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Restart taking abnormally long time

  1. #11


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    windows 8.1 pro with media center


    Oops didn't see that sorry !

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  2. #12


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by thomassteele View Post
    Oops didn't see that sorry !
    O.k., thought i would mention it.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Still the same now ? Have not decided to go with Windows 8.1 update ? Have installed other software ? Updated system drivers ? This a custom build or retail brand ? What is model and make ?
    yes, still same. Did full windows update now. Yes, some basic stuff. System drivers updated. Custom build, win 8.1 alienware edition.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by onlytanmoy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Still the same now ? Have not decided to go with Windows 8.1 update ? Have installed other software ? Updated system drivers ? This a custom build or retail brand ? What is model and make ?
    yes, still same. Did full windows update now. Yes, some basic stuff. System drivers updated. Custom build, win 8.1 alienware edition.
    Do you know how to restart in safe mode ? Like to see if this happens in safe mode. Chances something that is loading or trying to load is causing this, drivers or a service.


    • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap Settings, and then tap Change PC settings.
      (If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, click Settings, and then click Change PC settings.)
    • Under PC settings, tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click Recovery.
    • Under Advanced startup, tap or click Restart now.
    • Once your PC restarts, on the Choose an option screen, tap or click Troubleshoot.
      If you don't see the Startup Settings option, tap or click Advanced options.
    • Tap or click Startup Settings.
    • Tap or click Restart.
    • On the Startup Settings screen, select safe mode, should be number 4.

    • Sign in to your PC with a user account that has administrator rights.

      Let me know if it starts slow. What about cold boot, first starting the PC, how is it then ?

      Open Event Viewer by right clicking the Start button, click Event Viewer.* If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation. Maximize the screen, on the left open Custom Views, then Administrator events, from the top of the list in the middle do you see any items marked Error in a red exclamation point or as you go down list.

      Some people who have had this issue have disabled fast startup also a solution, but if due to something else, it is not.
      Fix Windows 8 and Later Restart and Shutdown Problems by Disabling
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  5. #15


    Posts : 103
    Windows 8 64 bit


    The method of safe booting you detailed here somehow did not work at my end, nothing appeared on pointing my mouse to the lower right of the screen, strange because i know this is how it works, used a lot earlier before i installed this OS.
    so, i followed the below method for safe boot-
    Use the System Configuration Tool (msconfig.exe) - works in Windows 8 & 8.1. The easiest method for booting into Safe Mode is to use the System Configuration tool, also known as msconfig.exe. Go to the Boot tab and, in the Boot options section check the box that says "Safe boot". Then, click or tap OK.

    Both Safe and cold booting took less than a minute.

    Event viewer showed me 259 entries- about 150 of which are red exclamation errors and rest were yellow warnings.

    I have previously tried the askvg method, did not work.

    I think some issue with this custom OS itself. All i want is a slimmed down version of Win 8.1 as i use my machine mostly for gaming and watching HD movies. Thanks a lot for all your guidance so far mate.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by onlytanmoy View Post
    yes, still same. Did full windows update now. Yes, some basic stuff. System drivers updated. Custom build, win 8.1 alienware edition.
    yeah buddy.. unless you have an alienware computer .. do you?
    There most definitely are settings that someone setup in the alienware 'version of windows 8... that could be conflicting with your system..

    but before I go on, do you or do you not have an alienware system ?
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  7. #17


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    You are welcome !!
    So this Custom built did not come with Windows 8.1 or did it and then you reinstalled it recently and then this issue came up with slow restart ?
    When showed me Windows update screen definitely not all recommended and important are all done yet, not saying this might be cause.

    If setting someone setup in Custom built if reinstalled it should be gone, unless something else not been told about.
    Now you said doing safe boot through PC Settings, Advanced options did not work, what happened exactly ?

    Strange that cold boot would boot fine and restart take so long. Windows 8.1 fast startup not going have an effect on restarts as was shown as a possible resolution.

    When use Event Viewer most recent ones errors in red if left click one and go to the right see an option to Copy, left click it one option will be Copy Details to Text, then open Notepad and paste a few post them here, do one at a time, just save Notepad open notepad and do another.
    Just like to see what some of these errors are.

    Can be caused by hardware issue or it's drivers as system check these on start, but would figure usually would do it when you cold boot.
    Restarts are always bit slower then cold boot.

    Have recent driver updates for AMD video card or any other slot cards ?
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