Hi guys, just reporting in again. After a few months DISM and SFC still good to go. Also, today I'm replacing my 120GB C: drive with a larger drive. I haven't had issues but it keeps creeping down to 20GB of free space. I'm installing a 256GB drive. Since I try never to install software directly to my C: drive, I should have good headroom for awhile.
See you for the next big issue... I hope you are all well.
Hi Rob, great news. I'm glad everything is working right for you. Thanks for the progress update.
TL/DR: use Tweaking.com's ManageACL_64 from safe mode to repair disk permissions
I read this thread (well, most of it anyhow) as I recently had the exact same issue that Rob initially reported:
- Booting into Windows 10 takes more than two hours (spinning dots)
- Once booted, the Settings/Accounts/Sign-in options page never loads (sliding dots)
- Booting into safe mode is ok (using 3x forced power off events)
- System seems to work fine otherwise.
I tried various fixes first, and it was NOT:
- Clean Boot: (used msconfig to disable non M$ services & startup items, no change)
- Fast Boot (tried with it both off & on, no change)
- USB devices / peripherals (disconnected everything, no change)
- Chkdisk (no errors reported)
- sfc /scannow (no errors reported)
- Startup Repair (ran from boot menu, but no change)
- In-place upgrade install (used instructions linked from this thread, took hours, installed ok, no change)
- Reparse points (a few IE reparse points were missing, "repaired" using Tweaking.com but no change)
- Microsoft login (changed to local login, rebooted, no change)
The thing that DID finally work was:
- repairing ACL permissions using Tweaking.com.
System now boots in the expected 1-2 minutes. Hooray! And sfc /scannow still completes with no issues after Tweaking.com's repair.
Sadly, the logs do not reveal exactly what objects in the filesystem were causing ACL problems, so it's almost certainly possible to do a more targeted repair. But in case you wanted to know, you don't have to run any of the other tweaking.com "repairs" to fix this issue, just the disk permissions (which I did from safe mode). For avoidance of doubt, I did NOT need to use their registry permission repair tool either.
Repairing the permissions also fixed the "Sign in options won't load" issue. I've seen a few posts on the internet reporting that but no fixes reported.
So in summary, looks like Tweaking.com disk permissions repair is a solid fix for this issue (with no side-effects seen to date).
It's interesting that repairing the ACL (Access Control List) permissions resolved your problem. That is usually found when having trouble installing *.msi programs. Did you have problems installing any programs which use the msi installer?
Thanks for creating an account to post your findings!
I would suggest you read the 47 pages of posts here, and do not reboot until you have finished. As a clue, I think that Tweaking.com Windows Repair was the solution to the original problem.
If you get to the definitive solution that the original poster used to solve the original problem, try that, but otherwise start a new thread of your own, with your problem stated clearly, and your system specs filled in fully and if you reach a solution, mark the thread solved.
It is never the best way to get help here by tagging your problem onto the end of a long, solved thread.
Welcome to Tenforums, Shibu.