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Slow boot speeds and other issues

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Slow boot speeds and other issues

    Alright, so to start, I've been having some boot issues with W8 lately. It's fast and all, and I've optimized it to my liking, disabled Hibernation, but still, booting is long. The OEM boot logo is fast, but from then I just get a black screen for about a minute until it boots. This is annoying since it takes a while, sometimes even 2 minutes.
    Another odd thing is that I cannot shut off UEFI from BIOS. If I set it to Legacy BIOS on my Acer, I get the Intel PXE can't find boot media screen, and have to switch it back. Is there anyway for me to set Legacy BIOS to on, or should I forget about it? I'd like to know how to get the Legacy BIOS setting to work, and make W8 boot faster if possible.

    Thanks for the help.

    EDIT: If needed, here's my OS info. I am running Windows 8 Pro x64.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 61
    Windows 8.1 32-Bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Mystic View Post
    ... disabled Hibernation, but still, booting is long. The OEM boot logo is fast, but from then I just get a black screen for about a minute until it boots. This is annoying since it takes a while, sometimes even 2 minutes.
    If you prefer a faster boot time, you should enable hibernation and turn fast boot on. If you do this, you should restart the system from time to time to keep the system stable. A restart performs a normal startup (as you have now) and all start up items and drivers will be set up freshly.
    The Fast Boot should speed up boot time appreciable.
    Since I don't have UEFI, I leave it to someone else to answer that part of the question.
    Last edited by Hybrid Vigor; 17 May 2013 at 03:38.
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  3. #3

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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Upload to Dropbox/SkyDrive/etc
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  4. #4

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Quote Originally Posted by Vadikan View Post
    Upload to Dropbox/SkyDrive/etc
    What is this file? BootCKCL.etl? Is this for UEFI/Legacy BIOS?
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  5. #5

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    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Windows 8 automatically creates а log of every boot in ETL format. This file helps analyzing boot issues instead of pure guessing.
    Last edited by Vadikan; 20 May 2013 at 08:45.
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  6. #6

    hey vadikan bro, can u examine my bootckcl.etl
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  7. #7

    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    Hi yeniceli2001,

    Based on this log, it seems your NVidia service is responsible for the first delay. It's starts early in the game, and then nothing else starts until 39th second. During this period there's not much CPU activity, but your HDD usage is close to 100% (actually, it's true for the whole boot duration, meaning you need an SSD if you want to a decent boot time).

    There's also something strange happens at 137th second. HDD usage goes down, and CPU usage goes up.

    Click image for larger version

    conhost and netcfg kick in per the log below. I'm not sure why this is going on, and neither I can tell why slui.exe is in there.

