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Extremely slow wake and start up times

  1. #1


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1

    Extremely slow wake and start up times


    This is Windows 8.1. When I wake my computer from sleep, regardless of how long the computer has been sleeping, it takes 10-15 minutes to complete the process. It takes about a minute or so for the lock screen to show up. When it does appear, everything seems to be working but I click on the lock screen to reveal the password entry and a grey screen emerges but no password box or profile photo. Its as if the password box and photo are just missing on the page. So as I wait for the password box to appear, the lock screen will eventually return. I have to keep clicking on the lock screen to see if the password box has appeared.

    Sometimes instead of the grey screen, the loading circle of dots animation is displayed but still behind the lock screen as above.

    Any ideas?

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  2. #2


    Idea No 1
    Check Hard disk for bad sectors etc.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    I scanned the drive and no errors were found.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    I confirmed that the gray background color behind the lock screen is in fact the color you choose in the personalization menu. If I change the background color, the new color appears as a wait for the password entry box to appear.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Also, notifications seem to appear on the lock screen while waiting for the password entry box to appear. I will disable the password entry all together to see if that speeds things up.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1


    Waking up the laptop with no password works perfectly. For now this will be my solution, but I am really curious why the password causes such a delay.
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Extremely slow wake and start up times
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