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Built a gaming rig issue with win 7 64 bit home premium hanging after "starting windows" screen

I am not sure how to go about solving this and I really would hate to have to re-install everything but after doing a windows update the system hangs for 60 seconds or so after it gets done showing the "starting windows" screen. In the first days of owning this new rig the system booted up in 10 seconds as it should (samsung ssd). It seems this all stems from me stopping some windows update installations because it was taking literally hours overnight (2-4am), the computer is in my room and was keeping me from sleeping so I hit cancel and then turned it off and did the updates at a later time.

If I do a safe mode boot it boots right up with absolutely no hang. How do I start troubleshooting this?

The system eventually boots and works fine but the whole point of the dang SSD was to get 10 second windows boot.

Additionally I tried to do a windows repair by hitting F8 during boot up but the mouse and keyboard freeze up on any usb port. I even have a ps2 to usb adapter I tried and that wont get me any keyboard or mouse connectivity in order to select my language and move on in the repair process.

Sys specs

Intel Core i5-4430 Quad-Core Desktop Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1150 - BX80646I54430

MSI Computer Corp. LGA1150/Intel H81/DDR3/SATA3 and USB3.0/A&GbE/MicroATX Motherboard H81M-E33

EVGA GeForce GTX 950 SC+ Graphics Card 02G-P4-2956-KR

2 of Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB Single DDR3 1600 MT/s (PC3-12800) CL9 @1.5V UDIMM 240-Pin Memory BLS8G3D1609DS1S00

Samsung 850 EVO 250GB 2.5-Inch SATA III Internal SSD (MZ-75E250B/AM)

Thermaltake VERSA H25 ATX Mid Tower Window Gaming Computer Case CA-1C2-00M1WN-00
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  1. I had the same problem doing windows updates when i built my win7 64bit. I would reset the computer during the hanging and screwed everything up. One day i just let it sit there doing its thing for a couple hours or more and eventually it booted and problems went away. My guess is during the win screen the registry is getting in order from win updates even though it doesn't show progress. One of the win update packages is over 200 updates when i just put in a different hard drive and redid windows so that might take a while. Not sure if the long wait time is normal but for me it worked just to wait it out.

    Also i believe there is a special mode to set for using an SSD so i would check to make sure you set that correctly. I have never used an SSD or had problems with one but just something i have heard. My problem that was similar to yours was using an HDD so probably not causing your problem.
  2. StinkyDonkey said:
    I had the same problem doing windows updates when i built my win7 64bit. I would reset the computer during the hanging and screwed everything up. One day i just let it sit there doing its thing for a couple hours or more and eventually it booted and problems went away. My guess is during the win screen the registry is getting in order from win updates even though it doesn't show progress. One of the win update packages is over 200 updates when i just put in a different hard drive and redid windows so that might take a while. Not sure if the long wait time is normal but for me it worked just to wait it out.

    Also i believe there is a special mode to set for using an SSD so i would check to make sure you set that correctly. I have never used an SSD or had problems with one but just something i have heard. My problem that was similar to yours was using an HDD so probably not causing your problem.


    Thanks for the advice! Is the mode your talking about ahci or something like that? If so it is set for that in the bios.
  3. parula321 said:
    StinkyDonkey said:
    I had the same problem doing windows updates when i built my win7 64bit. I would reset the computer during the hanging and screwed everything up. One day i just let it sit there doing its thing for a couple hours or more and eventually it booted and problems went away. My guess is during the win screen the registry is getting in order from win updates even though it doesn't show progress. One of the win update packages is over 200 updates when i just put in a different hard drive and redid windows so that might take a while. Not sure if the long wait time is normal but for me it worked just to wait it out.

    Also i believe there is a special mode to set for using an SSD so i would check to make sure you set that correctly. I have never used an SSD or had problems with one but just something i have heard. My problem that was similar to yours was using an HDD so probably not causing your problem.


    Thanks for the advice! Is the mode your talking about ahci or something like that? If so it is set for that in the bios.


    Again i'm unfamiliar with SSDs and it's probably off topic but I heard alot about setting the correct mode for the SSD when looking at them. "Ensure your SATA controller is operating in AHCI mode" this is copied from a guide i read.
  4. StinkyDonkey said:
    parula321 said:
    StinkyDonkey said:
    I had the same problem doing windows updates when i built my win7 64bit. I would reset the computer during the hanging and screwed everything up. One day i just let it sit there doing its thing for a couple hours or more and eventually it booted and problems went away. My guess is during the win screen the registry is getting in order from win updates even though it doesn't show progress. One of the win update packages is over 200 updates when i just put in a different hard drive and redid windows so that might take a while. Not sure if the long wait time is normal but for me it worked just to wait it out.

    Also i believe there is a special mode to set for using an SSD so i would check to make sure you set that correctly. I have never used an SSD or had problems with one but just something i have heard. My problem that was similar to yours was using an HDD so probably not causing your problem.


    Thanks for the advice! Is the mode your talking about ahci or something like that? If so it is set for that in the bios.


    Again i'm unfamiliar with SSDs and it's probably off topic but I heard alot about setting the correct mode for the SSD when looking at them. "Ensure your SATA controller is operating in AHCI mode" this is copied from a guide i read.


    Yeah like I said it is set to AHCI thanks.
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    Just an update. It looks as if the culprit was nvidia. They just released a new graphics driver and upon a clean installation the issue has gone away.
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