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windows 8 slow boot up

  1. #11


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    I'm still not sure what you are trying to do at this point; other than speed up your boot time. You showed a view of your power options that indicates you do not have permission to make certain changes. I assume you were looking to see if fast boot was enabled; yes? Now, you are switching your focus to your SSD. With that said, you need to clearly understand the ramifications of a firmware update with respect to your specific make/model. From my experience, sometimes you can update the SSD firmware without data loss; however, sometimes a firmware update requires a reinstall of the OS. I have seen the latter be the case in the early days of the Crucial SSD firmware updates. Maybe its time for you to take a peek at the Crucial SSD forum and see what others with the same SSD are doing. Good luck. Hope this information has helped you.

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  2. #12


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    I have managed to enable the shutdown settings to show the fast bootup options.
    but noticed that it is grey out.

    thanks. will leave the ssd alone for now.
    I just fine it strange that the bootup time for the ssd is so long.
    when I first bought the ssd last year, i was using windows 7. same issue also.
    other than slow bootup time, nothing wrong with the drive.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by yeowkm View Post
    I have managed to enable the shutdown settings to show the fast bootup options.
    but noticed that it is grey out.
    Is it grey-out with a check mark or empty box? Did you try disabling the startup programs as previously suggested? Any reason why you never provided the boot time in seconds (as requested) instead of the number of spinning circles? When I ask you about apples, you tell me the virtues of oranges. We are definitely not in-sych. Good luck.
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  4. #14


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    its grey out with a check mark.
    all startup programs are disabled.
    bootup time abt 50 sec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yeowkm View Post
    its grey out with a check mark.
    all startup programs are disabled.
    bootup time abt 50 sec.
    OK, thanks for that information.

    So fast boot is grey out with a checkmark; yes? I have to assume that means it is active but if anyone else knows different, please advise accordingly. So, a few more questions:

    Is your shutdown also slow (mine tales between 1 and 3 seconds on my desktop)?
    Can we see a screenshot of your disk management?
    Can you provide your system specs?
    Do you have a UEFI or Legacy installation?
    Any fast boot option in your BIOS? (I have fast boot enabled in Win 8 and my UEFI BIOS)

    For comparison, I can boot into Win 8 in about 6-7 seconds from a cold start. A restart takes a bit longer and ranges between 18-28 seconds. I also have an SSD.
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    Another followup thought. You can also try disconnecting all peripheral devices (except keyboard and mouse). Reboot a few times and then power off and test from a cold start.
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  7. #17


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    And yet another thought. Can you provide a view of disk defrag? Your should look like mine. If not, maybe your SSD was not recognized properly and has an alignment issue or maybe it does require a firmware update?

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  8. #18


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    my specs
    Intel i5 2400 3.1GHz
    board - Asus P8H67-M Evo
    GFX - Sapphire 5770 Vapor-x
    RAM - Cosair 4GBx2 DDR3
    Crucial 64GB M4 SSD
    WD Green 2TBx2
    WD Red 2TBx1
    PSU - 650W

    shutdown is abt 10-12 sec
    Do you have a UEFI or Legacy installation? No
    Any fast boot option in your BIOS? No

    its confirm that i m using ide controllers for my SSD.

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    The SSD running in IDE mode is an issue and could be the primary reason for your slowness (as reported). It should be running in AHCI mode to be properly recognized (and function) as a true solid state device (SSD). Now, what to do? Unfortunately, I have never run across this situation before with an SSD, so the only clear-cut recommendation I can make is to save your important data to an external hard drive, change the mode to AHCI in your BIOS and do a clean install. However, I have done some research and it appears there are some that have been able to successfully switch modes after installation but I have also found many unsuccessful attempts as well. With tha said, I will provide you with two links. The first is a clean install tutorial and the second is a method used to swith from IDE to AHCI after installation. Note the latter is only an example:

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Guide Change from IDE to AHCI after Installation

    If any other forum member has dealt with this condition effectively (without a clean install), please chime in with specific instructions for the OP on how to rectify this issue.

    Anyway, glad I could help you find a problem that could be the cause of you reported issue. Good luck and let us know which way you decide to go on this.
    Last edited by JustATest; 31 Jul 2013 at 06:01.
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  10. #20

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    I tried twice to re-install W7 and W8 with AHCI enabled before the installation(via BIOS) and once enabling AHCI mode after W7 installation,following the above guide (plus the not mentioned disk driver update trick ) and did NOT succeed.I am blaming it on my old 775 socket Mobo but thats just me,still struggling...
    I made it happen once by connecting only the SSD,changing "SATA configuration" and 'configure SATA as" options in BIOS,aswell updating disk drivers via device manager by checking "let me pick from a list of device drivers" and unchecking "show compatible hardware".Give that a try,i did not kept them settings cause it wouldnt recognize the rest of my drives,maybe i should insist a bit more..Knock yourself out...
    Last edited by proudtobegreek; 31 Jul 2013 at 14:06.
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