Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Strange startup behavior

11 Mar 2014   #1

7 Ultimate 64bit
Strange startup behavior

For the last few weeks, my morning startup has been hit or miss.
Right after the blue Welcome screen, the desktop shows up and starts to populate with all the icons, then I will hear the Windows error bump sound, two or three times. I have a CPU monitor program and an ASUS GPU Tweak program that are set to start at boot, and I know if I don't see them load in the first few seconds of the desktop load, then I am done.

Any icons I click on, nothing happens. The icons in the task bar at the bottom will try to start when I click them, and sometimes the loading screen (for Outlook, Excel, Word) will start, but then nothing. Sometimes the Start button is accessible, sometimes not. The behavior at this point is not consistent. Sometimes there is an error message that the programs are no longer there and do I want to delete the icon.

I can always cntrl-alt-delete and then shut down or restart. Sometimes Task Manager is accessible, sometimes nothing happens when I try to get to it.

I have disabled most of the stuff in MSCONFIG. No change. In the BIOS I disabled the wifi and bluetooth, because sometimes there was an error that they did not load / start properly.

Then after a reboot or two, everything starts and functions just fine and is rock-solid. I never get a BSOD.

I have tried going back a driver rev or two for my Nvidia GTX 670. No change.

Starting in Safe Mode seems to be ok. No issues.

Is there some sort of event viewer I can look at to see what is happening (or not happening) at startup?


Win 7 Ultimate 64
ASUS Maximus V Formuls
Corsair Neutron GTX 240

My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2014   #2

Windows 7 32 bit

I have a CPU monitor program and an ASUS GPU Tweak program that are set to start at boot, and I know if I don't see them load in the first few seconds of the desktop load, then I am done.
Have you tried starting these manually after the system is stable? Low level hw access while the system is coming up might confuse it.

If that gets nowhere try enabling Boot Logging in msconfig. I believe the boot log will be C:\Windows\ntbtlog.txt
My System SpecsSystem Spec
11 Mar 2014   #3

7 Ultimate 64bit

I haven't tried the manual start yet. I will say that the system has run fine for close to a year with no problems. I will look into the boot logging too - thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


 Strange startup behavior

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
A strange behavior of browser
Hello everyone, this is my first thread..:D Recently I've witnessed something odd.. my computer was infected with server.exe and runouce.exe, which are now removed..:geek: but now whenever I open my browser (IE, please don't hit me)..and try opening any page, the page just loads and loads and...
Browsers & Mail
Strange window behavior...
Here's something strange to figure out... I watch TV using a Cable Card receiver through Windows Media Center. While watching TV, I need to view MS Outlook, Chrome Browser and other things that I have pinned to my Windows 7 taskbar. While Windows Media Center window is active, I click on say...
General Discussion
Strange dllhost.exe behavior
Hi Folks, i am new to this site, i am using Windows 7 64bit Home, Core i5 M430 2.27Ghz, 4 GB RAM. Recently i have some problem with dllhost.exe. while playing Mp3s and Videos on KM Player, i switched to Media player. the comp uses almost 2 GB RAM and i have to dllhost.exe process running, It...
BSOD Help and Support
Strange Ramping Behavior
I have a system based on Intel's S5520SC motherboard - Dual Xeon 5580, 12 GB RAM, Radeon 4870, etc. I'm running Window 7 Ultimate RTM 64-bit and having all kinds of performance problems. One of the more strange things is that even when there is really nothing running on my system the task Manager...
Performance & Maintenance
Strange fan behavior
Hi! Why is the fan (only one fan in this crappy HP pavilion dv6835eo notebook) running at almost max rpm for at least five minutes during and after logon, but not otherwise? If i check the temps with HWMonitor 64 they are low, that is, under 40 degrees celcius so the fan should not be running as...
Hardware & Devices

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:50.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App