March 12th, 2011, 09:02 AM #1
Windows 7 slow startup of applcations.
I built a new Windows 7 PC last October with a clean installation of W7 Pro 64 bit, Office 2007, and other well known applications. I also installed a few of my favorite games, none of which are computationally or graphically intensive. A solitaire pack, Snood, a version of mines and a Sudoku program.
Most applications, Word, Excel, Adobe suite, Firefox etc are very quick to start up, since I'm using a 256Gb SSD for the C drive. There's lots of memory available as well. However the two of the four games are very slow to start, taking up to a minute, the other two are virtually instant. Within the last week, Outlook has changed from being as quick as the other Office applications to half starting - the window opens with nothing in it and then there's a wait before the rest of the screen populates and the mail shows up - then it does a download from the server as usual.
Has anyone any idea what's going on? Why should 3 programs be so slow when the rest are quick?
March 13th, 2011, 12:49 PM #2
Sounds like the SSD is having issues.
If it doesn't have TRIM support, that could be partially why.
TRIM helps to "defrag" in a sense and keep it clean and running smooth.
Also, did you do an install off a raw new drive, or had it been formatted or used previously?
The alignment could be off on it.
lastly, make sure defrag is disabled in Windows.
It will cause problems with an SSD.
Windows is "supposed" to turn that off, but it doesn't always, and leaves it on a schedule sometimes. Go into the task scheduler and make sure it isn't set for a schedule.E8400 @ 4.2Ghz (1.18-1.29v)||DFI UT P45-T2RS ||HD6950 (Unlocked Shaders) @ 950/1450||8Gb G-Skill DDR2||Dual Boot: XP=500GB , Win7=120GB Agility SSD, Shared D drive=1TB, Int/Ext 1TB backups.
March 13th, 2011, 08:19 PM #3
Thanks for your suggestions.
The SSD is a Crucial CT256M255 which I believe to be one of the latest generation of SSD with TRIM (correct me if I'm wrong)
It was installed straight out of the box, no prior use or formatting - I let W7 installation do what ever it wanted.
I have disabled the scheduled defrag, but what about my other, ordinary drives? I suppose I'll have to manually defrag them now.
Strangely, Outlook started instantly just now after about a week of slow starts.
March 13th, 2011, 09:11 PM #4
Yeah, I don't trust windows enough to hope it doesn't re-enable defrag, so i deleted the tasks, and disabled defrag in the services.
When I want to defrag my other drives, i just manually enable the defrag service, run the drives, then disable again.
Also, TRIM likes idle time to work best, so try this, if you haven't.
Empty the recycle bin, or throw something in there and delete it.
That supposed to start TRIM.
Then log off and let the computer sit at the idle screen for about 2 hours, and see how things run.
TRIM needs idle time every once in a while to function best.
as for the install, sounds fine, that's best way to do the install.
Let windows 7 do its own thing to the new raw ssd drive.E8400 @ 4.2Ghz (1.18-1.29v)||DFI UT P45-T2RS ||HD6950 (Unlocked Shaders) @ 950/1450||8Gb G-Skill DDR2||Dual Boot: XP=500GB , Win7=120GB Agility SSD, Shared D drive=1TB, Int/Ext 1TB backups.
March 14th, 2011, 02:13 PM #5
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