8.1 Service Configurations

Actually disabling an application to run at startup should give more stable/faster booting times, but sometimes if they are related to drivers it may slow down computers (doesn't happen on AMD chipsets though). You should only enable running at startup the services/apps that you mostly need and that includes toolbars, context menus and other things.

Let me know if those helped a little! :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 8.1 Update Pro with Media Center/Windows Technical Preview [All 64-bit]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion g6-1d85nr Notebook PC
    CPU
    AMD A4-3305M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 169B
    Memory
    4GB Ramaxel DDR3 RAM 1.33 GHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6480G
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500 GB Toshiba HDD MQ01ABD050 ATA Device
    Internet Speed
    1 Mb/s Download & 400 Kb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11 [default]/ Pale Moon [64-bit]
    Antivirus
    MS System Center Endpoint Protection

ariftwister

New Member
This guy put a very detailed list of all the services that can be disabled on Windows 8.1 and a explanation of those.
» Black Viper?s Windows 8.1 Service Configurations

Actually disabling an application to run at startup should give more stable/faster booting times, but sometimes if they are related to drivers it may slow down computers (doesn't happen on AMD chipsets though). You should only enable running at startup the services/apps that you mostly need and that includes toolbars, context menus and other things.

Let me know if those helped a little! :D

Great.. Thanks for The Link.. I will go through the link and disable some of the unwanted services.
Also You mentioned About
"maybe your PC is wiping pagefile.sys at Shutdown?"
So Can that be true in my case ? How to Check it?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Ideapad Y500
    CPU
    i7-3632QM
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GT650M 2GB DDR5
    Screen Resolution
    1980 X 1080
    Internet Speed
    256 kbps
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

ariftwister

New Member
Hey My Problem is Solved. Thank You for your Help :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Ideapad Y500
    CPU
    i7-3632QM
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GT650M 2GB DDR5
    Screen Resolution
    1980 X 1080
    Internet Speed
    256 kbps
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

padfoot

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7
    Motherboard
    Asus P4-Z77v-LK
    Memory
    Apeacer 2x4GB/1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    On Board (2GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    AData SX910 SSD (128GB),
    Western Digital (2TB),
    Western Digital (1TB),
    Western Digital (320GB),
    Western Digital (1TB, Ext.),
    Samsung (1TB, Ext.)
    PSU
    Green 580W
    Keyboard
    A4Tech
    Mouse
    A4Tech
    Internet Speed
    2Mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    McAfee VirusScan+AntiSpyware Enterprise v8.8

Dorlan2001

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Ultimate/Windows 8.1 Update Pro with Media Center/Windows Technical Preview [All 64-bit]
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion g6-1d85nr Notebook PC
    CPU
    AMD A4-3305M APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics 1.9GHz
    Motherboard
    Hewlett-Packard 169B
    Memory
    4GB Ramaxel DDR3 RAM 1.33 GHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon(TM) HD 6480G
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500 GB Toshiba HDD MQ01ABD050 ATA Device
    Internet Speed
    1 Mb/s Download & 400 Kb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11 [default]/ Pale Moon [64-bit]
    Antivirus
    MS System Center Endpoint Protection

padfoot

New Member
Hey My Problem is Solved. Thank You for your Help :)

Would you please tell us how did you solve your problem? Thank you.

Do you have the same issue!?!? :think:

Yes, my PC is very slow on boot and login and shutdown. But I don't have any problem after login to windows.
I've put some services in manual state and boot time decreased a little but still it takes about 4, 5 minutes.
CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K
RAM: 2 x Apeacer 4GB 1600
M.B.: Asus P4-Z77-VL-K
HDD: Western Digital 2TB Green
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7
    Motherboard
    Asus P4-Z77v-LK
    Memory
    Apeacer 2x4GB/1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    On Board (2GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    AData SX910 SSD (128GB),
    Western Digital (2TB),
    Western Digital (1TB),
    Western Digital (320GB),
    Western Digital (1TB, Ext.),
    Samsung (1TB, Ext.)
    PSU
    Green 580W
    Keyboard
    A4Tech
    Mouse
    A4Tech
    Internet Speed
    2Mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    McAfee VirusScan+AntiSpyware Enterprise v8.8

antspants

I'm on a Horse ...
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    0i812
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 4770K LGA1150
    Motherboard
    Asus Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 CMY32GX3M4A1866C9 1866MH
    Graphics Card(s)
    2 x Crappy GeForce GT 640 2GB DDR3
    Sound Card
    I haz lollies ..
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x LG / 2 x Samsung 21 Inch
    Screen Resolution
    Crispy
    Hard Drives
    2 x Samsung 250GB SSD 840 EVO (OS / Other)
    1 x Kingston 120G HyperX SSD (Swap)
    3 x Seagate SATA III 2TB Barracuda (Data Drives)
    1 x Seagate SATA III 1TB Barracuda (Media to XBox)
    1 x W/Digital SATA II 300G VelociRaptor (Image)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500w
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 White Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Logitech G19
    Mouse
    Logitech G700 / Logitech T650 Touchpad Thingy
    Internet Speed
    ADSL 2+ (Australian version ... lol)
    Browser
    All of them
    Antivirus
    Nortons IS
    Other Info
    This one time at band camp ...

