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OK, the problem - all of a sudden Win 8.1 is taking noticeably longer to boot.

Before today, from powering on, the entire process of boot > startup > login and successful load of desktop was approximately 20-25 seconds.

Now it takes about 60 seconds to get to login and when I'm finally in, everything is slow as hell for a further 2 mins.

After that everything starts running smoothly again.

Nothing new software or hardware wise has been installed.

Things tried so far:
  • Full virus & malwarebytes scan - no issues detected
  • Deleted all temp files
  • Performed a clean boot and safe mode - both slow
  • Tried creating a new user profile - abandoned initial login after 10mins of windows trying to set everything up
  • Ran check disk & sfc scannow - no issues

The fact it took 10 minutes, after which I abandoned it, to login for the first time as new user is pointing me towards one of two possible causes:
  1. Windows is damaged
  2. HDD is on its way out

Before I explore those routes, anyone have any other suggestions?
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Hmmm, strange.

After further investigation, I've noticed the delay is only when I restart windows.

If I do a cold boot, it's fine and loads up nice and quick.
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Hmmm turned out to be my nvidia drivers.

Once i uninstalled them windows restarts in no time at all
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Dangit!

Ok, so with no nvidia driver installed and running on bog standard resolution, the pc restarts lightning quick.

As soon as the nvidia driver is installed, back to restarts that take much longer.

Any suggestions?
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*bump*

Any suggestions before I backup and re-install windows?
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I've got right about the same issue. Booting takes anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes, and this is on an SSD. (Samsung 830 256GB)
Uninstalled everything nVidia, booting takes ~11 sec. After a reinstall ~18sec. Now it's a day later, and I'm back to 3-5 minutes frown.gif

Once in Windows, everything is lightning fast though..
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Originally Posted by Radeon915 View Post

I've got right about the same issue. Booting takes anywhere between 3 to 5 minutes, and this is on an SSD. (Samsung 830 256GB)
Uninstalled everything nVidia, booting takes ~11 sec. After a reinstall ~18sec. Now it's a day later, and I'm back to 3-5 minutes frown.gif

Once in Windows, everything is lightning fast though..

I'm not sure if it's a Win 8 issue with nvidia drivers or not, or conflicting with another application. I posted on the geforce forums and there were no solutions there.

However, I tested having just one card in at a time in case one of my gpus is playing up.

As soon as I had them both reseated together again, the problem has gone away and I'm back to speedy boot times again *scratches head*
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*sigh*

OK, looks like reseating the gpu was fluke and not related

Applied a windows update last night, restarted and now windows is completely borked and won't boot

Me thinks my HDD or the windows install was is the problem frown.gif

Going to attempt a windows repair tonight
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    It could still be a HDD issue.  Download CrystalDiskMark portable (the portable edition is ad free), and post a screenshot of your system disk's SMART information here.
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Originally Posted by Techie007 View Post

    It could still be a HDD issue.  Download CrystalDiskMark portable (the portable edition is ad free), and post a screenshot of your system disk's SMART information here.

forgot to post on here... fixed it

my hardware was 100% A-OK

turned out to be UltraUXthemepatcher

With the patcher installed and applying update KB2919355, the system would restart and then stuck at a black screen with some of the taskbar icons momentarily flickering.

Restored, re-applied update, same issue.

Seeing as there as some minor UI changes in the update, I reverted to a default windows theme and uninstalled the theme patcher, which forces a restart.

As soon as I restarted, exact same issue as the windows update, black screen with flickering taskbar icons.

Turns out on the theme patcher's website, they have that issue in their FAQs

Pitfalls of using 3rd party hacks I suppose.

Anyway, once I managed to completely get rid of the patcher, all of my boot problems have vanished and windows is lightning fast again.
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