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    HP netbook slow to boot

    I have been given an HP mini 210 with the cut-down version of Windows 7 and 1 GB of RAM. It was extremely slow and hit and miss whether or not a program actually loaded, I did all of the usually recommended things to speed it up but saw little improvement - I then doubled the RAM to the maximum 2GB as recommended and the programs load and work quicker and is now acceptable in that respect, but it takes about three minutes to boot - is this normal. I could reformat to factory settings and reload all of the programs and data, but this would be a pain unless it resulted in considerable improvement.

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    Windows machines aren't the fastest to boot. You can start to check if there are unneeded programs being initiated at startup. Use WhatInStartup for that.

    I wouldn't expect huge improvements. That's tipically underpowered hardware.
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    In addition to Rui's advice, I would download and run Malwarebytes (malwarebytes.org) just to be sure there is no malware present.

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    Thanks. I ran malwarebytes - took over six hours and found nothing. Downloaded whatsinstartup but google chrome will not let me run or unzip the file, no matter what I do. Will try downloading with internet explorer. Using the start menu utility in Your Uninstaller I have cut down the startups to microsoft security essentials plus some HP utilities, I do not know if whatsinstartup would find any more.

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    Well, personally if I got a pc from a third party, I would backup my data and do a clean Windows install or a factory refresh even if it took a considerable amount of time. That way I know that any issues with the OS are my fault rather than someone else's

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    Unless you really need the HP utilities, probably they can be removed from the startup. You can always do you with WhatInStartup and just re-enable them if something you really needs stops working.
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