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I started a thread for this two weeks ago, but am still having this problem. Windows gets to the splash screen, then freezes on a black screen for a minute before getting to the login screen. After I get past that, a couple things can happen. If video and games won't work, the theme switches to the default, the taskbar (set to auto-hide, if that helps) will lag and "copy" itself (i.e., a static taskbar can be seen behind the moving one), and there will be lines flashing on the monitor for a split second loading. If it's successful, then it will load into Windows Aero normally. This happens about half the time and almost always on the second time.

What I've done so far:

-Unplugged everything but the hard drives, keyboard, mouse RAM, CPU and GPU. Literally nothing else (other than two fans, if they count) was plugged in.
-Reinstalled Windows. That worked for a night.
-Reinstalled drivers. That did nothing.
-CMOS reset. Nothing changed.
-Disabled any suspect start-up programs. Apparently none were the culprits.

It could be a DirectX issue, but I have no more leads.
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RAMRAMHard DriveHard Drive
Kingston Blu Red - 2x4GB ADATA XPG - 2x4GB Crucial M500 960GB Samsung 840 250GB 
Hard DriveCoolingCoolingCooling
WD Scorpio Blue 1TB Cooler Master 212+ PNY Quadro 600 blower Corsair H55 + Kraken G10 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Windows 10 Pro ASUS VE247H - 1080p Gateway FPD1960 - 1280x1024 Rosewill RK9000I - Cherry MX Blue 
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Rosewill HIVE 650W Fractal Design Arc Mini R2 Razer DeathAdder 2013 CyberPower 1500PFCLCD 
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AMD A10-7870K ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ G.Skill Ripjaws X - 2x4GB @ 2400MT/s Samsung 840 120GB 
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Evercool EC-HPS-810CP Windows 7 Pro 64-bit PicoPSU-120-WI-25 Mini-Box M350 
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Intel i3-4005U OEM Intel HD 4200 4GB DDR3 (soldered) 
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