Yesterday shutted down my main desktop pc and after starting it, I noticed the Windows 7 x64 SP1 took unusually long time to load from 'Welcome' screen to desktop. Yes, I was a witness of a ~30min loading glory

Type of BSOL - black screen with mouse pointer and everything working, but no desktop on the satellite images

Machine specs are good enough (I think) - 8c/16t Xeon, 16GB RAM, 2xSSDs for OS, 2xHDDs for storage

Tried everything - disabled all non-MS services, added new admin/normal accounts, stopped all systray apps manually, rechecked SSD/HHD cables, no SSD/HDD errors, reswapped memory/memtested it, removed all currently installed drivers ... It just continues to load after ~30min. After loading it's ok, and it's even ok DURING the limbo - can start whatever game/app I choose through Task Manager>New Task(Run)

Any ideas to fix it or to let it go and upgrade to 8.1/10 ?

Edit: There's something strange in this situation - after loading my 'Quick Launch' all icons on it just warped into the eternity

  • Run CHKDSK; try "Repair" option on your Windows install disk? Maybe boot in safe mode? My money would be on corrupted system files on your SSD. Just as a side note FWIW, I have read many times you "shouldn't" use an SSD for system files because they write data far more often than regular data storage. Sure it's faster, but... – user3169 Oct 12 '18 at 5:43
  • "no SSD/HDD errors". Also almost all non-system writing is stopped or moved to the HDDs – 1000Gbps Oct 12 '18 at 6:22
  • Including sfc /scannow - report is "Windows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations." and usually the machine was setup to run it each 4 hours when there's no active jobs – 1000Gbps Oct 12 '18 at 6:39

Because I last read my MCSE in about 2001 & therefore have incomplete knowledge of exactly how to go about this type of thing in any truly methodical way like a fully-certified tech would, I would add some of the following fumbling to what you already did...

  • Check, double check & triple check that all your SATA cables are good.
    Earlier this year I lost an entire machine and all recent backups because of an intermittent SATA cable.
    I eventually, after very slowly arriving at that conclusion, had to go back to a backup from over 6 months ago.

  • Try a restore to the last or last but one restore point[s].

  • Run Windows Repair from Tweaking.com (freeware version is sufficient.)[1]
    Expect this to take about half a day to do everything thoroughly; run the actual fixes twice - apparently it can make a difference.

  • If still no joy, I'd just re-image from the last full backup.
    Word of warning - make sure you clone a good, verified backup off to another device every month or so, in case you get what happened to me earlier this year...

[1] No affiliation, just a satisfied customer. It has saved my a** sufficient times that I bought the full version just to reward the author.

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  • No real backups of the OS here - its double RAID 1 configuration. Same with restore points - there's a chance to break some projects when restoring system files. The saddest thing is that cables are ok (my first thought too) - no SMART datachannel errors or higher resistance (contacts were also cleaned before installing the drives) Hmmm, updated question with some strange thing – 1000Gbps Oct 11 '18 at 13:10
  • Is it possible the main culprit is the RAID controler? Just managed to see the log and there's a record showing the second drive disconnected and reconnected for about 20 seconds ... – 1000Gbps Oct 11 '18 at 15:12

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