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Extremely slow boot times


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3
#1
The first day I installed Win8, it was working relatively well. Boot times were about average and everything was running smoothly. After shutting it down and leaving it overnight, waking up the next morning yielded an exceptionally long boot time taking around 30 minutes to cold boot. Restarting immediately afterwards yielded perfectly normal boot times. Again, shutting it down and leaving it overnight resulted in more long boot times. This seems to happen every time I shut down the computer for an extended period of time. Today, I got home from work at around 8PM. Booted up computer and went to do something else expecting long wait times. It is now 10:15PM and it still has not gotten past the splash screen with the Windows 8 logo and the revolving dots. Talked on the phone with tech support for about 3 hours and couldn't come to a conclusion. Booting from optical drive is not possible for whatever reason and the install was from a fresh new install over a newly reformatted hard drive. It's getting to the point where I feel like the only way to resolve this issue is to leave my computer on 24/7 without turning it off so I don't have to deal with this extremely slow boot sequence.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8
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3
#2
I may have just fixed the issue. Someone enlighten me if I am correct/incorrect. I've had this computer for about 6 years now. I've had to change out the RAM, the thermal compound for my CPU, the hard drive (twice), the PSU, and the NIC so far. Everything else has been reused. One of my two optical drives started failing about 6 months ago.

I was just reflecting on my conversation with the tech support guy from Microsoft and remembered him mentioning something about making sure there were no external hard drives etc. plugged in that could interfere with the boot process. I also read on the forums something along the lines of Win8 will not boot unless all drives can be recognized or something. So I simply unplugged the non-responsive drive and everything seems to boot up fine for now. Then again, this is what I thought twice before (once for updating drivers and the other for disabling hybrid boot) and both times the problem just repeated itself the very next day. I will post back with updates tomorrow after work.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8

MrShowdown

Well-Known Member
Power User
Jakarta, Indonesia

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1,048
#3
Things that can affect your boot time:

-USB devices that are plugged in,
-Lots of start-up items
-Aged hardware
-Aged windows installation
-Huge registry entries
-Lots of programs
-Insufficient space on Windows Drive
-Insufficient available RAM
-Hard disk damage
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Y520
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 7300HQ
    Motherboard
    OEM Lenovo
    Memory
    4GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 (2)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 1TB 5400 RPM
    Keyboard
    OEM Lenovo
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Core
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Other Info
    PC:

    AMD Athlon X4 760K
    8GB DDR3-1866
    AMD Radeon RX 460
    Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM
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3
#4
Things that can affect your boot time:

-USB devices that are plugged in,
-Lots of start-up items
-Aged hardware
-Aged windows installation
-Huge registry entries
-Lots of programs
-Insufficient space on Windows Drive
-Insufficient available RAM
-Hard disk damage
Hard disk damage was the issue I suspected at first. I had bought a refurbed WD HDD from ebay. Was about to return it for an exchange. Ever since I unplugged that optical drive though, I haven't had a single issue with Win8. It was definitely not space on the drive, RAM, registry, or startup items since it was a fresh install and I have a rather powerful rig that thus far can play Shogun 2 Total War on max settings so long as there aren't like 4 different players on huge unit scale. What I want to know is how exactly the optical drive interacts with Windows 8. It's obviously very important as Windows wouldn't even boot with a faulty drive plugged in.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8

MrShowdown

Well-Known Member
Power User
Jakarta, Indonesia

Posts
1,048
#5
Then it is between Hardware conflict and wrong BIOS settings.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo Y520
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 7300HQ
    Motherboard
    OEM Lenovo
    Memory
    4GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 (2)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 1TB 5400 RPM
    Keyboard
    OEM Lenovo
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Core
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Other Info
    PC:

    AMD Athlon X4 760K
    8GB DDR3-1866
    AMD Radeon RX 460
    Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM