Wow. That Kingsoft PC Doctor has the system booting in about a mintue and 20 seconds. Very impressive, thank you.
I'm still noticing a very big lag time when launching apps. Firefox and iTunes take minutes to start up.
I will also look into those USB sound cards, thanks.
Does anyone screw with services and disable some to improve performance? If so what ones?
Was your system behaving (booting etc.) so sluggishly right from vanilla Windows 7 install?
If so, I would suggest that something is either misconfigured in your BIOS or you're having performance issues with an attached/installed piece of hardware.
I can say this much for reference. I run all of my systems as closely to vanilla OS (with all service packs and patches etc.) as possible. I only install third-party programs when the OS doesn't have an inherent ability to already do what I need. What I mean by that is, I don't actually customize anything within the OS (yes yes I know Jafo....this IS the windows customize place.....hehe ) and so most of my systems are pretty much like 'consoles' to me.
Having said that (I am not trying to convince you of anything just pointing out my setup for reference), I have systems ranging from the DELL 2005 Inspiron notebook I reference in the "oldest hardware you've installed Win8 on" thread (1.6GHz Pentium M Centrino with 2GB RAM) to full-on gaming rigs (Intel Core 2 Duo's with 16GB RAM etc.) and none of my systems (even while they were still on Windows 7) have ever taken more than 20-30 seconds or so to get to the desktop from a cold boot. No bootup manager software, no services stopped, no third-party software (certainly not running on startup) and they all boot in around 20 seconds or so. Once started there are roughly 32 processes running (default Windows install).
Honestly, like I said......if it was always this slow/sluggish from vanilla OS I'd suspect BIOS misconfiguration or other hardware-related issues (sometimes installed hardware can contribute to overall system slowdown etc.).
If it only began showing symptoms like this after you started 'customizing' the OS and installing programs.......well.......you'll have to do some more digging. The fact that that 'PC Doctor' software sped up the boot time on your system indicates that at the very least you did have some installed software/startup items contributing to system boot-time slowdown. That may again not be the only contributing factor though if you are still observing overall system sluggishness.
At any rate.....I would never tolerate a boot-time over 30 seconds........that's just me though.....
just my 2 cents....