I appreciate what you say regarding Norton, but am I not correct in thinking that with the paid for product, you can uninstall - test - see if I am right and then reinstall using the same key for the product or whatever norton issue
I do not know Norton well enough to advise, you would have to check.
I would certainly consider disabling it worth a try, to compare load times.
We have tried a new user account, we have tried the system account, we have tried the clean boot.
You I seem to remember have also tried safe mode, so it certainly begins to appear that the problem is either Norton, or the file systems I mentioned.
There are a couple of more points that come to my mind
1. What does Windows say about the system
control panel action centre, view performance info left pane, particularly about the disk transfer rate.
2. You may obtain some more information from here http://www.hwinfo.com/screenshots.html
3. I have had a look at that Foxconn motherboard although from the info I had on Speccy I had trouble identifying the exact modelhttp://www.foxconnch...&Language=en-us
I cannot see any driver download - update that may be of relevance, but if you do not have the latest offered you may wish to try them.
NOT THE BIOS flash of course.
4. I have not suggested it to date, as it seemed too basic for your perceived level of knowledge. but a general disk check, cleanup and defrag or at least an analysis of the fragmentation may be worthy of consideration.
With the size of the drive you may wish to run it from the cmd prompt as it is qucker than on the GUI
The defrag on 7 is far better than the defrag was on XP or Vista
Unless you have changed that setting defrag should not actually require YOUR initiation
"Among the other changes under the hood in Windows 7 are the following:
- Defragmentation in Windows 7 is more comprehensive – many files that could not be re-located in Windows Vista or earlier versions can now be optimally re-placed. In particular, a lot of work was done to make various NTFS metadata files movable. This ability to relocate NTFS metadata files also benefits volume shrink, since it enables the system to pack all files and file system metadata more closely and free up space “at the end” which can be reclaimed if required.
- If solid-state media is detected, Windows disables defragmentation on that disk. The physical nature of solid-state media is such that defragmentation is not needed and in fact, could decrease overall media lifetime in certain cases.
- Best practices for using defragmentation in Windows 7 are simple – you do not need to do anything! Defragmentation is scheduled to automatically run periodically and in the background with minimal impact to foreground activity. This ensures that data on your hard disk drives is efficiently placed so the system can provide optimal responsiveness"
4. Many people, say that other defraggers are better than Windows 7 one, such as Auslogics defrag and optimization. In my opinion it is better left as Windows 7 intended.
Cmd line defraghttp://technet.micro...e/ff458356.aspx
In summary if the above does not find anything I regretfully have to admit defeat.