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Windows 7 boot up stalls at "starting windows" screen

Last response: in Windows 7
September 12, 2012 5:10:10 PM

First time I've ever booted windows 7, it started up in literally 15 - 20 seconds. Now it takes about 2 minutes and stalls at the "starting windows" screen for about 1 minute. I'm not sure why this is happening. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
a b $ Windows 7
September 12, 2012 6:24:18 PM

Have you tried going into safe mode and deleting the video card driver? Then reboot back into normal mode and let it use the 2D driver installed to come up.
September 14, 2012 2:18:45 AM

tried it, boot up is still stalling at the splash screen
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a c 215 $ Windows 7
September 14, 2012 2:33:04 AM

One thing I have seen cause this problem on Win 7 is disabling or drastically reducing the size of the paging file. Make sure that hasn't happened and reset it back to the Windows recommended amount to test if it has happened. Windows usually suggests making the paging file the same size as the amount of installed system RAM.

Edit: If you do need to create a paging file, make sure you do not use a solid state drive to house the file if you have any installed in your computer. Paging files will severely reduce the life of the SSD due to excessive writes.
September 14, 2012 2:54:57 AM

my page is currently 8036 mb as I have 8gigs installed so this isn't the cause of the stall at the splash screen
a b $ Windows 7
September 14, 2012 7:19:11 AM

go to msconfig, search for services and start up that might hinder the boot (bloatware)...
September 15, 2012 4:55:06 AM

there are a lot and I don't know which ones i can/should disable
a b $ Windows 7
September 15, 2012 7:06:14 AM

Err... It hard to teach..

since u don't know what it is don't touch the services...

There a third parties apps than give description / help identifies the bloatware, but since i'm not using one, cannot give recommendation..

or u could try and error, disable one in start up see if any apps failed if it fine disable another one, google also helps...

(if some apps failed u can enable it again at worst it can be enabled via safe mode)
September 15, 2012 3:18:38 PM

I've noticed that while at the "starting windows" screen, there is no hard drive activity as indicated by the HDD led. Could this be the issue for the stall?
a b $ Windows 7
September 15, 2012 3:41:40 PM

If there a hardware faulty ussualy there a side effect like BSOD, apps hang/exit , sudden / random freeze..

but u may wanna check for loose cables connection..
September 16, 2012 6:02:08 AM

nope don't have any of those issues
a b $ Windows 7
September 16, 2012 7:44:04 AM

It's good thing. Well it makes me think it software issue not hardware...

the only way i can think of is disable unnecessary start up/service...
January 12, 2013 10:20:00 PM

Had the same problem. After much trial and error, bios settings changes, etc. I figured out what worked for me.

I had a USB printer with media card reader plugged into a usb3 port. Plugging it into a usb2 port instead, and I no longer have the long delay on "starting windows".