Cleaned up some more bloatware and now the lappy is running much more efficient especially on startup. System idle process now stays around 98-99% instead of 92-93% before.
Thanks for all of your help on this forum.
One question regarding PCMark05 though, when I finished the test, it does not give a score instead it says "Item suite must be selected to obtain a score" or something to that effect. Any idea why?