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Windows 7: Help, windows 7 is taking 15minutes to boot.

09 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 home x64
 
 
Help, windows 7 is taking 15minutes to boot.

Hi guys,

As the title says, my computer is currently taking up to 15 minutes to boot up and takes an age to shut down.

This first started on Sunday, when, picking up my Acer laptop, I accidentally held the power button, switching the machine off. Since then the problem has occurred, an although the laptop switches on and works, it just takes an absolute age to boot/switch off.

System restore did nothing, so I am currently at a loss.

If anyone can guide me then I would be so greatful.

Regards

Steve

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09 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Try to run this command sfc /scannow as its describes in this tutorial SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
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09 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OS
 
 

Maybe a problem with the MBR (Master Boot Record)??

If you want to have a go at trying this , if it is the problem

On laptop boot into the recovery partition (usually F8)which should contain the WRE (Windows Recovery Environment) or if you have an OS disk
change boot order in BIOS TO dvd drive and choose the repair
option from the install disk.

Either way, once in the recovery choose the command prompt option here.

Type in the following: (take note of spaces or the command will not work)
bootrec.exe (runs the boot recreate executable)

Then type:
bootrec /fixmbr (fix Master Boot Record)

This should not affect anything other than the MBR meaning that all your
files, folders etc will be alright.

The MBR can be backed up before performing this operation if you
have concerns though and the instructions for this would be available
readily at Microsoft Technet etc..

Cheers - AllOnTheBus
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09 Nov 2011   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hello Steve and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition to the previous suggestions you could also try troubleshooting using a Clean Startup (AKA Clean Boot.) This can help to determine if any of the programs, processes, etc that normally run at startup were compromised in some way when you did that forced shut down with the power button.

Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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09 Nov 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP

 

Run Startup Repair a few times to check for issues.

Uncheck everything in msconfig>Startup, then in msconfig>Services select "Hide all MS Services" and uncheck everything there too (add your AV back later after making sure it's not the problem). Make sure nothing sneaks back in or turn it off in its Program Prefs. You now have a clean boot.

Study the Performance log for clues, use the System Resources and test the hardware following these other troubleshooting step.

If all fails, use the tool which the Pro's use to trace slow startup. Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace. Our expert Cluberti can consult you on the findings if you link to the uploaded trace file here.
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09 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 home x64
 
 

Hi guys,

Thanks for the quick and in depth responses, you have been so helpful. It turned out to be an issue with AVG hanging causing the extremely slow boot times. That has not been deleted and I have gone with Microsoft Security Essentials, which will hopefully not cause a problem in future.

Thanks once again


Steve
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09 Nov 2011   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

This is becoming a pattern with AVG and MucAfee now.
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09 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit OS
 
 

Every time I have used AVG I have had problems especially
when I still had the version of Windows previous to 7. The name
of this OS I will not speak aloud! probs with AVG and Windows 7 to though.

gregrocker: just followed the link Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace and this tool sounds awesome. I dont suppose there happens to be
another tutorial anywhere here on how to analise the output for problem solving is there?

Can the file that is produced using this tool be split (ie: so as not to have to upload to Mediafire etc..) and sent to anyone here for analysis. If this is possible could you please provide a link. This is not a problem for me at the moment but would be awesome for myself and future users if I/ they hit a snag.

Thanking you in advance for your response
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10 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Some AV have a rootkit scanner which at startup of Windows take some time before you are able of using the PC. You can disable this in the option menu.
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10 Nov 2011   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AllOnTheBus View Post
gregrocker: just followed the link Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace and this tool sounds awesome. I dont suppose there happens to be
another tutorial anywhere here on how to analise the output for problem solving is there?

Can the file that is produced using this tool be split (ie: so as not to have to upload to Mediafire etc..) and sent to anyone here for analysis. If this is possible could you please provide a link. This is not a problem for me at the moment but would be awesome for myself and future users if I/ they hit a snag.
Yes it's explained more in the links here: Trace Windows 7 boot-shutdown-hibernate-standby-resume issues - MSFN Forums Our expert Cluberti can also help analyze the output file once it's posted.

To post up a link to the full file, upload it to a file server. Easiest is Windows Skydrive which comes free with any MSN or Hotmail ID. Just google Skydrive or click on it on it's MSN tab.
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