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On hard reboots, that is, restarting the PC or unplugging it, Windows takes around 4-5 minutes to fully boot. The part that takes the longest is the logo + spinning dots. Logo and spinning dots

The dots spin for maybe 4 minutes until I finally get to the log in screen. This is very tedious and shouldn't happen on a SSD.

The PC boots in mere seconds if I enable fast startup.

Things I have tried already:

  • Disabling fast startup
  • Checking for viruses
  • Performing a clean boot
  • Updating drivers
  • Updating Windows
  • Uninstalling NVIDIA drivers
  • Disabling Intel Management Engine Interface
  • Unplugging all unnecessary USB/external devices

My specifications:

  • Intel i7 6700k @ 4.6Ghz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
  • SanDisk SSD Plus 240GB (boot and OS)
  • Seagate Barracuda 2TB 7200RPM (for data)
  • Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB DDR4 2400Mhz
  • Gigabyte Z170X Gaming 3

I ran Windows Performance Recorder and I'm willing to share the boot trace. You can download the corresponding ETL file here (Google Drive).

  • Why are you against enabling fast startup that is one of the best features of Windows 8+ – Ramhound Nov 5 '18 at 1:46
  • @Ramhound I'm not against fast startup, if anything, I'm forced to use it now if I don't want to wait 4 to 5 minutes every time I boot up. However, I dread the time something asks me to restart my PC, because I know I'll be in for a 5 minute wait. – Morgan Nov 5 '18 at 1:47
  • Well if fast startup is enabled restarting should not be a big deal. – Ramhound Nov 5 '18 at 1:52
  • @Ramhound restarting acts as a "hard boot", it doesn't take into account fast startup. When I either restart my PC or unplug it (with fast startup enabled), I get 4-5 minute boot times. – Morgan Nov 5 '18 at 1:54

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