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The Windows 7 "slower boot than Vista" story continues

The Windows 7 "slower boot than Vista" story continues

Last week we reported that Iolo Technologies maker of System Mechanic stated they found Windows 7 to boot slower than Windows Vista. Not by a second either, by a whopping 42 percent!

We found it rather hard to believe although we hadn’t really analysed the situation ourselves.

Channel Web have an interesting follow up to this story – they tested the claims by running System Mechanic themselves:

Prior to installing System Mechanic, the average boot-up time, from pressing the machine’s Power button to being able to execute a command on the desktop, was 53 seconds. Keep in mind that this also includes the time it takes to log into a Windows domain.

After installing System Mechanic, the software requires an analysis of the system. After analyzing our machine, System Mechanic detected several problems lowering system health and security: Windows Firewall disabled, 11 repairable security vulnerabilities, 71 registry problems, 55.62 MB of system clutter and two unnecessary startup items.

For this initial test, we decided not to do the recommended configuration changes that System Mechanic reported, but we did select "Optimize Windows Startup." You can choose "Quick," "Deep" or "Custom Optimization;" we selected "Deep." After a forced reboot (by the way, the system took much, much longer to shut down at this point than prior to optimizing Windows startup) we again timed boot-up. At this point, our system took an average of 54 seconds to boot, one second longer than before we had System Mechanic installed and optimizing our startup.

We went back into System Mechanic after boot-up and this time we selected "Let System Mechanic repair all problems." Boot time afterward for our Windows 7 system averaged 55 seconds — 2 seconds longer than before this System Mechanic configuration change.

Next, we manually selected PC Accelerator, a tool within the program and followed System Mechanic’s further recommended options. We allowed the software to defrag the registry and hard drives and to recover and defrag system memory. Upon boot-up, System Mechnic’s defrag process extended boot-up time to 2 minutes, 15 seconds. Knowing this was probably just a part of the initial process after our settings changes, we rebooted and the boot time was back to 54 seconds.

Overall, we found that on our system, System Mechanic did not improve the boot time and, in fact, slowed it down.
So there you have it, seems it is best just letting Windows handle its own boot up – of course if any of you guys have found other applications that actually work, then let us all know.

Allan Campbell: Heaven Media

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