I have just assembled a new machine, installed Windows 7 on it and noticed that a part of installation process took unusually long time. The time in question is between when "Windows is loading files . . ." is displayed and when "Please read the license terms" is displayed, which was about 10 minutes. With my 6 years old machine it is 70 seconds. From "Please read the license terms" to completion of installation took 15 minutes which appears normal. Windows 7 so installed on the new machine seems operating normal.
The hardware details are: Mobo: GA-790XTA-UD4 with BIOS F2
CPU: Phenom II 720 x3
RAM: Corsair 4GB Kit DDR3 1600 (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)
Video Card: Diamond HD 5770
HDD: Hitachi 1TB SATA HD31000 IDK/7K
Opt Drive: DVD-RW Toshiba Samsung SH-S223C (SATA interface)
PSU: BFG Tech 550W ATX 12V 2.2
All the above components are new.
I wonder if there is something wrong with the mobo or any other parts used as above. I tried two different DVD drives, one with SATA and another with ATAPI but to no avail.