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Windows 7: Windows will not release my externals drive - device is busy

25 Apr 2015   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

We are getting spoiled with all those SSDs. A boot of more than 20 seconds is already considered slow.


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25 Apr 2015   #12
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
We are getting spoiled with all those SSDs. A boot of more than 20 seconds is already considered slow.
Yep, I have one of those slow computers.


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25 Apr 2015   #13
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

Please tell me what program you use to show the "Windows Boot Time." Also, my SSD primary drive takes almost 5 full minutes to boot. Is there a program which can analyze what programs and services are causing this disastrous slowdown? Thank you............
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25 Apr 2015   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Yes, the data is in the Event Viewer > Event 100. Drill down this chain:

Eventvwr
Applications and Service Logs
Microsoft
Windows
Diagnostics - performance
Operational
Event ID 100

This will give you the overall time. Then click on the Details tab in the little window. That shows the individual processes. Best is to copy/paste that info into a Notepad for better reading.

Here are the details from my 20 second system for comparison:

Quote:
BootTsVersion 2
BootStartTime 2015-04-23T15:40:24.671600300Z
BootEndTime 2015-04-23T15:42:53.514699800Z
SystemBootInstance 1199
UserBootInstance 1180
BootTime 20964
MainPathBootTime 9564
BootKernelInitTime 19
BootDriverInitTime 295
BootDevicesInitTime 908
BootPrefetchInitTime 0
BootPrefetchBytes 0
BootAutoChkTime 0
BootSmssInitTime 6182
BootCriticalServicesInitTime 304
BootUserProfileProcessingTime 762
BootMachineProfileProcessingTime 0
BootExplorerInitTime 506
BootNumStartupApps 8
BootPostBootTime 11400
BootIsRebootAfterInstall false
BootRootCauseStepImprovementBits 0
BootRootCauseGradualImprovementBits 0
BootRootCauseStepDegradationBits 0
BootRootCauseGradualDegradationBits 0
BootIsDegradation false
BootIsStepDegradation false
BootIsGradualDegradation false
BootImprovementDelta 0
BootDegradationDelta 0
BootIsRootCauseIdentified false
OSLoaderDuration 1893
BootPNPInitStartTimeMS 19
BootPNPInitDuration 935
OtherKernelInitDuration 231
SystemPNPInitStartTimeMS 1160
SystemPNPInitDuration 269
SessionInitStartTimeMS 1435
Session0InitDuration 2806
Session1InitDuration 280
SessionInitOtherDuration 3094
WinLogonStartTimeMS 7617
OtherLogonInitActivityDuration 676
UserLogonWaitDuration 172
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25 Apr 2015   #15
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
Please tell me what program you use to show the "Windows Boot Time." Also, my SSD primary drive takes almost 5 full minutes to boot. Is there a program which can analyze what programs and services are causing this disastrous slowdown? Thank you............
Hi Nisko

I used Glary Utilities to get the graphic you saw there.

Glary Utilities - Download | Glarysoft

I have the Pro Version but I'm pretty sure the Plain version would give the information you seek.

As to the "disastrous slowdown", I would not have a clue. Stick around and one of our resident experts will surely read this and offer help.

Good luck to you.
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06 May 2015   #16
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 
Event Viewer Event 100 Slow Boot

Sorry it took so long for a Reply - been ill. Attached is my Event 100 detail - but I don't know how to read it. From this, can you tell me how to read it and what to look at to get my boot time down from almost 5 minutes? Thank you. Also, I had never heard of Glary Utilities until you mentioned it. The free version doesn't show the boot time as yours does. Is this a good utility package worth the money? There are so many out there!! Thank you...........


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File Type: txt BootTimeError 100.txt (2.0 KB, 4 views)
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06 May 2015   #17
jadinolf

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nisko View Post
Sorry it took so long for a Reply - been ill. Attached is my Event 100 detail - but I don't know how to read it. From this, can you tell me how to read it and what to look at to get my boot time down from almost 5 minutes? Thank you. Also, I had never heard of Glary Utilities until you mentioned it. The free version doesn't show the boot time as yours does. Is this a good utility package worth the money? There are so many out there!! Thank you...........
If I am reading it right, as you said your boot time is over 5 minutes.

You need one of the folks here to help you find out how to fix the problem. I am not qualified.

Hope someone else is seeing this thread.

Re: Glary Utilities, the Pro version does go on sale. I paid about $12 for the license and it covers 3 computers. You might check the web site often looking for a bargain.

I wish you well.
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06 May 2015   #18
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you very much!!
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06 May 2015   #19
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Re: External drives locked. I had the same problem. It was Explorer locking the drives. You can test that by killing explorer then restarting Explorer using Task Manager and then attempt to eject the drive. If it works it could just be a buggy shell extension. Also as mentioned your AV could be the culprit.
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06 May 2015   #20
Nisko

Windows 7
 
 

Thank you - I'll try it next time it happens.
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