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Window 7 boot takes 10 minutes

by s2krish / February 9, 2012 12:35 PM PST

Hi guys!

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Lots of possible causes
by Steven Haninger / February 9, 2012 7:22 PM PST

It could be an accumulation of many activities that Windows performs to ready your system. It could be anti-virus, network connections, device configuration, services, etc. You can look at your startup items and begin to eliminate them to see which are causing the largest amount of delay. You begin by using msconfig from the command line. Go to Start/Run and type "msconfig" (without quotes) in the box. It will bring up a system configuration box. You go to the Startup tab and you should see a listing. Those with check marks in the boxes are items that Windows readies before handing the PC over to you. Un-checking these causes them not to load during startup but the descriptions of what they do are not always clear. You can always re-check mark them later. Anyway, Here's a good place to start looking for the primary offenders.

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What did you do yesterday?
by Zouch / February 10, 2012 10:14 PM PST

Hi Krishna,
it can be a bit of a shock when this sort of thing happens. Since it started happening "From yesterday" the first question is what did you do yesterday? Install new hardware or software or upgrade some piece of software? Is it something that loads at boot? If so, try uninstalling it, if possible and see if that makes a difference.

If you have automatic updates turned on, check the update log to see whether anything has been updated in the background.

You could try booting up in safe mode (hit F8 key on startup to get to the boot options). Did that make a difference? If so, then the cause is something that is loading at startup. You could also try a logged boot and compare the results with the event log to see if you can spot a long delay - 10 minutes should be visible - then disable whatever it was loading at the time.

You could try using System Restore to get back to a time before the problem arose - the day before "yesterday"?

I assume you've already run a full virus/spam scan of your machine and found nothing?

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