Let me confirm one thing: your computer is slow to completely load Windows or slow to open/run IE7? Some of these suggestions are aimed at a slow Windows load in general, not specfically IE7.
1. You mentioned that the slow startup began around 2 months ago. Does that by chance coincide with anything in particular, i.e. installation of a new program (IE7 maybe)?
2. Expounding on Travis Longley's suggestion, let's check your specs. Right click My Computer, Properties, General tab - what is the Processor Spped and the RAM shown at the bottom of that screen? What is the hard drive capacity and how much is free space (open My Computer and change the View to Details).
3. Before we start messing around with the startup, I'd like to check the startup speed for a different Windows User account, as well as Safe Mode. If you use the Welcome Screen, press CLTR+ALT+DEL to open the classic log-in shell. Here you can type in Administrator
as the User and its password. Unless you specifically recall setting the Administrator's password during the initial installation/setup of Windows on this system, the password may be blank. This will load windows normally, but with a different User Account. Did that make any difference in the general speediness of Windows' loading? What about IE7?
4. You can also try booting into Safe Mode With Networking. This will load Windows with a minimal set of services and programs, but will allow your Internet connection. While starting your computer tap the F8 key once every second during the memory count up, or during the system spash screen where you see the system maker's name (HP, COMPAQ, DELL....etc.) This will result in a text based menu. Use the curors/arrorw keys to navigate to SAFE MODE and hit enter. Did Windows load any faster? What about IE7?
If the answers to #3 and #4 were Yes
and the problem is a slow Windows load (not specifically IE7), then let's check out what loads with Windows.
- Startup folder for Your User under Documents and Settings\Your User Account\start menu\programs
- Startup folder for All Users under Documents and Settings\All Users\start menu\programs
- Startup tab in MSCONFIG. To open MSCONFIG, click Start, Run..., type in MSCONFIG and click OK. Go to the Startup Tab. Widen the "Command" column to get a better look at the program path. Uncheck those you feel are not necessary for run at Startup. If you have questions about specific items, please post them.
For the shortcuts in the Startup Folders, you can simply create a New folder on your desktop and move (not copy) them to that new folder. Anything you disable in MSCONFIG can be re-enabled later.
If your problem is specifically IE7 loading slowly, we'll have to look at something else.
Edited by LindaGail, 18 March 2007 - 07:05 AM.