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Windows 7 RTM or SP1 – Slow System Startup When Your Machine Contains a Large Hard Disk Drive

You may find that when you have a large hard disk drive the number of restore points that are retained causes the Windows 7 boot plan to exceed the file size of 512 kilobytes (KB).  512 KB being the precached limit means that the boot plan is no longer cached and causes the system startup to be slower. This is due to the fact that each restore point needs to be verified during system startup and as a result gets included in the boot plan.

A hotfix is available from Microsoft KB 2555428 that resolves the issue http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2555428

The Startup Process in Windows 7 – SP1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 – SP1 may be slower than expected

An issue that was identifed a few months ago is slow system startup with your Windows 7 Desktop/Laptop or Windows Server 2008 R2 Server.  This is related to a delay in the initilisation of the Microsoft Software Shadow Copy Provider (Deals with Shadow Copy, System Restore and Backup).

All is not lost as this issue can be fixed by applying the latest version of Volsnap.sys to your operating system

Currently the latest version can be found in the following Microsoft Hotfix (KB 2548124) and applies to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 – RTM or Service Pack 1 installs.


Microsoft Windows 7 – Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 – How to Easily Free Up Some Disk Space

Have you started to notice that C drive is getting a little full or do you just want to have a spring clean, well you may not realise it but when you installed Service Pack 1 onto your lovely Windows 7 machine or Windows 2008 R2 Server that Microsoft very sensibly backed up all the old system file before replacing them with new ones.

Assuming that you have had Service Pack 1 installed for sometime without issue it may be good to know that you might be able to reclaim some disk space by dumping these obsolete system files.

Simply launch an elevated Command Prompt by right clicking “Command Prompt” and selecting “Run as administrator”.  Once you are in a command prompt simply paste in the following:

DISM /online /Cleanup-Image /SpSuperseded

Be patient with this command as it will need to enumerate a large number of files and could take up to 60 minutes to complete.  Once finished I would recommend a reboot.

Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 all use an imaging environment to install so with this command we are launching Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM) and then telling it to remove any of the superseded service pack files.  If you do not have any files to remove, might be because someone else has already removed them or your computer/server may have already come with Service Pack 1 pre-installed/integrated.  In this instance you will get a message like the one below, you will also get this if you try to run the command a second time after all the old files have already been removed.