TL;DR Extremely slow boot off SSD, took a trace, trace extra big, crashes analyzer. Out of ideas.
For a while now my computer has had a problem with booting, in that it takes an extremely long time. Recently this has gotten extremely bad, to the point of a boot taking on the order of 15 minutes.
Here is all the information and observations I can offer:
- The system boots of an SSD drive.
- Most of the time is spent on the spinny wheel, blue-screen stage (before the spinny wheel, rotating pictures stage).
- This is not new - it has been going on for a while now(going on a year or more now). (It didn't use to bother me when it was like 5 minutes - I can go get a coffee or something and be back to desktop).
- It has a strange interaction with major OS upgrades(i.e. Creator's update, or what was the last one exactly?). I think this holds for the last two upgrades, but I am certain only about the very last one. After it, boot time improved to what is expected from a fast SSD - to less than a minute from power on to desktop. After this it has been steadily deteriorating.
Now, investigating boot problems isn't new to me. So I thought I'd use the Windows Performance Toolkit to analyze what is going on. I set it to record a boot run and left it to run. After it finished it produced a trace that is 27GB in size. The Windows Performance Analyzer reaches something like 20% and ~3GB memory usage, then silently crashes when trying to open that file.
I am out of ideas. Help.