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Windows 7: 2 minute delay after entering password, ok in safe mode

21 Jan 2017   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 OEM
2 minute delay after entering password, ok in safe mode


On a second hand HP Z820 workstation, running Windows 7 Pro x64, I have this problem:

1/after entering my password, I have a consistent 30 seconds delay
2/ then the screen goes to black (if I have a background image), or solid desktop color (if I have a solid color set as the bg) for consistently 70 seconds.

None of those happen when I boot in safe mode.

I don't have much installed on this workstation; just two rendering applications, I don't even plan to give it a network access or install anything else besides Houdini, so no A/V. I just want the raw power of the machine. I have a feeling that this delay after login may be caused by something defective, and I certainly don't want this workstation to spend CPU cycles on something else that what it's supposed to do.

So, can you suggest a method to find what is causing these problems ?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2017   #2

Windows 7 HP 64

Run msconfig.
- disable all start up items and all none MS services.
- Reboot
If it reboots normally, enable all start up items.
If it doesn't, enable fist half of start up items
- Reboot

Make this procedure (enabling half of the disabled start up items and none MS services) till you find the bad guy on start up items or on services.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
21 Jan 2017   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1 OEM

I found the guilty service:

RealTek Audio Service, from Realtek Semiconductor.

I disabled it and the startup sequence is normal now.

Also, I forced the sound chipset driver to update, and reenabled the service at startup.

It is no longer problematic; the version of the current driver has a more recent release date, but a lower build version though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

21 Jan 2017   #4

Windows 7 HP 64

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