Windows 7 Slow After Restart

Symptoms:

I have a Windows 7 computer that I’ve been using for a while.  It runs alright except after I restart, it is EXCRUCIATINGLY slow for 15 to 30 or more minutes.  Initially I blamed Windows Search.  Disabling that made a slight difference (or maybe the difference was just in my head).  …but still, older laptops would boot up in a minute and be good to go where my beefy desktop would need way too long to get up to speed.

Diagnosis:

After upgrading Office I had to do a dreaded restart.  I took this time to open resource manager and see what the the heck is going on.  I could hear my hard drive making a bunch of racket so I set my eyes on Disk Usage.  What I saw was the System process abusing my hard drive focusing mainly on “c:\system volume information”.  More than likely this had to do with “System Restore Points”.  Let’s disable this and see what happens.

Resolution:

Open Control Panel and click on “System”

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Then click on “System Protection”

Select your system hard drive.  (Most likely ‘C’)

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At this point you can either “Turn off system protection” or “Delete all restore points”.  I turned it off, deleted the restore points and then turned it back on and created a new restore point.  My computer went immediately from sluggish to speedy.  Hope this works for you as well.

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