Need tips to optimize system boot time

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by ceo54, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Member

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    Hi,

    My system takes a lots of time to start up. Specifically between the first screen where Windows logo shows up and the last where my username shows up, in between that, there's a blank grey screen where it holds for way longer then usual. As I understand it, on the first screen, OS loads up system drivers and on the second screen, the userprofile. What is that grey screen for, that appears right in between the two ?

    My old system with far less resources boots 3x faster then the newer one. It makes me sad :(
    Hard disks are fine, no fragmentation. Rest of the system, once booted, works like a charm.
    I'm using a customized copy of Windows 8.1 with lot's of stuff removed and updates integrated.

    I'm sure there's quite a bit I can do to improve it. I use to use Iobit's Advanced system care that had some tweaks build in for fast response time. Then my system use to start significantly faster. I forget in which sequence I use to use those settings. They don't appear to be working now.

    Any help will be greeatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.
     
  2. boyonthebus

    boyonthebus MDL Member

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    What was your old system compared to what you have now? Perhaps when you removed stuff you took out something important? Do you have programs starting with Windows? I take it you use HDD, and not SSD. Lots of questions, and more info is needed for troubleshooting.
     
  3. Thomas Dubreuil

    Thomas Dubreuil MDL Member

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    #3 Thomas Dubreuil, Jan 1, 2019
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    If you want super fast boot with a HDD, enable hibernation maybe + fast start maybe? add this:
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    reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power" /v "HibernateEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
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    reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power" /v "HiberbootEnabled" /t REG_DWORD /d "1" /f
     
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  4. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Member

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the reply. My old system is old, six years or more I can't remember for sure. And no nothing of important taken out. No problem with the windows whatsoever on any level. I don't have any programs starting with the Windows, just the drivers, display, GPU, audio etc. But even that hadn't effected the boot times, as I said it takes the time between loading Windows drivers and user profile. Startup programs load after that. I don't have the money to buy an SSD. One TB would cost equivalent of an entire system. Next system most definitely will be.

    Any other ideas ?
     
  5. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Do you have a DVD writer or alike?
    If so remove any disc within.
    If not, disconnect the DVD writer drive.
     
  6. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Member

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    Thank you for the suggestion. Yes it works. Boots up in 4/5 seconds. Though I prefer to shut down instead of hibernating it. Some times I don't use the machine for days.
     
  7. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Member

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    Hi Mr. X.

    Thanks for the suggestion, tried it. Haven't seen any improvements though. I think it has something to do with the BIOS settings. If I can deduce what it does at the blank grey screen, between the two screens at startup, I might be able t fix it.
     
  8. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    My desktop started 3 days ago to take longer boots even though it has a SSD drive, so I troubleshoot startup programs. Disabling them one by one didn't work.
    Then I unplugged DC power cable and no all good. It is a Samsung DVD writer.
    If this happened to me then could happen to anyone.
     
  9. ceo54

    ceo54 MDL Member

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    A DVD writer causing startup delay ? Who could have thought. I'm glad though you figured it out. Mine however has related to something else entirely.
     
  10. tonto11

    tonto11 MDL Addicted

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