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Windows 7: Super fast boot has become painfully slow

17 Mar 2015   #1
Charlietbh

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 
Super fast boot has become painfully slow

Hi all,

First post, looked around here first, got Speccy and filled in my specs - if you need more please say.

PC built and supplied by Quiet PC 18 months ago, always super fast and always started up super fast. Few days ago I thought I noticed it slow to boot up, but as I usually turn it on and then do something else I didn't think about it again. Last few days I've paid attention to the boot and it's taken way longer. Only changed I can remember recently were changing from Chrome to Firefox and there was a Windows Update - but I'm pretty sure it started before then.

Steps I've tried so far:
  1. Deleted anything installed recently
  2. Removed any programs causing errors in Event Viewer or fixed the problem (some of those removed: CCleaner, Firefox, all recent Adobe updates)
  3. Disk Clean up, Defrag, Disk Check (the thing where you right click the HD and Check now...)
Appreciate any advice. Rest of the machine seems to be running ok, but I'm worried this is the start of something.
-Edit-

In case it helps I've just restarted and noted what happens.

What used to happen was Power button > brief Quiet PC screen > brief Windows logo > Desktop

What happens now is Power button > brief Quiet PC screen > brief Windows logo > black screen with the mouse pointer for about 60 seconds > Desktop


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17 Mar 2015   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

I would do the following.
Run a full anti virus scan
Download and run a scan with malwarebytes
Run a scan with eset online
A negative from all 3 would be a good indication that it is not malware.

Run in safe mode. If you boot up satisfactorily.
Follow the clean boot procedure to solve your problem
Troubleshoot Application Conflicts by Performing a Clean Startup
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17 Mar 2015   #3
Charlietbh

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks for the reply. I tried all those steps and no change, so I ran a clean boot again and checked the event log - lots of errors to do with not being able to register my PC on the IP address of my modem. Thought this may be to do with my PC and laptop having similar names so looked at users and credentials and found a Generic Credential I didn't recognise: viretualapp/didlogical. Anyone know what that is and if it could be causing the problem? Says "Modified today"

-Edit-

Never mind, deleted the credential and no difference to boot speed.
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17 Mar 2015   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Google is your friend. This is what I found.

What is Virtualapp/Didlogical?


Quote:
So, who creates the entry Virtualapp/Didlogical?

Virtualapp/Didlogical is a credential that is stored when you use any of the Windows Live products, this can include Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Sign-In Assisstant, Windows XP Mode and other Microsoft services.

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17 Mar 2015   #5
Charlietbh

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
Google is your friend. This is what I found.

What is Virtualapp/Didlogical?


Quote:
So, who creates the entry Virtualapp/Didlogical?

Virtualapp/Didlogical is a credential that is stored when you use any of the Windows Live products, this can include Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Sign-In Assisstant, Windows XP Mode and other Microsoft services.

Found that too, but don't have any technical knowledge to know if it could have been causing the problem.
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18 Mar 2015   #6
Charlietbh

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Anyone have any ideas? Have spent I'd say 10 solid hours trying every fix I can find online, uninstalling pretty much everything and re-installing drivers. Currently just have Chrome, Office and Windows on the machine
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18 Mar 2015   #7
maxseven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Do a System Restore to before the problem started.
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18 Mar 2015   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

It's probably not good to start deleting things you don't understand. For us to help you, we need your help. Reading through your statements leads me into a state of confusion since there's no detail of what you have or what you did.

To start, perform this diagnostic procedure: SF Diagnostic Tool - Using for Troubleshooting

Take your time and follow it step by step. Be sure to "Run as Administrator" and use the "Grab All" button. Allow for all the steps to complete. This can take five or more minutes. Upload the zip file here so we can see what you have and what's running. This will give us the current state of your system.
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19 Mar 2015   #9
Charlietbh

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit SP1
 
 

Thanks so much man, I was starting to lose my mind (I think I've spent about 18 hours over the last few days trying different things recommended all over the web).

System restore points removed as a step someone else suggested I'm afraid.

btw, noticed this red error in event log:

Event 3299, Apache Service
The Apache service named reported the following error:
>>> httpd.exe: Could not reliably determine the server's fully qualified domain name, using 169.254.205.176 for ServerName .

No idea what that is


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19 Mar 2015   #10
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

169.254.205.176 shows up as a private network near Los Angeles, California. That's not a good sign. You may have software "phoning home" or you're running a Torrent in which case, you're on your own. I would be sure to run a good AV scan.

After looking at what's running, your problem may be tied to the Symantec AV running along side MSE. For test purposes, uninstall the Symantec software and turn-on Windows Firewall.

Norton/Symantec - Uninstall Completely

Open CCleaner and turn-off the monitor options. This can cause a startup delay and be a processor hog. Just check for an update manually about once a month.

That's all I had time to check for now.
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