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Windows 7: Long boot time between BIOS screen and Windows

15 Feb 2015   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

That's the thing. I installed TuneUp exactly because it has the option to keep icons in place, since I have had the problem with the icons changing displays at startup for over a year and couldn't find any solution whatsoever. I installed TuneUp exactly because it has the option to "fix icons on desktop", and it did, while it was installed.

Thing is, I cam to the conclusion it's probably due to a Windows update because about 7 months ago I got tired of trying to fix it and reinstalled Windows...unfortunately, after getting all the Win Updates, it started happening again.

After that I installed TuneUp and it fixed the problem.

No restore points whatsoever.

INterestng thing is that my main display, which has the icons by default is connected to the GTX, while at startup the icons always change to the second display, which is connected to the 9600GT. They never change to the HDTV, since that one is also connected to the GTX.

Seeing as how they are always changed between two displays and two different video cards, never appearing on the TV at startup, I think this issue is a matter of "which video card is detected first at startup".

TuneUP has a "TuneUp Repair Wizard" which has most frequently encountered problems in Windows and in the Display Issues category it had "Icons are displayed incorrectly".

I just checked that and everything was fine afterwards. After uninstalling TuneUP two days ago, the problem with the icons started appearing again. I searched the problem and people with dual monitors have had it as well, but always for different reasons. I just ahve to find MY reason or at least establish some sure steps of reproducing.

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15 Feb 2015   #32
Microsoft MVP


You may have found one use for Tune Up Utilities that makes it worth having, but I'd be suspicious if any further problems arise since it is connected with so many problems we see here.

Normally the best way to lock Desktop icons into position is right click an empty area of desktop to Refresh. This may not pertain to Dual Monitors, however. You can look for extra controls for these in your prevailing Display software. This is one reason that Display software may need to startup with Windows, to maintain any special controls for Dual Monitors. If not I would not have this software either installed or starting with Windows. But I am a lean startup purist, because that way lies best performance.
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15 Feb 2015   #33
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

Your problem very well might be because you are using two mismatch video cards. Nvidia and Windows 7 probably don't have the ability to handle such a thing. It could also be very confusing to your bios when booting. Seldom does mismatch video cards work as they should.

Your video cards are completely different series.

Graphics Card NVIDIA Geforce 9600 GT, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 460
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15 Feb 2015   #34

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I know, but it's the best I can do until I can afford a card that can support 3 displays at once.

Refresh doesn't do the job, but that's okay. I'll just have to accept this until I can get a better video card.

i'll close this thread since the major issue is fixed now. Thank you everyone !
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15 Feb 2015   #35
Microsoft MVP


Is this switchable graphics, normally controlled by Nvidia software?

If not try using only the strongest card. I'd disable the other in BIOS, Dev Mgr or physically remove.
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15 Feb 2015   #36

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

I considered that but I need all 3 displays for work, the problem is that even though the GTX 460 has 2xDVI and 1xmini HDMI, it does not support 3 displays at once. So I need both cards active to have 3 displays active, at least until I can afford a card that supports 3 displays.
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15 Feb 2015   #37

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Well for my 2 cents worth for what little it is worth and I am no expert but the specs between those two GPU's is to me not going to make them work together well at all if you look they both use different memory and clock speeds for two obvious things and I am sure there must be someone who might verify or discount what I have said so what Layback has said makes sense e to me in that you really need to match them a bit better.
GeForce GTX 460 | Specifications | GeForce

GeForce 9600 GT | Specifications | GeForce
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