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Windows 7: How can I cure boot times of up to 8 minutes?

29 Jul 2011   #1
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 
How can I cure boot times of up to 8 minutes?

I have a six-month-old HP desktop computer that from day one has been plagued with varying boot times.

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Today was the final straw when I booted up after an overnight shut down and sat through an eight-minute wait as the computer sat at the Windows Starting screen before completing the boot sequence.

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I have also been having problems with using Sleep. The computer wakes from sleep with no problem, but if I then shut down and restart, it hangs at the blue boot option screen for two or three minutes.

I get the same symptoms whether I use HP's pre-installed operating system or my own operating system after a clean install.

I have checked that the memory is seated correctly, made sure there's no dust in the case and that there is nothing overheating.

My drivers are all up-to-date and I've checked that it's not any of my peripherals causing the system to hang for this length of time.

HP support has been pathetic so I'm not all that keen on sending my box in for repair.....so if anyone has any ideas I'd be eternally grateful.





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29 Jul 2011   #2
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

If you can capture a boot trace, we can show HP where it's falling down :
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29 Jul 2011   #3
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

OK cluberti, thanks. Give me some time and I'll see what I can do.
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29 Jul 2011   #4
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Downloaded and installed the Windows 7 SDK and ran the boot trace.

Computer restarted and then gave me a BSOD.

Carried out a system repair to last known good configuration and computer restarted OK. Windows Error Reporting flagged up two files:

C:\Windows\minidump\072911-32136-01.dmp

C:\Users\Andrew Wade\AppData\Local\Temp\WER-41839-0sysdata.xml

Tried to have a look at the mini dump file, but was first denied access and can't open it because its in a file format Windows 7 doesn't recognise.

So, what next?
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29 Jul 2011   #5
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I'd repair the WPT installer and attempt a second trace. The .dmp file has to be viewed in WinDBG, and unless you're comfortable with looking at dump files and callstacks, it's not something I'd recommend you attempt right now anyway.

First, repair the WPT installation via the .msi installer you used to originally install the performance toolkit. Next, reboot - this sometimes happens when another process has a lock on the NT Kernel Event Logger during the installation, and without a reboot you can easily get a bsod when perfctrl.dll goes to load. Once you're rebooted, run the xbootmgr command again to capture a boot trace, and it should work without issue.
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29 Jul 2011   #6
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

OK, I'll be back later when I've done what you suggest.
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29 Jul 2011   #7
cluberti

Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Fantastic. I will be offline for the better part of the rest of the day, so if you do get an etl trace and feel adventurous, add the providers (checkboxes hidden in the left-hand fly-out menu behind the arrow) and poke around.
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29 Jul 2011   #8
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

More problems.

When I tried to repair the WPT the Redist folder had disappeared off the face of the earth so I was unable to carry out a repair.

I re-installed the SDK and this time managed to run a boot trace whose results now reside in the Boot Trace folder.

However, I've since had three BSOD's in the last half hour so I'm going to call it a day and send this heap of junk back to HP for repair or replacement.

Thanks for your help, it's appreciated.
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