I'm having an unusual problem with Windows Vista on startup. It progresses past the POST and the loading screen with the green progress bar at normal speed, but then the blank screen between that screen and when the mouse cursor shows up (just before the icons and background load) takes far longer than usual. This usually takes about 2 seconds, but I just timed it as about 12 minutes, 35900% longer than usual.
- What does Windows actually do during this part of startup? Because it's usually so quick I've never thought about it before.
- What, if anything, can I do to shorten this time? The services are already loaded at that point (during the screen with the progress bar; by turning most off I was able to shorten that phase but not this one), and it can't be anything major because it's usually so quick.