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Windows 7: Slow (10 min) start-up BEFORE login screen

20 Apr 2017   #1
RProsser

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Slow (10 min) start-up BEFORE login screen

Hey all. Need some advice please. I have reviewed past threads, but replies are specific to that person's computer's specifics, so I am posting yet another question on this same issue.

Over the last year, this computer has been taking longer and longer to restart and reach the login screen, but as of a few days ago, it now takes about 7-10 minutes after the BIOS window and before the login screen. It’s a consistent issue.

As far as I can tell, the PC is fairly healthy:
  1. Windows 7 updates are current
  2. All drivers are up to date
  3. Kaspersky says there are zero issues
  4. CCleaner shows a clean registry and there are not many items in the startup
  5. Defragger says the HD is 4% fragmented, is in “Good” health and is only ~25% full
  6. SFC/SCANNOW says there are no integrity violation
  7. All temp directories are regularly flushed.
  8. There is only one peripheral — a Verbatim 25GB NTFS HD — for backup and it appears healthy
Other than that, I have not done anything unusual in the last week or so. The last software install was three weeks ago when I installed Office 365 -- but that would not affect startup would it?

Where do I start? I assume something is hanging but how do I access and interpret logs related to startup? Any advice will be appreciated. : )


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21 Apr 2017   #2
americancritic2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Hello how much hard drive space do you have left.
Windows needs at least 15% of the hard drive to work properly.
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21 Apr 2017   #3
sobranie

win7 home premium 64bit
 
 

I had a similar problem quite a while back.
I disconnected my external HD before switching on and all returned to normal.
Never did get to the bottom of it!!
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21 Apr 2017   #4
RProsser

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

americancritic2:

Thanks for the input. In my original post, in item #5 I wrote:

"... in 'Good' health and is only ~25% full"

In other words, there is ~75% free space on the HD.
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21 Apr 2017   #5
RProsser

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

sobraine: Thanks for the input. I will unplug my external drive next time I restart. Who knows ... maybe it'll help.
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21 Apr 2017   #6
tetraps

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
 
 

I don't know if it would make a difference, but you can try booting into safe mode (press F8 after BIOS splash) and see if Windows loads any more quickly.
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21 Apr 2017   #7
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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21 Apr 2017   #8
YaMoonSun

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

90% of the time, slow boot-times are due to start-up applications; Which you can disable using a built-in tool called msconfig.
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21 Apr 2017   #9
RProsser

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Callender: thanks for the input. That sounds like a good place to start.

YaMoonSun: I am very aware of the startup directory. Things are tidy, however this is before I even get to the Explorer phase -- this is as Windows is initially starting up.

tetraps: I've been meaning to do that, but have been too busy ESPECIALLY when it's now taking like 15 minutes to restart.
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24 Apr 2017   #10
RProsser

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Callender: On your advice, I followed the article mentioned and don't find much other than confirmation that my PC is booting slowly before I get to the login screen. Well, I'm bummed. :/

FWIW, here's info on the most recent restart:

Windows has started up:
Boot Duration : 352900ms
IsDegradation : false
Incident Time (UTC) : ‎2017‎-‎04‎-‎20T17:21:48.671600300Z


- System
- Provider
[ Name] Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance
[ Guid] {CFC18EC0-96B1-4EBA-961B-622CAEE05B0A}
EventID 100
Version 2
Level 1
Task 4002
Opcode 34

Keywords 0x8000000000010000

- TimeCreated
[ SystemTime] 2017-04-20T17:28:02.154274200Z

EventRecordID 6116

- Correlation
[ ActivityID] {036FEC48-F800-0001-6AD8-C997FAB9D201}

- Execution
[ ProcessID] 1724
[ ThreadID] 4464

Channel Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance/Operational

Computer OfficePC

- Security
[ UserID] S-1-5-19

- EventData
BootTsVersion 2
BootStartTime 2017-04-20T17:21:48.671600300Z
BootEndTime 2017-04-20T17:27:51.530655700Z
SystemBootInstance 922
UserBootInstance 780
BootTime 352900
MainPathBootTime 131279
BootKernelInitTime 29
BootDriverInitTime 3109
BootDevicesInitTime 4286
BootPrefetchInitTime 0
BootPrefetchBytes 0
BootAutoChkTime 0
BootSmssInitTime 20227
BootCriticalServicesInitTime 6283
BootUserProfileProcessingTime 4179
BootMachineProfileProcessingTime 10
BootExplorerInitTime 39802
BootNumStartupApps 15
BootPostBootTime 221621
BootIsRebootAfterInstall false
BootRootCauseStepImprovementBits 0
BootRootCauseGradualImprovementBits 0
BootRootCauseStepDegradationBits 0
BootRootCauseGradualDegradationBits 0
BootIsDegradation false
BootIsStepDegradation false
BootIsGradualDegradation false
BootImprovementDelta 0
BootDegradationDelta 0
BootIsRootCauseIdentified false
OSLoaderDuration 2812
BootPNPInitStartTimeMS 29
BootPNPInitDuration 4400
OtherKernelInitDuration 43201
SystemPNPInitStartTimeMS 47454
SystemPNPInitDuration 2995
SessionInitStartTimeMS 50597
Session0InitDuration 7706
Session1InitDuration 604
SessionInitOtherDuration 11916
WinLogonStartTimeMS 70824
OtherLogonInitActivityDuration 16462
UserLogonWaitDuration 9958
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