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Windows 8 takes 4-5 mins to boot even after clean install.

  1. #11


    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro


    Midou,
    I would think booting into safe mode should clear the problem as well, then maybe we can narrow things down. If it doesn't, my guess would be that it could be hardware related, since the problem seems to have persisted through 2 seperate installs, but that might not mean much depending on exactly what he means by "clean install".

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  2. #12


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    My desktop was taking some minutes booting up with all the stuff that was being loaded, even with a fairly clean load of W8.1. What brought that time way down was to clone my traditional electromechanical C: hard drive to a Samsung SSD 840 EVO 500GB and install that. I'll never use a traditional hard drive as a boot drive again - ever. With SSD prices coming down every day, that might be a simple solution for you with no real compromise of function.

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  3. #13


    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro


    While the SSD will be faster no doubt, there is no reason that a traditional SATA drive should take a couple of minutes to boot the OS. I think the biggest culprit to lagging boot times, and slow performance in general, is all the proprietary crap that a lot of the top mfg's bog down computers with. They make it even worse when someone had the brilliant idea some years ago to stop including an OEM copy of the OS when you purchased the computer, so you cannot really do a 'clean install' - all you can do is a recovery with all the bloat that was originally loaded in the first place. I firmly believe that most computers would be almost 50% faster if you wipe HD of the factory crap, install windows from an OS disk, and then load the drivers you need individually from there.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    My desktop had no crapware as I had built it from scratch. However, it does have a number of useful background applications I choose to load, and the sum of that meant minutes of boot up time, which with an SSD is maybe a fourth of what it was. Your mileage may vary.

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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by Crunchy Doodle View Post
    My desktop had no crapware as I had built it from scratch. However, it does have a number of useful background applications I choose to load, and the sum of that meant minutes of boot up time, which with an SSD is maybe a fourth of what it was. Your mileage may vary.

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    Yea me too Clean installed 8.1, no crap ware except of my own doing, I have 4 gadgets that take a good 20 seconds to load doubling my boot time. Hoping in the future Metro Apps will replace them and my boot times will shorten. LOL a couple of years ago who would have thought that 40 Second boot time was slow. SSD's have changed our worlds. From the beginning I don't remember anything that made this much difference. Well maybe Windows 2000 the first really working Windows
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  6. #16


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    After eliminating all other possibilities, I tried to install a fresh copy of Windows 8 from an OEM iso file and it installed fine and the computer starts up in about 30 secs now. It turns out that the recovery partition installed on my laptops hard drive might have been corrupted so when I recovered the windows installation from there, it recovered a corrupted copy. Thank you all for the suggestions and helping me figure this out.
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