Slow load time Windows 7 x64 Pro - domain or workgroup?

By wired4tech
Feb 24, 2014
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  1. I've been testing the boot times of a PC I'm trying to fix up and it's currently 1m 45-55s. The goal is to cut down this time as much as possible.

    Would the fact that this used to be a corporate machine and on a domain be an issue? Would moving it to a local workgroup profile make a difference?

    Here are a few things I've done:
    • Ensure system is clean of adware & malware
    • Disabled MS Mobile Sync Centre
    • Setting wait time to 0 for network in gpedit.msc did not make a difference
    • Removed Trend Micro security and replaced with MBAM & MSE
    • Removed unnecessary programs from startup (such as Java SE update, Adobe Reader). Programs in startup are:
      • SynTPEnh.exe (touchpad)
      • Hot Keys: hkcmd.exe
      • Logmein
      • Family Safety: fsui.exe
      • MSE
      • Persistence: igfxpers.exe (not sure what this does)
    • Disk Defrag - no changes
    • Cleared all unnecessary files and wiped free space using CCleaner

    • Win 7 Pro 64 bit
    • RAM: 4 GB (3.87 usable)
    • Windows Experience index: 3.4
      • Low score to Gaming Graphics
    1. Would it help to move from a domain to a workgroup (local) profile?
    2. Should I just increase the ram to 8 GB?
    3. Is there anything else I can do that may help boot times?
    Any help is appreciated!
  2. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +183

    > Check boot time into safe mode
    > Check time for a clean boot

    Is this machine supposed to remain part of a corporate domain?

    p.s. Is a reinstall an option? (may be the easiest approach)
  3. wired4tech

    wired4tech TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    Thanks, will check those times and update this thread.

    Regarding the other questions:
    1. No longer required to be a part of the domain
    2. I prefer this, but due to time constraints, it's not an option.
  4. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +627

    Yes, remove from domain for fastest boot/login.

    An SSD will cut down the time dramatically.
  5. wired4tech

    wired4tech TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 129

    Okay, will do! Not sure how this forum works, but this thread can be closed.

    Your input is appreciated!
  6. BosPatrollie

    BosPatrollie TS Member

    After you have removed it from the domain and added it to a Workgroup, then in theory, all the domain-based Grop policies will no longer be requesting to apply to the machine every logon from the Domain Controller ... however, if you are still using a cahced domain user account and there were computer based policies applied to the machine whilst on the domain, then those policies could still hamper log on and performance, though it will definitely be faster to log on once off the domain.

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