Maintenance :: Windows 8.1 - Slow Boot / Restart And Shutdown
Mar 9, 2014
My system has been on completely since 8.1 and has never needed to restart until I did some updates today.
Now I'm not really concerned about shutdown or restart as I will manually shut down the PC if I'm going somewhere for an extended time "I never leave anything on, power for the entire house is shut off" and will shut it off until I get back.
But the slow login is really killing me as it used to take 1 second to hear that little "tick" from the speakers and I'd see the login/splash page, but as of today I will hear that "tick" but the windows dotted circle will spin for oh.. 30 seconds than I can see my splash screen.
I've scanned my C: and D: disks, ran defender, antivirus, etc and all came back fine and I even have 90GB free out of my 120gb drive.
I'm getting soo many problems regarding booting after upgrading to Windows 8 Pro yesterday on my Asus Zenbook UX32A.
2nd Gen i3-2367M processor @ 1.4GHz (for Ultrabooks)
6GB DDR3 RAM
500GB HDD + 30GB SSD (for Fast Resume, etc.)
Issue # 1: Whenever I Restart or Shut Down, the system HANGS there and does not progress *most* of the time. To fix this I have to always resort to holding the power button.
Issue # 2: When I boot the PC up, it takes SO long for me to get to the Start menu, around 1:15-1:30 min, which is longer than it took me on W7. I know I have an HDD, but this is abnormally long to me. Once in a blue moon, I will boot up in a matter of 30-40 seconds (which I think is how long it should take), but mostly it takes really long.
Issue # 3: To test the above 2 issues, I went ahead and opened msconfig from Run, and disabled all Non-Microsoft services except AVG to check. When I shutdown and power on - everything is fine, shuts down nicely, powers on nicely - however, the second time I do this, the system will hang on shut down, or will hang on start up, sometimes I can hear the startup sound but nothing on the screen, all sorts of weird actions.
Issue # 4: This one is funny. On standby (lid down), the system will restart itself. Happened while I was sleeping, I could hear the boot sound.
EDIT: The problem is still there when I disable 'Fast Start-Up' in Power Options. The problem is due to the processor state, it keeps resetting to 100%.
Now for the problem when I receive the laptop it was preinstalled with window 8 and on the first boot it took around 5 to 6 mins to boot to desktop..I reinstalled the windows considering it to be the bloatware fault..
The problem gets solved but after i download alienware osd drivers , alienware command center and nvidia drivers the delay is back ..
It starts with a bsod (your pc ran into problem)error window minidump memory.dmp.etc and after that windows boot restart and shutdown after almost 5 to 10 mins..
In the duration of delay there is no hdd activity and after 3 to 5 minutes when the hdd gets actives it boots to desktop in 5 secs..
I have been running Win 8 on my ASUS Q200E Laptop and have been puzzled by the difference in the startup times between a cold, power off start up and a restart startup. On a cold startup, the desktop is completely ready to use in about 20 seconds. With a restart, it takes about 38 seconds to get to the same point.
I have a Pavillion DM3 that I have updated to Windows 8 Pro. I have left the Win7 Home on as well and have a dual boot that I was going to keep until I was happy with Windows 8.
Windows 8 installed OK on a new partition and ran very well. I loaded some other software like Office and Acrobat, and it still started and ran very well. I then let it apply the Windows and Office updates (about 70 items). It then took about 10mins to boot. Thinking I had corrupted something, I tried the auto repair, but that didn't work, so I tried refresh and rebuilt the Win 8.
I reinstall all the items I had installed previously, and applied the updates again, but exactly the same problem - very slow to boot. I have now reverted to Win7 again, and it is all working fine again. I have left the HP System partition unchanged, and as the active drive. I did try various boot rebuilds but that didn't work either.
There must be something in the updates that causes this but I don't know how to find out what.
I've had certain problem with my Windows 8 installation . Let me summarize the entire scenario but before that below are my System Details .
System :- Dell Inspiron 17R SE 7720 Laptop . O/S :- Windows 8.1 .
I formatted my system yesterday and installed Windows 8.1 via MSDN ISO . Installed Dell Drivers and a few programs like Norton 360 etc , after which i shutdown my system yesterday .
When i opened my system today , i was shocked to see Preparing automatic repair message on the Dell boot screen . It tried Automatic repair because it said that Windows was unable to boot properly . However , Automatic repair was unable to do anything .
