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Windows 7: Boot up taking 5-10 mins

28 Sep 2011   #1

Boot up taking 5-10 mins

Hello when I boot up my computer it stays in a black screen for about 3 minutes then moves to the logo screen where it stays there for another 3-4 minutes then finally gets to my desktop.

I have a hunch of what it has to do with but could be wrong.
I ran diskeeper (defrager program) and it mentioned something about sound drivers
I just went along with it and just ran it (foolish now I know)

Ever since it has finished and I went to turn on my laptop again this boot up lag has

Asked around alot with little to no help wondering if this could change now, would very much appreciate any help.


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28 Sep 2011   #2

7 ultimate x64

Diskeeper should never mention anything about drivers, probably was malware. Run a scan with malware bytes.
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28 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Yep, I agree...something is wrong if you were getting a message about drives from Diskeeper. I would start doing some malware scans, and also checking your start up apps to see what's listed there.
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28 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 8 Professional 64-bit

Have you tried Safe Mode? Try booting into it to see if it boots normally, if so, run a malware scan for any infections.

If you don't know how to boot into safe mode, then press F8 repeatedly during boot process.
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28 Sep 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP


If you can get into Safe Mode with networking, install, update and run a full scan with Malwarebytes

If not, download and burn to CD or write to flash stick Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper, boot it to run a full scan.

Correct any bad defrag by installing and running Puran Disk Defragger in Boot mode which can defrag System files running otherwise in Windows 7, use the Intelligent Optimizer enabled on the Additional Operations tab.

If this doesn't help, run SFC -SCANNOW Command to check System File integrity.

Next read the logs for repeat errors, especially Performance log to see what is hanging at boot, and use the System Resources in the Troubleshooting link in my signature picture below. Report back results.

A last resort is to use the tool which the pro's use to trace slow boot which will not fail to find the cause: Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace - Windows 7 Forums
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28 Sep 2011   #6


Well before I looked at this I remembered this computer has MSi Timestamp so I just restored the backup from
two days ago and that has done the trick

Incidentally the only reason I ran diskeeper was that the defragmentation that comes with windows always
stopped at "pass 2: defragmentation 0%" So does anyone know a free program that will essentially do the same
job (and is safe of course lol)

Also how often should I defragment it?

Thanks for your help guys!
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28 Sep 2011   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Most people here just use the Windows tool and leave it on the default once a week schedule.

The more obsessed used third party tools such as Auslogics.

I don't know that you could tell the difference in real-world situations.
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28 Sep 2011   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I think Windows built-in defragger is the best since it arranges and consolidates files as the OS needs them to be. Third party defraggers do consolidations but not in an optimum way for Windows 7.
Your drive may be badly fragmented and has not hung, but may take some hours to run. It should be, by default, set to run on Wednesdays, I think. I have mine to run daily though.
Do run the scans Greg suggested too. A tainted file could simply "go to sleep" for a period and remain on your system to wreak havoc again.
Uninstall Disk keeper to, it runs in the background and may be running at boot thereby slowing you down.
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