I'm running Windows Vista Home Premium [SP2] on a Sony Vaio laptop.
For the last couple of weeks I have been experiencing slow boot times. It takes approx 5 minutes to get to a useable state/desktop.
The laptop starts as normal, takes about 1 minute to get to the windows icon, then it hangs on a black screen, then I see the welcome screen followed by another black screen that hangs for about 2 minutes.
The mouse/pointer is active during the black screen moments. Then once the desktop finally appears it takes about another minute or two for my taskbar icons to appear and be functional.
I've opened msconfig and my only startup program is avira antivirus, which was running on startup previously when the laptop was booting normally.
I have also tried doing a 'clean boot' with nothing selected and the problem still occurs.
I booted in Safe Mode and it appeared to start normally.
I tried booting without any external devices connected, made no difference.
I've run various scans, malwarebytes, Ccleaner, Defender, and also checked 'Autoruns', to no avail.
(I've also opened the Boot tab in system config and changed the timeout to 3 seconds instead of 30.)
Finally, I have tried to run SFC.exe [ sfc / scannow ] but it just flashes up for a split-second then vanishes!
I'm not really sure what more I can do now, so any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
(I should add: once the laptop is up and running it is working perfectly fine)
Update: I ran driverscanner and replaced/updated all my existing drivers which appears to have eliminated the 'black screen' issues on startup, however, it still seems like it's taking a long time to get to a 'workable' dekstop, so any advice on other things I could try to speed up the whole process would be helpful.
Edited by Chris Weeks, 08 January 2013 - 04:55 PM.