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I've had a new laptop for a couple of months now. It's got a decent processor (Intel Core i7 3rd Gen 2.3Ghz), 1TB HDD (5400rpm, 8MB cache) and 2GB of GFX.

When it was new it'd boot in no time flat. I've been careful trying to only install the minimum programs I require.

Anyway, what I've noticed is that it now takes a long time to boot, I'm talking 3-5 minutes to get to the login screen. What in earth would change so that it now takes soo long just to do the core windows boot stuff? Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

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    Run the msconfig program, and view what programs are under the "Startup" tab. If you have a "clean" system, then you would have something to compare with.
    – sawdust
    Jan 14 '13 at 6:48
  • I have already disabled numerous services, set some to delayed and removed un-needed startup applications. It's not much left other than Avast Antivirus, wifi and touchpad. (I haven't messed with windows services of course) Jan 14 '13 at 13:13
  • Disconnect from the network and try temporarily uninstalling Avast (not disabling, as that might leave services running). Perhaps it's scanning something at startup?
    – Karan
    Jan 14 '13 at 18:46
  • The issues isn't login, it's when windows is booting with the black screen and logo. Jan 17 '13 at 21:48

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