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Windows 8 is slower to boot up.

  1. #11


    DeLand, FL
    Posts : 380
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit


    I'm running a Dell Inspiron 17R. The startup seemed extraordinarily slow for the first couple of times after the upgrade. However after several cold boot cycles it finally settled down. I think the system may simply have been building a cache buffer or something and hadn't had time to complete it. After a few hours the system seemed to stabilize and now runs solid. The boot time to the login screen is fairly quick though loading the desktop takes the same amount of time as it did under W7.

    -Max

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  2. #12


    Hannover, Germany
    Posts : 37
    Windows 8 Pro x64 RTM Build 9200


    After you upgraded your BIOS did you re-set the BIOS settings?
    It just sounds like you have some cautious BIOS settings, RAM checks and lame stuff like that, usually after you update your BIOS you have to go set everything back again.
    For the Dell logo to be taking time to show, that's nothing to do with Windows, since Windows hasn't even STARTED to load at that point.
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  3. #13


    Hannover, Germany
    Posts : 37
    Windows 8 Pro x64 RTM Build 9200


    Do Dell still include an option to display the POST messages? (i.e kill the logo and show you whats actually happening?)
    This sounds like an Extended Memory Test is being carried out, you should go take a look if that option is set in BIOS
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  4. #14


    Victoria, BC
    Posts : 1
    Windows 8Pro 64Bit


    I have noticed that signing in with local account (rather than using the live account) and disabling "live tile" on the start screen speeds up boot time. I haven't measured the actual timing, but it's a noticeable difference. Still not as fast as they were claiming it could boot in their commercials.
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  5. #15


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MisterApathy View Post
    After you upgraded your BIOS did you re-set the BIOS settings?
    It just sounds like you have some cautious BIOS settings, RAM checks and lame stuff like that, usually after you update your BIOS you have to go set everything back again.
    For the Dell logo to be taking time to show, that's nothing to do with Windows, since Windows hasn't even STARTED to load at that point.
    Quote Originally Posted by MisterApathy View Post
    Do Dell still include an option to display the POST messages? (i.e kill the logo and show you whats actually happening?)
    This sounds like an Extended Memory Test is being carried out, you should go take a look if that option is set in BIOS

    I updated my BIOS like a year ago when I had Windows 7, I have also reset the BIOS settings and disabled Intel Speedstep.

    I will look if I have some extended memory test going on.
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  6. #16


    Hannover, Germany
    Posts : 37
    Windows 8 Pro x64 RTM Build 9200


    Ok based on this... Drivers for Laptops\XPS\XPS 15 (L501X)

    Your BIOS should be version A08 at this point, so hopefully it is.
    Within your BIOS head to the Boot tab, and make sure "Quick Power on Self Test" and "Boot Up Floppy Seek" (if that still even exists in bios) are both set to Disabled. As far as I know in Phoenix BIOS (which Dell use), those are probably the only two things which would delay your POST time. If the option is there for "Bootup Virus Protection" you could probably disable that for a few extra seconds. And you should set your boot priority so that you are booting from your Windows install location (usually your main hard disk) so that you don't need to waste time detecting whether bootable media is found in your USB or DVD-rom.

    Aside that, I am kinda running out of ideas really.
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  7. #17


    Hannover, Germany
    Posts : 37
    Windows 8 Pro x64 RTM Build 9200


    Ok just a couple more suggestions.... (don't ask me why I am trawling the internet over this, but I am LOL)

    Dell laptops have a type of BIOS reset you can do, which sometimes can straighten out these more bizarre issues.

    - Remove all power and network cables
    - Remove the battery
    - Press the on switch
    - Leave the laptop alone for 10 minutes
    - Reinsert the battery and cables
    - Start

    A few other people reported their boot times getting progressively slower, and it was the result of a dying hard disk.
    Maybe get yourself a hard disk diagnostics app and run that just to be safe.
    Further still a few people reported issues with the network controller, and after they updated drivers some of them noticed a visible improvement in shutdown/startup times.

    These are all just shots in the dark, but you never know one of them might straighten it out.
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  8. #18


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by MisterApathy View Post
    Ok just a couple more suggestions.... (don't ask me why I am trawling the internet over this, but I am LOL)

    Dell laptops have a type of BIOS reset you can do, which sometimes can straighten out these more bizarre issues.

    - Remove all power and network cables
    - Remove the battery
    - Press the on switch
    - Leave the laptop alone for 10 minutes
    - Reinsert the battery and cables
    - Start

    A few other people reported their boot times getting progressively slower, and it was the result of a dying hard disk.
    Maybe get yourself a hard disk diagnostics app and run that just to be safe.
    Further still a few people reported issues with the network controller, and after they updated drivers some of them noticed a visible improvement in shutdown/startup times.

    These are all just shots in the dark, but you never know one of them might straighten it out.
    Dude, you are awesome, this actually fixed it, Thank you so much for spending your time to work out how to fix it!

    All it needed was a reset! - My overall boot time is faster too, now 30 seconds compared to 1:08

    Can't thank you enough, now I will mark the thread as solved!
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  9. #19


    Hannover, Germany
    Posts : 37
    Windows 8 Pro x64 RTM Build 9200


    There ya go, I guess I was just inspired because I know for a fact Windows 8 is fast, so whenever I hear someone say its not I have to figure out WHY hehehe

    Glad everything is sorted, have fun man
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  10. #20


    United Kingdom
    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    I have remarked the post as unsolved since the problem is happening again because of the mouse, details in first post.
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