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Windows 7: Computer hangs at "Starting Windows" screen for over one minute.

10 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 xDark Edition 64-bit
Computer hangs at "Starting Windows" screen for over one minute.


I just finished building my computer the other day and installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit edition. The install went great and the computer is amazingly fast, but I am less than impressed with the boot time.

I have windows installed on two Corsair Force GT 60 GB Solid State Drives in RAID 0 configuration. The motherboard is a GIGABYTE G1. Sniper and the processor is an i7 990X. As I said, I am very impressed with the performance once the computer is on, but it takes ages to get there. I had some trouble with it stalling at the "Verifying DMI Pool Data..." for about 30 seconds each boot. That seems to have been fixed when I cleared the board and reconfigured BIOS. The problem I am having now is that when Windows begins to load, it says "Starting Windows" (right before the logo flies in). It will sit at that screen for over a minute before it starts to animate. It only takes about 5 seconds to load after the animation starts. No problems after that.

I can't figure out what's causing this. It does change depending on the BIOS settings. It did not always do this. I have been messing with them so much to try to isolate what's causing it but I cannot.

Any ideas?

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11 Jan 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


As your GIGABYTE G1. Sniper 1 or 2 has a uEFI BIOS.
How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with

GIGABYTE uEFT BIOS setup: Check your mamual.
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11 Jan 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Did you use the drivers given by the installer and quickly updated via optional Windows Updates? Try those first before swapping out any drivers, as Win7 is pretty good with drivers and doesn't require second-guessing like XP. Only if there are performance issues would I change out drivers given by installer or Updates.

Try your BIOS at optimal defaults.

Use the logs and system resources from these troubleshooting steps.

If nothing becomes apparent then use the tool which the Pro's use to trace slow or hung boot: Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace - Windows 7 Forums
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11 Jan 2012   #4

Windows 7 xDark Edition 64-bit

Well thanks for the responses guys. It stopped doing it for some reason. My system boots in a snap right now and I've got it clocked at over 4 GHz so I'm not messing with it any more!
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