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Windows 7 takes a VERY long time to boot -- Safe Mode works

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#1 jpfulton248


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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:02 AM

I'm working on a pc for somebody right now that has Windows 7 Pro installed and takes a very very long time to boot. Sometimes it will stall at "Starting Windows" where the logo pulses. It will stall there for 10+ minutes and finally I'll just shut it down. Sometimes it gets to a blank desktop with a cursor and stalls there for a very long time. Sometimes it will actually make it all the way in to Windows before I give up and shut it down. When I try safe mode it doesn't have a problem. I have no reason to suspect malware just based on how the computer is acting and what I see in msconfig, add/remove programs. Current antivirus installed is Microsoft Security Essentials


I have:

  • Ran chkdsk /r in recover console. No problems.
  • Restored to previous restore point 2 weeks ago (well before problem started). Didn't help but did take almost 40 minutes to complete.
  • Ran SeaTools for DOS to check hard drive for errors. No problems.
  • Ran MemTest. No problems.
  • Went into msconfig to look for any startup items I could turn off. There is nothing in there that shouldn't be running. The only things I could shut off would be Adobe Reader, HP Printer Auto Update, Java Auto Update, etc

My next plan was to try sysprep to remove all drivers and reinstall. I'm thinking maybe a bad driver caused this but I would have expected a system restore to fix that. Hoping I can even run sysprep in safe mode. This is the guide I'm planning to follow:



Anybody have any ideas??


Any help much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Edited by jpfulton248, 05 February 2014 - 09:17 AM.

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#2 jpfulton248

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 09:59 AM



Went in to msconfig -- startup tab. Disabled Microsoft Security Essentials. Rebooted. Computer booted into normal mode no problem.


Uninstalled Microsoft Security Essentials. Problem solved.


Hopefully this will help someone else.


P.S. Sysprep failed when I tried to use it. I tried to use some of the guides around the internet for getting around this problem. None worked.

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 12:49 PM

You are going to need to add another antivirus, Avast is a good antivirus, and best of all... it's free.

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