Windows 7 taking over 30 minutes to boot up from a shutdown or restart


wuser

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Hi. On my main laptop (Windows 7), I use 24/7, every time I shut down and restart, it takes a very long time to reach the windows desktop, maybe 30 minutes or longer.

I believe that it may be due to an issue with the Registry. The reason I say this is because:
* when I am searching inside it, (Ctrl+F) it takes a very long, long, long time or it just hangs and I have to open task manager and kill the process. This is why I just put the laptop to sleep instead of shutting it down since coming out of sleep mode is about 2 seconds.
* also, saving the registry via Export, takes a very long time to complete, at 25 minutes and 10.4GB filesize.

It appears that the registry is corrupt or something, and that may be the reason for the long amount of time to boot up.

Is there a *free* way to fix this?

* my profile lists windows 10. I have another laptop and table with windows 10 that are fairly new. But my main laptop is windows 7 and is the one with the long bootup/registry issue.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chuwi Hi10 X
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4120 (Gemini Lake)
    Motherboard
    American Megatrends
    Memory
    6 GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    SSD 128 GB
The title of your thread says Windows 7, your profile lists Windows 10 and you are on the Windows 11 forum.
Either way and whatever OS you use, you should try creating a new user and log on as the new user.
See if that makes a difference. Such a large user registry hive is not normal.
If the problem persists, only a clean install will set you right.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win11 All /Debian/Arch
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. TUF Gaming FX705GM
    CPU
    2.20 gigahertz Intel i7-8750H Hyper-threaded 12 cores
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. FX705GM 1.0
    Memory
    24428 Megabytes
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel(R) UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    Sound Card
    Intel(R) Display Audio / Realtek(R) Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Integrated Monitor (17.3"vis)
    Screen Resolution
    FHD 1920X1080 16:9
    Hard Drives
    2 SSD SATA/NVM Express 1.3
    WDS500G2B0A-00SM50 500.1 GB
    WDCSDAPNUW-1002 256 GB
    PSU
    19V DC 6.32 A 120 W
    Cooling
    Dual Fans
    Mouse
    MS Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    Fiber 1GB Cox -us & ADSL Bouygues -fr
    Browser
    Edge Canary- Firefox Nightly
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    VMs of Windows 11 stable/Beta/Dev/Canary
    VM of XeroLinux- Arch based & Debian 12
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Insider Canary
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS X751BP
    CPU
    AMD Dual Core A6-9220
    Motherboard
    ASUS
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics card(s)
    AMD Radeon R5 M420
    Sound Card
    Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3
    Screen Resolution
    1600X900 16:9
    Hard Drives
    1TB 5400RPM
I have updated my topic to indicate the OS version. I meant to note that but forgot.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chuwi Hi10 X
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4120 (Gemini Lake)
    Motherboard
    American Megatrends
    Memory
    6 GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    SSD 128 GB
Your title says you are running Windows 7? This is the Windows 11 forum. There is a separate forum for Windows 7 Windows 7 Help Forums However, Windows 7 is no longer supported for a while now. You list your computer under your profile as a Windows 10 Tablet?

The problem you are facing is not a Registry error. It is most likely the HDD/SSD is aging and probably has bad sectors. Please unplug all external and internal drives other the Windows Disk.
Download Crystal Disk Info and or DiskGenius in my signature. View the SMART Info. This will give you a quick snapshot of your drives health. If it is anything less then Good, it needs to be replaced.
If it says it's good, you can run a Surface Test which is similar to running Check Disk but it shows a map of the sectors on the drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 77000 3.60
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GEForce RTX 2060 Super
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Two 27" Dell 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    M.2 NVME SSD, 500 GB; Two 2TB Mechanical HDD's
    PSU
    850w PSU
    Case
    Cyberpower PC
    Cooling
    Water cooled
    Keyboard
    Backlit Cyberpower gamiong keyboard
    Mouse
    Backlit Cyberpower gaming mouse
    Internet Speed
    1 GB mbps
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Security

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4800MQ CPU @ 2.70GHz
    Motherboard
    Product : 190A Version : KBC Version 94.56
    Memory
    16 GB Total: Manufacturer : Samsung MemoryType : DDR3 FormFactor : SODIMM Capacity : 8GB Speed : 1600
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Quadro K3100M; Intel(R) HD Graphics 4600
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC; PNP Device ID HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_111D&DEV_76E0
    Hard Drives
    Model Hitachi HTS727575A9E364
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender
    Other Info
    Mobile Workstation
I downloaded and ran both apps, CrystalDiskInfo and DiskGenius

CrystalDiskInfo report = health status = (good, 5400 RPM, 44575 hours, 41 c)
DiskGenius report = (99.9 perc excellent, a few good, and 2 normal sector readings, no bad sectors)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chuwi Hi10 X
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4120 (Gemini Lake)
    Motherboard
    American Megatrends
    Memory
    6 GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    SSD 128 GB
If you are running a 5400 rpm mechanical disk it will always be slow.

In addition to that there might be problems with the os.

I would suggest

1. buy a sata ssd. They were very cheap a couple of months ago but they all seem to have gone up again. I would suggest 500gb minimum, larger if you have the funds.
It is the best upgrade you can make. It would feel like a different machine, even using sata2 port.

On my main laptop (Windows 7), I use 24/7
In that case it is definitely worth getting an ssd.


2. back up your win7 activation and drivers using dism++
Backup the activation

3. Install win7 to the ssd ( use the refresh media that already includes SP1 ) and then restore the activation and drivers using dism++

or you could update the installation media first before applying it. But you would still need to backup the current activation and then restore it.

**********************************************************************************************************************************************

If you dont want to buy an ssd and are content with a clanky old mechanical

1. back up your win7 activation and drivers using dism++

2. create a new partition on your existing disk

3. Install win7 to the new partition ( use the refresh media that already includes SP1 ) and then restore the activation and drivers using dism++
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    i5-8400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i
  • Operating System
    win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    pentium g5400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    1x8gb 2400
    PSU
    xfx pro 450
As far as I can remember, this laptop used to take about 2 minutes to boot up from power-on. And I used to complain that was too long, back then LoL.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 10
    Computer type
    Tablet
    Manufacturer/Model
    Chuwi Hi10 X
    CPU
    Intel Celeron N4120 (Gemini Lake)
    Motherboard
    American Megatrends
    Memory
    6 GB
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1200
    Hard Drives
    SSD 128 GB
Replacing the disk with an SSD will greatly improve the bootup time speed and other issues you are having.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 64 bit 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 77000 3.60
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte Z390 UD
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GEForce RTX 2060 Super
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Two 27" Dell 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    M.2 NVME SSD, 500 GB; Two 2TB Mechanical HDD's
    PSU
    850w PSU
    Case
    Cyberpower PC
    Cooling
    Water cooled
    Keyboard
    Backlit Cyberpower gamiong keyboard
    Mouse
    Backlit Cyberpower gaming mouse
    Internet Speed
    1 GB mbps
    Browser
    Brave
    Antivirus
    Windows Security
I have updated my topic to indicate the OS version. I meant to note that but forgot.
I stopped counting how many times, in other threads, that you were advised to use the corresponding forums for your operating systems. What you’re actually doing, is taking up the time of some very experienced Windows Eleven users and lessening the time they spend on members that are running Windows Eleven. Stop being so selfish.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3880
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Sin-built
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
    PSU
    Silverstone 1500
    Case
    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.

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