Why is my Windows Vista PC freezing a few minutes after login?

Muhammad Ahmad September 5, 2012

I’m using Windows Vista SP1. I have AVG antivirus. Whenever I try to log in to Windows, the computer freezes after a few minutes. I think that SVCHOST.EXe is the problem. The memory usage increases and increases and when I saw the memory for svchost.exe it was up to 442300 or might be 4423000. It works fine in safe mode. I am very worried about this. Please help me to get rid of this problem.

  1. julien croy
    September 7, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Vista is known for a slow startup time, the easiest way as someone said is to remove stop programs from auto starting, you can do that if your an admin or under the control panel.

  2. Usman Mubashir
    September 6, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Better upgrade to 7 dude, i assure you that you will heave a sigh of relief. I couldn't solve this problem for long then I downgraded to Xp, 7 was not available then.

  3. GrrGrrr
    September 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    i had same issue with SVCHOST.exe in XP. there seems to be something running immediately after you start the system. Try to use one of the already mentioned programs to
    1. remove unwanted startup entries
    2. delay the startups so that it can breathe better

    Additionally, I would recommend you install Process Lasso which can take care of such high CPU eating process, without causing any freezing.

  4. Jack Cola
    September 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    You might want to use MSCONFIG to disable some startup programs - this might improve your performance. Here's how http://www.jackcola.org/faq?catid=2&faqid=34 and http://www.jackcola.org/blog/94-make-your-computer-boot-faster-by-configuring-msconfig

  5. Oron
    September 5, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Startup time of up to 2-3 minutes in Vista is not unusual. If, on a regular basis, the delay is much longer, try the steps suggested at http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/70563-boot-up.html

  6. Joel Alar
    September 5, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Hi, Please try to check if you have many start-up programs, this are the applications running after you login to your pc like antivirus autoprotect, yahoo messenger, skype. if you want to disable it, please go to start then run then type in "msconfig.exe" then the config utility will display. please go to startup tab then uncheck the applications that you are not using, you may try to uncheck all for troubleshooting. press the OK then restart your pc.

  7. ha14
    September 5, 2012 at 7:49 am

    try to perform Clean Boot

    see if you can detect malware with HijackThis

    clean with CCleaner, defrag hard drive,

  8. susendeep dutta
    September 5, 2012 at 7:24 am

    You can also try to reduce the number of startup programs and remove the unnecessary ones.

  9. Bruce Epper
    September 5, 2012 at 2:54 am

    SVCHOST.EXE is a host process for a lot of different services and to narrow things down, you need to know if it is network services, system services, or local services that are being hosted in the process. In any case, it probably is nothing to worry too much about. You will probably find that it is network-related and being used to check that you have the most current set of virus definitions or it is all of the startup files and processes being scanned by AVG that is causing it. It could also be Microsoft checking to see if there are any updates available for your computer, checking to see if there are any network problems and other startup responsibilities. On a new system with little software installed, you generally don't notice this behavior but it still exists then. It is more noticeable when more software has been installed.

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