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Windows 7: Very long delay between Power on and Windows 7 Starts

08 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Very long delay between Power on and Windows 7 Starts

I have just installed a new Clean Windows 7 Pro and managed to get past all the traps, Like only one disk may be in the machine or it will not allow new system partition etc.

However I have one left that I cannot work out.

When I power on the machine, bios passes all tests, screen goes blank and then there is a 5-10minute delay before windows starts loading?

Anyone seen this before and know what it is?

Its an Intel D945GTP board.

THanks for the advice in advance.


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08 Nov 2009   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Here might be a start.

Reboot and press F8 repeatedly before Windows starts. You should get a menu. Select "enable boot logging".

When the PC reboots successfully, look in C:\windows\ntbtlog.txt for what happened during your boot process. Post the log on this thread.

I'm not an expert on it by any means, but someone who is should be able to make sense of the log.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Pro

Hi Thnaks for the suggestion, but I see that the delay is long before the boot is even tried.

Once the BIOS check is complete, it just sits and waits for up too 10 minutes before trying to even boot.

Baffling to say the least. Restored my old XP image and it boots immediately.

Will have to look at BIOS settings I think?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

Try doing a Startup Repair. It sounds like boot loader problems.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Nov 2009   #5
Microsoft MVP


Have you done your latest BIOS update?

Check your manufacturer's product downloads page or Intel's support downloads page for your mobo:
There are 13 BIOS updates for your board on Intel's site alone, latest 1/9/2009
But your manufacturer's updates should be given first priority.

If Startup repair doesn't repair boot issues, then consider doing a repair install which in Win7 is an Upgrade over itself run from desktop. It saves all programs, files and settings in place but replaces the OS and reconfigures the boot.
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