Windows 7 locking up/delay during boot RRS feed

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  • This has got to be the weirdest thing I have ever experienced. When I turn on my laptop and choose to boot in Windows (I have a partition with another OS) it just goes to a black screen before even prompting me which user I want to login with. If I force a shutdown and turn the laptop on again, I get redirected to the screen that tells me Windows was incorrectly shut down and asks me if I want to boot Windows normally or in security mode. Whichever option I choose, it works just fine - it gets past user selection screen and into the desktop. Then evertyhing either freezes when I issue a command, any command, be it opening a context menu, clicking on an icon in the desktop, opening the Start menu... Either it freezes as though as it crashed or it happens with a huge delay, often piling up multiple actions if I issued them in the meantime. After a few minutes, sometimes it locks up completely, or everything seems to work itself out and I get to use my laptop perfectly.

    My laptop is tailored for peak performance and boot never took me more than 15 seconds. Now I have to wait for very long periods of time, when it even does work, and it never even works the first time I turn it on after shutting it down correctly.

    I am at a loss. I have run Avast! anti-virus which detected no threats. I've looked in the startup folder for foreign programs and found none. My other OS runs just fine 100% of the time, so I'm guessing it should be something that has to do with Windows and not exactly another program interfering with it in some way (but of course I could be wrong, I don't presume to know anything about this...) If it is any help, last two times I tried, I got an error from Steam saying that it was "unadvisable to run Steam in compatibility mode. Please deactivate compatibility mode for Steam.exe before trying to launch Steam again." I am quite sure I never ordered Steam to run in compatibility mode.

    I am currently using Windows 7 64bit with Service Pack 1, which gave me no trouble at all installing (I understand many people are having issues with this)

    Sunday, March 27, 2011 10:17 PM


  • Remove Avast and try Microsoft Security Essentials. Do you still have to reboot to boot correctly?

    Make sure you have the service Superfetch running and next try to speed up the boot with the help of my guide [1]. This trains the advanced prefetcher in Windows 7. This increase the boot performance a lot. All other tweaking tools are useless. Only use this method with this Microsoft Toolkit.

    If this doesn't speed up the boot process, follow my guide [2] to make a boot trace and compress the boot_BASE+CSWITCH+DRIVERS+POWER_1.etl as 7z or RAR and upload it to your Skydrive [3] and post the link here.

    I take a look at the trace, maybe I see what's wrong with your Windows.


    [1] http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=140262
    [2] http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=140247
    [3] http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itproui/thread/4fc10639-02db-4665-993a-08d865088d65

    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    Want to install RSAT on Windows 7 Sp1? Check my HowTo: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=150221
    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Thursday, March 31, 2011 9:10 AM
    Monday, March 28, 2011 11:53 AM