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Slow logon with SSD

  1. #1


    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1 pro

    Slow logon with SSD


    I use SSD for my win8.1 pro boot disk and a HDD for data. As a usual practise, I have an administrator a/c created when installing windows, and also one normal a/c for each of my family members, including myself. For daily use all of us use own normal a/cs, admin a/c is used only for system admin works. To save SSD space all a/cs have their special folders (e.g. my documents, my musics, my pictures etc) moved to HDD using the Location tab. The OS worked fine and logon any a/c can be done within 10-15 secs. Then I started to install software (>50). But then more often than not, I install them using my normal a/c and input the admin a/c password when prompted. All software worked fine also. However, I found that my normal a/c (the one I use to install software) logon now took > 5 mins to complete. Most of the time the HDD LED has no activity. Worst still, logoff also took similar time. But all other a/cs remain speedy logon and logoff. I know the more s/w you install the slower is the logon time, but the problem only happens to my normal a/c, admin a/c and other normal a/c are not affected.

    I don't know if the problem is related to using the a/c for many software installations, but it appears to me that they are related. Another possibility is that I still have a win7 on my HDD and no longer used (no dual boot). Some old folders in HDD were created by users of win7. In win8, for convenience, I changed some of these old folders to be owned by users in win8. Again not sure if related to the problem. I appreciate any help to resolve the lengthly logon/logoff problem. Let me know if I should provide any other info.

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  2. #2


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    You can use Autoruns to check what is loaded at startup and disable what you don't need.

    Your HDD may contain old boot partitions which are confusing the BIOS / Windows on startup. First backup your system, then you can use a utility like MiniTool Partition Wizard to delete the old partitions and extend the size of the partitions you want to keep.

    Ensure all the partitions on your HDD are Inactive. I once had a slow boot due to an old HDD system disc having an Active partition.
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  3. #3


    Cross Plains
    Posts : 255
    Windows 10 Pro


    I might also run a virus scan as you cant be too careful. If you dont already have AV installed, I recommend Comodo Internet Security. I doubt its a virus, but with all the exploit kits and other attack vectors being used anymore it isnt out of the question, especially if some of the software you have installed originates from the internet.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2
    windows 8.1 pro


    Thanks for all the replies.


    @Steven, I've used msconfig to disable things I don't really need. My BIOS is set to boot from SDD not HDD, an my system is NOT dual boot. The HDD is still in use in win8 so I can't inactive the partition. If it is the BIOS or partition problem, it should happens for all users, not just one user.

    @Arazel, I've AV scanned the whole system, once in win8 and another in linux. Nothing was found.

    Is there any way I can find out what happens after I input the password? I mean the win8 flash screen appears very fast 10-15 secs but once I input the password of that particular user a/c it took 5 mins for the metro to appear. Other a/cs took just 5 secs.
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  5. #5


    UK
    Posts : 275
    Windows 8.1 64 bit


    If the problem is only with one account it could be an account configuration problem In that case, I would just create a new account, copy the user files across and delete the offending account. Do you have a network share or drive set up on the slow account? That can sometimes slow down the login if the share is slow to configure. Test by deleting the network share / drive.

    Autoruns generally finds more startup items than MSCONFIG and you can select startup items by user. You can use a utility like Minitool Partition Wizard to set any Active Partitions on your HDD to Inactive.
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