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How to debug Win 7 startup?

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As the title states I was wondering if there is a way to debug the windows 7 startup, more specifically the loading screen. I think if there is a way to run a log file or have it show what it is doing rather than the splash screen it will help a lot of people with the issues they have booting.

Like my issue, right now my system will bout about 1/3rd of the time and the other times it will hand on the loading screen, not freeze as the logo still continues to do the pulsing thing and it never gives a BSOD or restarts it just stays there. Some times it will boot right in and appear to be stable but if you restart it almost never restarts clean it will usually stay on that screen a few times then eventually it will boot in clean again.

I have a suspicion that this is due to a SATA error with my SSD as when this happens (it stays on that screen) usually it will also pause briefly during post on the identifying SATA adapters step like it can't find my SSD or there is a configuration conflict.
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Start>Run>Msconfig
Click on Boot tab

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Edited by freakb18c1 - 6/15/11 at 5:05am
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Go into Event Viewer.

The system logs certain startup events even though you are not yet booted into the Windows.

You may be able to find your problem there, but you will need to have a clean boot to view the log.

Event Viewer is in Computer Management.

Look in the Windows Logs --> System.
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When you boot up tap f8. Choose enable bootlogging. Then boot into windows. Reboot. In windows dir or root should be a file called boot.log
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