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  Reply # 460874 20-Apr-2011 11:24 Send private message

Anyone seen a hotfix for slow system restore point creation?

I've seen a few times recently when installing software that triggers a restore point to be created behind the scenes it takes ages.

Also re: SSD's you can use Junction points and symbolic links to manage what's on the SSD. For example say your Steam folder, mines about 300GB now but typically I'm only playing a few games at a time and the rest are practically dormant.

You can use NTFS Junction/Symbolic links to have your steam folder on your traditional hard drive (eg: d:) and point the games folders you're actively using to your SSD (eg: c:).  

You can off course do this with practically any folder/application too.

This tool is pretty good
http://www.rekenwonder.com/linkmagic.htm

or you can do it via CMD prompt, eg:

1: Move the files from the original folder to the new location
2: Run mklink cmd to create a NTFS link to the new location

Example: Pointing borderlands from D: (HDD) to C: (SSD)

mklink /J "d:\steam\steamapps\common\borderlands" "c:\games\borderlands"

Neat trick!

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  Reply # 461925 24-Apr-2011 09:56 Send private message

geekiegeek: Guy at work here just applied - no difference in start up time. I'll test it at home tonight and see what results I get.


Most of the delays in Windows startup we see at work at due to the network. Authentication against the DC, startup scripts etc. Staff do complain regularly about startup times but now they just use that time to make a cup of coffee, catch up with last night's TV shows and gossip :-)

Then there are those who don't bother shutting down - just locking the computer.

I had no problems with startups at home - 30s or so and I am going usuall.




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  Reply # 461927 24-Apr-2011 10:00 Send private message

Correct. If the machine is waiting on something else then there won't help much. But if the wait is in internal processes, then anything helps.

Have to say the SSD investment is showing good results. Almost instant start for most used programs - including Outlook. But the under 10s startup time (after POST is completed) is the best thing. I can now shutdown my laptop and restart it faster than Hybernate could do. And Hybernate is even faster than before if I really want to use it.




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  Reply # 464973 3-May-2011 19:21 Send private message

I find on startup that windows stops for _ages_ with the HDD light on, going thru each of the sata and esata drives, and then the external drives. All up that takes about 120 seconds or so. Nothing on screen saying that its doing a chkdsk or anything. Hope this update deals to that since I have had several boots today that I was getting annoyed waiting for.




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  Reply # 464978 3-May-2011 19:45 Send private message

Requested the hotfix, applied it and liked it.

I am always one for optimizing startup time where applicable.
Adobe speed launcher can go!
Office 2010 something or other can go
Quick time update check can go
Java schedule can go!

All those little things make the difference.
LOL people spend money on such a high performance PC then load those of rubbish on it!




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