After that i shutdown my system again and then again powered it on. This time it booted to Windows but took about 5 min to get to the password screen . After booting to Desktop mode , i tried to open chrome , task manager etc , but nothing opened , and the system was painfully slow up until 10 min . After which everything was normal .
Tried to open Event log and it also crashed. I again restarted my system and this time it was lightening fast . Tried to shutdown and restart 2-3 times more , and it was fast all these times .
I've attached a dump of all my logs using SF Diagnostic tool ....
I am also having an issue with not being able to change the screen resolution. I tried updating drivers. Resolution is set to 1024 x 768. There are no other choices.
Computer information is as follows:
Windows 8 Professional with Media Center (build 9200) Hewlett-Packard Presario V2000 (ET931UA#ABA) Rev 1 1.80 gigahertz AMD Mobile Sempron 1920 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory BIOS: Hewlett-Packard F.52 01/20/2007
Running Windows 8 Dev. Preview on a Dell Latitude D610 (1.73Ghz, 2GB). System Hibernates fine (my main mode of powering off) but will not properly shutdown or restart. Every time I hit shutdown/restart it goes to a black screen. I know that it's still running because the power light is still on and the hard drive light flashes just as if it were still in use. I've let it sit for 3 hours in this state and it still refuses to shut down.
New Dell XPS 8500 following installation of programs and an attempt at creating a image using the built-in imaging program now fails to restart or shutdown from the start screen. When I attempted to create an image I got a statement that "there is not enough disk space to create the volume shadow copy on the storage location". I had 1.34 TB free on an external drive for an image calculated by Windows as 135.78 GB. After the image attempt the problems started. Today's session with Dell did not solve the problem. Their tech will call to walk me through reinstalling the system to the original state. I hope this is not a common Windows 8 problem.
I have an HP laptop (G6-2005AX) with the following configuration
CPU: AMD A8-4500M APU 4-cores with Radeon HD Graphics GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7640G + 7600M Dual Graphics Memory : 8 GB 1600Mhz DDR3 RAM (2x4GB in dual channel) Mainboard: Hewlett-Packard 184A Hard Drive: Seagate ST500LM0 12 HN-M500MBB 500GB 5400RPM
I'm using AVG free 2014 as AV and did a full system scan - no viruses.
The problem is that Windows 8.1 (64bit, pro) boots up really slow - taking upto 6-7 minutes. After it boots up and, well I don't know exactly how to put this - let's say "settles down", everything works as normal. After getting past the password screen, clicking on the desktop tile takes around 1-2 minutes to boot into desktop, after that opening any program (Chrome, MS-Word etc) will take 3-4 minutes - but after it has "settled", everything works as it should.
Also, another curious problem I am facing is that once in a while, when typing my password and logging in, Windows boots into a temporary profile (no apps, blank desktop) and a message appears on the notification area that "windows has logged you on with a temporary profile" or something similar - I need to sign out, then after I sign in again, my real profile gets loaded.
I thought the problem of logging into a temp profile, I thought was that the PC was not verified - I verified it by going to Change PC settings --> Accounts. But after 4-5 days, I see the option of verifying the PC again.
Any magic keystroke combination for "Sleep" or is there anyway to create one? I know about Win+I then Power then Sleep.
Any option to stop scheduled tasks or other triggers that "Wake" your computer from sleep? I find my computer running in the morning after putting it to sleep at the end of the previous evening! I have reviewed all 41 scheduled tasks created by Windows and installed applications and "apps" and found none that have the Wake Computer check box checked. What's annoying is the fact that once woken the computer does not go back to sleep again! I am using the supplied balanced Power plan.
I started to notice a change with the clock every now and then. I finally concluded that the clock does not change during sleep, restart, or shutdown.
My computer goes to sleep often, and when it wakes up from sleep, the time is the same as when it was prior to sleeping, not synchronizing to the correct time after waking up.
I've done some research and I fell onto the official Windows thread where they explained the use of third-party-utility will cause this problem.
The big problem here is that I don't have the single clue which ones. I tried uninstalling some, not sure if I left any utilities out. The utilities I've used are the general ones for visual styles and themes.
So I've tried to shutdown my PC 2 days ago with the shutdown key in the settings menu (or windows menu because I'm using Start8) and it doesn't work, same for restart, sleep and all that option, so what to do?
I was running Windows 7 home premium on my pc on a 2TB hdd, and it was running fine, I had a 500GB as a separate hdd aswell, attached at the time. So I installed windows 8 on the 500GB hdd, activated it, tried to restart, I restarts, but now in both windows 8 and 7, I am having trouble:
In windows 8:
Press shutdown, it does nothing, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.
