Rebooting for the first time after running for a week or two always produces the same result.
On boot, I get the flying windows logo complete and steady after about 4 seconds (Good).
The logon screen then appears after about 10 to 20 seconds more (Good).
The hard drive stops the moment the logon screen appears (Normal).
The hard drive light then flickers a few times over the next few seconds (Normal).
Then the HD light comes on and is PINNED SOLID ON for anywhere from 7 to 14 minutes while the logon screen is displayed (Bad).
After waiting like 10 minutes for the HD light to go out, I log in.
The desktop appears in about 20 seconds and within a minute all of the startup items are done and the HD light goes to an occasional Flicker (Good).
Then the HD light comes on again and is PINNED SOLID ON for anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes while the idle desktop is displayed.
That described the first reboot after being up for a week or two.
After the desktop has completely idled down, reboot for the second time.
It repeats the same 4 to logo - 10 to 20 to logon.
Now the HD light comes on and is PINNED SOLID ON for anywhere from 2 to 6 minutes while the logon screen is displayed (Bad).
Again desktop in 20, done loading within the minute.
Now the HD light comes on again and is PINNED SOLID ON for anywhere from just seconds to a minute or so while the idle desktop is displayed.
Again after the desktop has completely idled down, reboot for the third time.
The third reboot there no pinning of the HD light at all.
I'm able to log in immediately and hit the desktop running in short order.
I have 5 win 7 boxes and they all respond as described.
Also, if you don't wait the 7 to 14 minutes at the logon screen for the HD light to stop and log in as soon as the screen appears after a first reboot.
It will take many minutes to get to an idle desktop.
Whatever is consuming 100% of the hard drive makes win7 take forever to complete a boot.
So, it's either wait forever at the logon screen or wait forever to get a desktop on first reboot after being up for a week or two.
I have used win 7 on a dozen machines for a decade now and this behavior is not new.
I do not know of a win 7 machine that does not respond this way.
I hope someone knows what windows is doing behind the logon screen and if it can be stopped.
Please help if you can.
Edited by hamluis, 03 July 2018 - 03:39 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Internal Hardware - Hamluis.