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Windows 7: Windows 7 takes 20-30 + minutes to boot

25 Mar 2016   #1
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows 7 takes 20-30 + minutes to boot

Hello everybody. I'm setting up a Dell PowerEdge T105 Server for my boss to start using as a workstation, and I'm having some issues with Windows 7. Specifically, the thing takes over 20-30 minutes to boot. From what he's told me, this is a fairly new installation of Windows 7, and the only thing that's really installed on here is Microsoft Office 2007. The computer seems to run fine aside from this though. I didn't see anything related to boot/kernel errors in the Event Viewer, and it takes just as long to boot into recovery mode (Repair Your Computer). Any help on how to fix this would be great. Thanks in advance.


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25 Mar 2016   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
You might show us what you have going on
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
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25 Mar 2016   #3
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Could be a bad hard disk. I fixed a laptop recently with the same issue. It was the hard disk.
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25 Mar 2016   #4
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Here's a screenshot of the Disk Management window.


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25 Mar 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and thanks
Was it a new hard drive and if so exactly what brand model ?
Looks pretty small what ever it is :/
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26 Mar 2016   #6
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Actually, I think the issue is with the machine itself. We decided to see if the original hard drive (with Windows Server 2003) would be any faster, but it also seemed to take forever. Furthermore, I was able to boot to recovery mode on the Win7 drive in less than 30 seconds when I put it in another computer.
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26 Mar 2016   #7
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
See if you can get into the bios and optimize defaults and save and exit.
Also see if the cpu cooler is clean under the fan.
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27 Mar 2016   #8
maxseven

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

You might also run Sysinternals Process Explorer and select Start Time in the Process Performance tab, and sort on that looking-down the list of process Start Times, to see if there's a long gap between one process and another at startup.
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27 Mar 2016   #9
torchwood

W7 home premium 32bit/W7HP 64bit/w10 tp insider ring
 
 

Hi Butters,
can you run this
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=52012

What im interested in is whether an Enterprise version of anything is installed, it could quite merrily end up in a loop, and could you also post start-up items from system config.

Roy
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01 Apr 2016   #10
Butters

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Thanks for the responses. I kind of doubt it has something to do with startup items, as it takes just as long to boot to recovery mode. That said, I do believe it has an Enterprise version of Office 2007, but I'm not sure that it starts up with the system. I'll take another look at it when I get the chance, and I'll try that MGA program when I do (just in case that actually IS the issue).

I'll also look into cleaning it. I'm not sure how dirty everything is, but one thing we're out of is air spray cans (my boss said he'll get more when he gets the chance).

As for the BIOS, there was no 'set to default' setting, probably because this is a server tower. I'm not sure what settings I could change to improve startup times.

One of the technicians here insists that there's nothing we could do to improve the startup time, but I haven't lost hope yet. I'll see what I can do. One idea I have is to disable the GUI boot and to display the OS Boot Information (like booting into Safe Mode) so I can get an idea of where exactly it hangs.
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