In windows 7:
press shutdown, it restarts, press restart, it restarts, press sleep, it restarts.
My System is not getting shut down. When i click Shut down it will get restarted after few minutes. no external storage is been detecting by the pc like hdd ,pendrives etc.and also i cant even reset the pc.. for more than 1 hour i sit still.. it just shows the below pic.
From Winbeta: Simply copy the following code into a new txt file and rename it to whatever you like, just add the .vbs to the file extension. For example: shutdown.vbs. Once this is done, simply double click the script and it will create the tiles for you. If you are unable to create a .vbs document, make sure you have "show file names extensions" enabled in Folder Options within Windows 8.
Am "using new HP laptop 2000-2d27dx Windows 8.1. Only way I shutdown or restart is going to "charms" panel - Settings - then click Power off icon and choose Sleep, Shutdown or Restart. Is there a way to put a SHORTCUT for Shutdown and Restart on the desktop and/or the Start screen?
My HP Windows 8 laptop started going very slow so I restarted via the power settings. When it restarted it did an update, though it didn't say "update and restart". When it started again and went to desktop it went slow again and I got a "windows is not responding" (or something along those lines) message, then the screen went black, I left it for a few minutes but it stayed black. The cursor was still there and if I right clicked it showed the menu.
After this I did a hard restart and attempted to go into recovery mode, it didn't go the and when I got to desktop I got the same message again, this time the desktop had the usual white highlight when something isn't responding, but still required a hard restart.
I am now on the third time and it seems to be working, I am doing a full computer scan. What I want to know is why it would do such a thing?
If all else fails it's under warranty, but being a student I have a lot of work to do so can't really afford to be without the laptop.
So what happens is you have the charger plugged in and was indicating it is charging and you start up the machine, it would come up automatic repair for about 10 seconds then shutdown and then after it shuts down the light indicating it's charging turns off.
I assumed it was just low on charge so I left it charging for an hour and I tried again and had gotten the same results so I'm sure it's not a charge fault but rather a software failure somewhere during boot.
I upgraded from Windows 7 (64-Bit) to 8 (64-Bit). When I had 7 it took about 10 seconds to boot, but now it can take anywhere from 2-5 mins, also it doesn't shutdown (I have to hold down the power button) and it never sleeps (the screen goes off but the laptop remains running).
I have suddenly had a strange problem occur. Everytime I restart my Windows 8.1 desktop my internet connection speed drops from it's normal 50Meg to around 3Meg when running any speedtest programme. The only way to cure this is to uninstall & re-install my network adapters through device manager. All is ok then until my next reboot & then it all happens again. It is the same on both the Ethernet connection & the wireless adapter. I have tried re-installing drivers etc to no avail. Something strange about my network setup. I have also ran various virus scans but nothing showed up. This suddenly started last Saturday & I cannot see what could of caused it, haven't installed any new programmes or anything.
All my other devices are ok including a Windows 8.1 laptop.
Every now and then when I shut down my computer it will show "Restarting" for about 1-5 seconds (My pc is fast) and the display will shut off. But the computer will still be running, the HDD and all are running. I have to do a hard shutdown by holding the power button.
I have found this in the event logger:
"The system firmware has changed the processor's memory type range registers (MTRRs) across a sleep state transition (S5). This can result in reduced resume performance."
I heard it having something to do with "fast startup" or "Quick Boot" I am unsure.
I recently upgraded my 250 gb SSD with a 1 Tb one. I used the Samsung migration software to copy the drive and then disconnected the 250 gb drive so things wouldn't get confusing for me.
Everything seemed to work well with the 1 Tb drive. Windows booted extremely fast as usual and it looked like everything was running the way it was before.
Today I reinstalled the 250 gb SSD with the intent to use it for backups. It came partitioned, so I deleted the partition via the windows disk manager and reformatted the now single partition. The drive itself seems to be fine.
The problem is that when windows 8.1 boots, it displays the window logo as usual, but there's a 25 second delay in doing the rest of the booting. The screen is entirely blank, so I have no idea what it's doing. The hard drive light on the CPU blinks, though. The boot order on my bios is correct. I'm not sure why it's so slow to boot now.
The other thing I noticed is that when I click on my Computer icon, the drives take awhile to list. A progress bar slowly advances at the top of the window. Once I've done this once, the drives display quickly, but whatever happened is reset when I reboot the computer.