ariftwister

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Ideapad Y500
    CPU
    i7-3632QM
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GT650M 2GB DDR5
    Screen Resolution
    1980 X 1080
    Internet Speed
    256 kbps
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

padfoot

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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7
    Motherboard
    Asus P4-Z77v-LK
    Memory
    Apeacer 2x4GB/1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    On Board (2GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    AData SX910 SSD (128GB),
    Western Digital (2TB),
    Western Digital (1TB),
    Western Digital (320GB),
    Western Digital (1TB, Ext.),
    Samsung (1TB, Ext.)
    PSU
    Green 580W
    Keyboard
    A4Tech
    Mouse
    A4Tech
    Internet Speed
    2Mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    McAfee VirusScan+AntiSpyware Enterprise v8.8

CountMike

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Shouldn't be last solution, overall responsiveness of the system is incredibly improved with OS on the SSD. My Firefox, Office programs and most other ones are opening in less than a second. Windows is completely usable 12 seconds after pushing start button even without using Hybrid Shutdown or having fast start in BIOS and all of that on a by no stretch of imagination top of the line computer.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD

jimbo45

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Hi there
Sometimes --especially if you have any USB 3 devices plugged in Windows takes a while to boot -- whether its checking the disks, looking for a boot rec on all possible devices or whatever - I don't know.

If you need to re-boot windows I'd remove ALL external devices except mouse / keyboard and network LAN (if LAN connected).

If you are using a desktop with a load of INTERNAL HDD's check the boot order in the BIOS otherwise the system can go looking through all the INTERNAL HDD's too for a bootable partition -- ensure the boot disk is nr 1 in the Boot priority and in the Disk order settings -- with SATA connections internal HDD's can be in any order irrespective of how they are connected on the Mobo.

An SSD is always a good idea even for an old system -- but also remove all USB external disks / sticks before booting.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10
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    PC/Desktop
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 X LG 40 inch TV
    Hard Drives
    SSD's * 3 (Samsung 840 series) 250 GB
    2 X 3 TB sata
    5 X 1 TB sata
    Internet Speed
    0.12 GB/s (120Mb/s)

CountMike

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Another thing that can slow down boot process is network connection if not signing in with local account. If network (internet) does not connect first, it may wait for it to sign in.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD

Tboneator64

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I don't know of anyone else reporting this as a specific cause of their Windows 8/8.1 boot process slowdown, but I discovered that my problem was caused by the Microsoft Start 8 Program. While I had that in place, my Laptop took 2-3 times as long to boot. Sometimes, I would even have restart my system as on occasion the Start 8 bar wouldn't load properly the first time around. Thus, I have now uninstalled Microsoft's Start 8 from my machine, which did solve my slow boot issue!

Until Microsoft comes up with something better for Start Functions that don't drastically slow down boot times and take up excessive CPU resources (With my Start 8, this was often well over 20%!), it's Classic Shell 4.1.0 for me!

CHEERS! :geek:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

padfoot

New Member
I've bought a solid state drive about 2 weeks ago and have no problem in boot or system speed.
But maybe you are right, because I didn't have any problem with windows7 without SSD.
Maybe all is about win8.1 read/write process that causes slow down the system.
Anyway, I've installed many software and some of them are heavy, like: Siemens TIA Portal v12 + WinCC, Matlab, Proteus, ...
and all of them takes 5 seconds to load (maximum).
Start-up and shutdown time decrease to less than 15 seconds. (Also I have many programs on start-up time!)
And the most interesting is hibernate time. It takes less than 1 second! Even when many programs are running!
I love technology!!!
Cheers!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7
    Motherboard
    Asus P4-Z77v-LK
    Memory
    Apeacer 2x4GB/1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    On Board (2GB RAM)
    Sound Card
    On Board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    AData SX910 SSD (128GB),
    Western Digital (2TB),
    Western Digital (1TB),
    Western Digital (320GB),
    Western Digital (1TB, Ext.),
    Samsung (1TB, Ext.)
    PSU
    Green 580W
    Keyboard
    A4Tech
    Mouse
    A4Tech
    Internet Speed
    2Mbps
    Browser
    Mozilla Firefox
    Antivirus
    McAfee VirusScan+AntiSpyware Enterprise v8.8

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