How can I tell if Win 7 is finished loading everything after booting?

By gDukeRet ·
When I am in a hurry, I sometimes try to start an application before Win 7 has finished loading all the startup files. Trying to "push it along" just slows things down. How can I tell when the loading is completed? Any way to cause a message to appear on the desktop?

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You must be in one helluva hurry ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to How can I tell if Win 7 i ...

Windows 7 loads for me in just over 12 seconds.

What user applications do you have loading at boot time? I have RivaTuner and ZoneAlarm - both of which require confirmation to load with a pop-up box. Once I've clicked in each of them in turn, my Desktop is live and good to go.

If you don't have any user-configured programs loading at boot, give your user profile a password, then once you've entered the password your Desktop will be live.

*Of course, all this may depend on the speed of your system and how much RAM you have installed. I'm running Windows 7 64-Bit, Core2Duo 3.16Ghz, 8GB RAM @ 800Mhz.

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I normally watch the System Tray

by Jacky Howe In reply to How can I tell if Win 7 i ...

There could be a lot programs that you don't need running on startup. Look at the System Tray (bottom right) and see how many items are on there. To remove a few follow these instructions.

Using the system configuration utility:

Press the Winkey + r and type msconfig and press Enter.

To stop a program from running at startup, go to the Startup tab in this utility, and uncheck the box next to the program. It can sometimes be difficult to understand what programs are listed on the Startup tab.

To get more information about a listing, expand the width of the Command column near the top of the Startup tab. Expand it enough and you'll see the start-up command that the program issues, including its location, such as C:\Program Files\Nero

The directory location should be another hint to help you know the name of the program.

When stopping programs from running at startup, it's best to stop them one at a time rather than in groups. You want to make sure that you're not causing any system problems by stopping them. So stop one, then restart your PC. If it runs fine, then stop another and restart. Continue doing this until you've cleared all the programs you don't want to run automatically.

Each time you uncheck a box and restart your PC, you'll get a warning that you've used the System Configuration Utility to disable a program from starting automatically. If you don't want to see that warning, disable it by checking the box in the dialog itself.

After you've used the system configuration utility to identify programs that run on startup, you may want to try disabling them from within the programs themselves. So run each program that starts automatically, and see if you can find a setting that allows you to prevent it from running on start-up.

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Well I always open the Task Manager

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to How can I tell if Win 7 i ...

And that is a good indication of when things have finished loading. Once the CPU Usage drops down to the idle you're right to go.


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by patb071 In reply to How can I tell if Win 7 i ...

You can create a simple script and put it in the startup folder that just has pause. I usually have outlook load upon bootup then i know i am good to go. But as old mycroft said It sure doesn't take windows 7 long to load.

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