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USB sticks and possible effects on startup/shutdown times

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    Okay, but what does it mean and what can I do?

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  2. #22


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    Something seems to be scheduled to run at startup - maybe a virus scan (the little clock). Run a schtasks /query command in command prompt and check for unusual tasks scheduled at startup.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Something seems to be scheduled to run at startup - maybe a virus scan (the little clock). Run a schtasks /query command in command prompt and check for unusual tasks scheduled at startup.
    Yes, very much this too.

    I noticed funk in the stack text of the crash that very well might be indicative of what you're saying. (Maybe, maybe not. Could even be some malware present.)

    I'm just shying away from this machine, because I gave it a huge amount of tlc already and results are back to (or worse than) square one. Also, I've offered a way to foolproof the system by suggesting a clone when the machine is in excellent state.

    Clonezilla rocks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bkshiroma View Post
    Okay, but what does it mean and what can I do?
    "Teach how to fish..." so Google can help.
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  4. #24


    The only antivirus I have is Windows Defender at Masterchief's suggestion. Does Windows Defender put that icon on?

    I'll check when I go home on other possibilities. The only other thing I can think of offhand is the Intel Management Engine which was among the drivers I was told to install. But then Smart Connect was among those drivers too, and Masterchief told me to get rid of it, which I did. Does anyone know if the Intel management engine is really necessary? There seems to be differing opinions on the web.

    As for the state of my computer, it is for the most part reasonably better than it was when I started at the beginning of all this. With Masterchief's help, Windows Update no longer crashes the system which is a big plus. I haven't had to reinstall, refresh, or reset Windows in over a week which is a record for this year. The two remaining issues are these startup, restart, and shutdown problems and the temporary freezes on the system. Even so, once things start up, things act normally.
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    Windows To Go is only available on the Enterprise version. What I mean is you can only create a Windows To GO drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Windows To GO will show up in control panel on Enterprise but not Pro. I've only ever seen that screen shot in post #4 on my laptop after creating a Windows to go drive. I think it does that so you can test it on the reboot. There is a BIOS boot option for it to on my laptop. No such window or option on my desktop that's running Pro. If you've never ever booted from a Windows To Go drive you likely won't find anything when you search for it on 8 Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows To Go is only available on the Enterprise version. What I mean is you can only create a Windows To GO drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Windows To GO will show up in control panel on Enterprise but not Pro. I've only ever seen that screen shot in post #4 on my laptop after creating a Windows to go drive. I think it does that so you can test it on the reboot. There is a BIOS boot option for it to on my laptop. No such window or option on my desktop that's running Pro. If you've never ever booted from a Windows To Go drive you likely won't find anything when you search for it on 8 Pro.
    Are you sure? I did clean install of 8.1 Pro. I did try Enterprise in a VM but never had a license so I dropped it. The screen print is from standard clean install of 8.1 Pro.

    EDIT - you can't make a Windows to go except with enterprise but you can boot from one. Perhaps I made the Windows to go after the clean install - I'm not sure. It was in a VM anway though so I'm surprised i changed my standard installation. If you can't see that option then you must be correct.
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  7. #27


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    Quote Originally Posted by adamf View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows To Go is only available on the Enterprise version. What I mean is you can only create a Windows To GO drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Windows To GO will show up in control panel on Enterprise but not Pro. I've only ever seen that screen shot in post #4 on my laptop after creating a Windows to go drive. I think it does that so you can test it on the reboot. There is a BIOS boot option for it to on my laptop. No such window or option on my desktop that's running Pro. If you've never ever booted from a Windows To Go drive you likely won't find anything when you search for it on 8 Pro.
    Are you sure? I did clean install of 8.1 Pro. I did try Enterprise in a VM but never had a license so I dropped it. The screen print is from standard clean install of 8.1 Pro.

    EDIT - you can't make a Windows to go except with enterprise but you can boot from one.
    Yes, you can boot from Windows To Go on any PC that meets the hardware requirements. It doesn't even have to be running Windows, or any OS for that matter. On my desktop 8.1 Pro searching for "windows to go" turns up nothing except documents I have on that topic. I have never booted from my Windows To Go drive on that PC. If I did I might see the screen shot you posted in post #4. As or right now I don't have that option on my desktop that is running 8.1 Pro. I did see that prompt on my laptop after creating my to go drive though. What I was trying to say was if the OP had never messed with a Windows To Go drive they likely wouldn't see that boot option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows To Go is only available on the Enterprise version. What I mean is you can only create a Windows To GO drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Windows To GO will show up in control panel on Enterprise but not Pro. I've only ever seen that screen shot in post #4 on my laptop after creating a Windows to go drive. I think it does that so you can test it on the reboot. There is a BIOS boot option for it to on my laptop. No such window or option on my desktop that's running Pro. If you've never ever booted from a Windows To Go drive you likely won't find anything when you search for it on 8 Pro.
    I nade my own Windows to go. You might need an extra key though.

    Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk
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    Okey Dokey. I thought I had a clean install and that was part of it. I take it back.
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows To Go is only available on the Enterprise version. What I mean is you can only create a Windows To GO drive on Windows 8 Enterprise. Windows To GO will show up in control panel on Enterprise but not Pro. I've only ever seen that screen shot in post #4 on my laptop after creating a Windows to go drive. I think it does that so you can test it on the reboot. There is a BIOS boot option for it to on my laptop. No such window or option on my desktop that's running Pro. If you've never ever booted from a Windows To Go drive you likely won't find anything when you search for it on 8 Pro.
    I nade my own Windows to go. You might need an extra key though.

    Windows 8 To Go - Setup on a USB Flash Drive or USB Disk
    I knew about that but didn't want to maybe confuse things by mentioning it. That's the roll your own version. The official Microsoft version can only be made from the Enterprise edition of Windows 8. I have access to Windows 8 Enterprise so I went that route. No worries of activation issues etc.
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