    Is your system legally activated?
    Line # Lifetime Process Duration (s) Command Line Start Time (s) End Time (s)
    70 netcfg.exe (3256) 0.606999740 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -u MS_PPPOE 136.833616855 137.440616595
    71 conhost.exe (3280) 0.605447937 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 136.836396142 137.441844079
    72 netcfg.exe (3812) 0.059537097 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -u MS_PPTP 137.443749964 137.503287061
    73 conhost.exe (3836) 0.055938290 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 137.448052317 137.503990607
    74 netcfg.exe (3764) 0.027652780 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -u MS_RASMAN 137.505245802 137.532898582
    75 conhost.exe (4044) 0.025443103 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 137.507893206 137.533336309
    76 netcfg.exe (2976) 0.021957704 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -u MS_NDISWANLEGACY 137.534006499 137.555964203
    77 conhost.exe (2692) 0.021026314 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 137.535322248 137.556348562
    78 netcfg.exe (4092) 0.022819304 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -u MS_NDISWAN 137.557012594 137.579831898
    79 conhost.exe (3120) 0.021846348 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 137.558377606 137.580223954
    80 sppsvc.exe (1256) 125.204042078 C:\Windows\system32\sppsvc.exe 140.893238110 266.097280188
    81 netcfg.exe (2468) 1.941364529 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -c p -i MS_NDISWAN 152.474530469 154.415894998
    82 conhost.exe (3256) 1.940044163 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 152.476354248 154.416398411
    83 netcfg.exe (1232) 0.189962442 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -c p -i MS_NDISWANLEGACY 154.417310813 154.607273255
    84 conhost.exe (3064) 0.189080828 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 154.418680957 154.607761785
    85 netcfg.exe (2524) 0.252410708 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -c s -i MS_RASMAN 154.608714728 154.861125436
    86 conhost.exe (1100) 0.251524477 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 154.610056134 154.861580611
    87 netcfg.exe (2200) 0.187391499 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -c p -i MS_PPTP 154.862547409 155.049938908
    88 conhost.exe (3480) 0.186581728 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 154.863832368 155.050414096
    89 netcfg.exe (2688) 0.190851239 "C:\Windows\System32\netcfg.exe" -e -c p -i MS_PPPOE 155.051437855 155.242289094
    90 conhost.exe (3772) 0.189955258 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 155.052817748 155.242773006
    91 SppExtComObj.Exe (3256) 110.908894181 C:\Windows\system32\SppExtComObj.exe -Embedding 155.180713716 266.089607897
    92 HD-LogRotator.exe (2040) 0.155477931 "C:\Program Files (x86)\BlueStacks\HD-LogRotator.exe" 156.675521283 156.830999214
    93 conhost.exe (3488) 108.619954044 156.679540883 267.566579000
    94 WmiPrvSE.exe (3772) 110.428301758 C:\Windows\system32\wbem\wmiprvse.exe -Embedding 157.138277242 267.566579000
    95 ngen.exe (3480) 108.486422527 C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Ngen.exe Update /Queue /Delay 159.080156473 267.566579000
    96 dllhost.exe (2004) 108.426055134 C:\Windows\system32\DllHost.exe /Processid:{30D49246-D217-465F-B00B-AC9DDD652EB7} 159.140523866 267.566579000
    97 ngen.exe (4128) 12.872729064 C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\Ngen.exe Update /Queue /Delay 159.367433998 172.240163062
    98 conhost.exe (4136) 12.868105471 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 159.373344602 172.241450073
    99 HSSTrayService.exe (4172) 0.289912614 "C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\bin\HssTrayService.exe" -r HssTrayService -nolaunchurl 160.806340223 161.096252837
    100 conhost.exe (4180) 0.285591274 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 160.811954219 161.097545493
    101 HSSTrayService.exe (4192) 0.021727807 "C:\Program Files (x86)\Hotspot Shield\bin\HssTrayService.EXE" 161.078284970 161.100012777
    102 slui.exe (4224) 106.347435581 "C:\Windows\System32\SLUI.exe" RuleId=502ff3ba-669a-4674-bbb1-601f34a3b968;Action=AutoActivateSilent;AppId=55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f;SkuId=458e1bec-837a-45f6-b9d5-925ed5d299de;NotificationInterval=1440;Trigger=NetworkAvailable 161.219143419 267.566579000
    103 conhost.exe (4636) 2.283754665 \??\C:\Windows\system32\conhost.exe 0xffffffff 171.691745424 173.975500089
    What you also have is a bunch of .NET Framework executables running at startup. Perhaps, they are related to Visual Studio.

    Recommendations for further troubleshooting:
    1. Use
    msconfig to disable start up of third party services such as Team Viewer, Nvidia, Abbyy, etc (except your antivirus)
    task manager to disable start up of third party software not critical to your activities
    See instructions here. Reboot and go to step 2.

    2. Download Windows ADK, install Windows Performance toolkit, and create a full boot trace.
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  8. #8

    tnx bro, yes i need a ssd tnx for ur help
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  9. #9

    Posts : 480
    Windows 8 Pro x64

    No problem. If you don't feel like troubleshooting and making logs, just set the above services startup type to Manual in services.msc, remove unwanted items from startup, reboot, and run defrag /b c: on the command prompt.

    Then reboot again and post the result of the PowerShell command to measure the improvement.

    Get-WinEvent -maxevents 5 -FilterHashtable @{logname="Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance/Operational"; id=100} | fl *
    Last edited by Vadikan; 25 Jun 2013 at 03:30.
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