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Windows 8 hangs when loading taskbar

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    Windows 8 hangs when loading taskbar


    New fresh install of windows 8, at first I had no problems. Now when booting into windows the desktop appears and the taskbar items take 30-50secs to load. I disabled all the startup items and the problems persists. I tried disabling all windows services and the problem went away. I'm using a SSD for windows and a 7200rpm hard disk for files. After the system hang I can hear the hard drive spin up and all items load within 3 secs.

    So I enabled some services until the problem came back. I thought I pinpointed it to the dchp and DNS service but after another restart the system would hang again.

    I can try and do each windows service one by one but they are around 50-80 services.

    Anyone else have this issue?

    Could it be a windows update?
    Last edited by Wayoff333; 10 Jan 2013 at 09:01.

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    System takes 102secs to completely reboot, with a SSD ......
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    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Firstly make sure you're not running two (or more) anti-virus products as these can conflict with each other and cause problems. If you are please un-install one or un-install both and use the built in Windows 8 Defender.

    Although always a possibility, it's doubtful that a Windows Service (rather a 3rd party service) is causing this problem. Try the following:

    1. Open up msconfig and click on the "Services" tab.
    2. Tick the box "Hide all Microsoft Services".
    3. Select about half of the services and untick the rest.
    4. Reboot your PC and see if the problem persists.

    If it's now fine you can now probably exclude those services so untick them and select the other half. If you are now getting problems we can assume that the problem lays in one of those services so you will need to untick one-by-one until you find the one causing the issues.

    Please also update the firmware of your SSD if possible to Windows 8 versions.

    -cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by milw0rm View Post
    Firstly make sure you're not running two (or more) anti-virus products as these can conflict with each other and cause problems. If you are please un-install one or un-install both and use the built in Windows 8 Defender.

    Although always a possibility, it's doubtful that a Windows Service (rather a 3rd party service) is causing this problem. Try the following:

    1. Open up msconfig and click on the "Services" tab.
    2. Tick the box "Hide all Microsoft Services".
    3. Select about half of the services and untick the rest.
    4. Reboot your PC and see if the problem persists.

    If it's now fine you can now probably exclude those services so untick them and select the other half. If you are now getting problems we can assume that the problem lays in one of those services so you will need to untick one-by-one until you find the one causing the issues.

    Please also update the firmware of your SSD if possible to Windows 8 versions.

    -cheers
    No aditional antivirus software is installed. Already tried disabling non-windows services, problem persists. If I disable all windows services it reboots in 25secs and the problem is gone.

    Tonight I'm going to try and do a windows "refresh" if that doesn't help then I will reinstall.

    Any other thoughts?
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    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    A refresh might work if some windows files have become corrupted. Have you made sure you have got all windows 8 updates?, if not please do.

    It might also worth doing a scan of your system with Malwarebytes, TDSSkiller and Hitman Pro just in-case a Windows file has become infected or you have a rootkit:

    Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer
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    -cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by milw0rm View Post
    A refresh might work if some windows files have become corrupted. Have you made sure you have got all windows 8 updates?, if not please do.

    It might also worth doing a scan of your system with Malwarebytes, TDSSkiller and Hitman Pro just in-case a Windows file has become infected or you have a rootkit:

    Malwarebytes : Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removes malware including viruses, spyware, worms and trojans, plus it protects your computer
    TDSSKiller Download
    Home - SurfRight

    -cheers
    All updates installed, only had windows 8 installed for about 2 weeks, this issue started about a week ago. I haven't made any major changes its just puzzling me.

    Ill try the refresh and anti-malware tonight.
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    Think I found a solution, the newest bios update for my mobo here: GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket AM2+ - GA-MA785GM-US2H (rev. 3.3)


    Fixes: AHCI rom
    And SSD compatibility going to try tonight I will post if its a success.
    (Cant believe I didn't think of this first) ....sigh
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    Bios update no dice, problem persists. Trying windows 8 refresh, which for some ungodly reason is stuck at 4% for 20mins so far..... Ugh will it ever end!
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    refresh failed, couldn't read usb drive. Did a windows 8 reset, with nothing installed my startup time using restart-time.vbs is 100-150 secs takes 30 to get to desktop then just sits. i can open chrome and browse right away, but trying to click anything on taskbar or the pokki menu wont happen for 60-120secs

    very close to just throwing the damn thing out in the snow!

    anyone else have a similar issue?
    Last edited by Wayoff333; 10 Jan 2013 at 23:23.
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    Posts : 108
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    I'm wondering if event viewer would shed some light on this. Could you do the following?:

    1. Download myeventviewer from Nirsoft: Alternative to standard event viewer of Windows
    2. Run it and go to: "File/Clear All Event Logs" and then shut the program down.
    3. Restart your PC.

    Then use these posting instructions and attach the zip file created so we can examine any logs created:

    Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions

    -cheers
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