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Issue with Windows 8 startup and drivers loading

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1

    Issue with Windows 8 startup and drivers loading


    So, I seem to have an issue where Windows 8 will boot within seconds and get to the start screen but I won't be able to use my keyboard or mouse for about 10 - 15 seconds and they will flash on and off like it is still doing the Starting Windows screen. Is there a setting I may have screwed up or a way to fix this? I don't have the extreme fast boot on or whatever it is called where it bypasses the BIOS and graphics card loading screens. Any help is appreciated!

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  2. #2


    Forever West
    Posts : 591
    WinVista, Win7, Win8.1, Win10, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17.1


    Sounds like the drivers for a USB or USB Wireless input device are not loading at the beginning of the boot process. If it is an older computer might check the BIOS for a Legacy USB setting and make sure it's Enabled, haven't seen the same with newer computers.
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  3. #3


    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    You might check for unnecessary startup items under the Startup tab in Task Manager that you don't need to start at boot, if unsure send us a screenshot. Knowing the model of the computer would help.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    The motherboard is an ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, I built my PC myself so I guess that is what you are looking for in terms of model. Let me know if you need more information. Also I will check out the legacy USB support later.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Make and model of mouse and keyboard? USB or wireless?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    I think I found the problem. I unplugged my portable Western Digital 1TB USB 3.0 hard drive before turning on my computer and my keyboard and mouse were functional instantly. I don't use it much so that isn't really a problem. If that is the issue not sure if there is a way to fix that or not, but marking thread as solved.

    Thank you guys for the help
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  7. #7


    It could be the order the drivers are initializing. Windows assigns numbers to the USB devices on the root hub and initializes each on in a specific order. If you want to keep using your external hdd, try changing around which USB ports things are plugged into until your keyboard/mouse lag goes away.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8.1


    Hmm okay. If I have a free day and I'm bored I'll give that a shot. Thank you!
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