This morning, I got a call from a friend of mine who was having some terrible performance issues with her new Dell Latitude E6500 laptop running Windows 7 Professional. I had some extra time, so I offered to drop by and have a look.
I did the usual things like run msconfig.exe, and disabled as many startup programs and services as I could without interfering with anything. This may have helped some, but not much. The machine would boot up fine, but then hang out for a considerable amount of time after logging in but before it would be fully loaded.
I went into Norton Security Suite, and found that she had configured her machine to run backups to a non-existent USB drive. I disabled the backup feature of the software since she really didn’t understand how it could have been activated in the first place. I also went into the Task Scheduling and disabled all of the PC Tune-up settings. I rebooted, and this time the machine completed the startup process much faster. But I wasn’t finished just yet!