So, I have a pretty bare-bones boot. Arcsoft TM server, mobile mouse, media browser service, Cyberlink services, logmein and X10 commander server.
I've gone through and disabled everything I don't need with msconfig and defragmented my registry as well as cleaned it with ccleaner. There is plenty of space left on the boot drive and I'm still at around 5 minutes before I can launch media center.
I know the most obvious answer here is going to be "get a better hard drive" or SSD..
Before I make that investment, I'd like to know what else can be done to reduce boot time.
It's an e6600 with an EVGA 780i and 4GB of OCZ sli memory and a 80gb caviar blue boot drive. The processor is over-clocked to 2.8 with a stock cooler on it. (retired my water cooling system).
So, yes, it might need a little upgrading, but I can play 3D movies, record 3 things and have the commercial scanner running with 2 workers but boot time is dreadful.
Thought about tightening up my memory timings, currently they are 5-5-5-12@2T but I seriously doubt that is going to help.
The over-clock is linked and sync'ed for the qsb, can't remember the ratio. Probably 1:1. I'm familiar with other ways to over-clock. That was just the easiest and didn't have a lot of time to dink with it.
I am guessing we could start of with some unneeded services..
What do you suggest?