Windows 10: Windows 10 computer takes hours and sometimes days to boot

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  1.    01 Nov 2016 #11

    Ok, yay! Finally back on! Now I can tell you that it is a 64-bit operating system with 8.00 GB installed ram. Is there any other specs I should mention?
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  2. Posts : 7,659
    10 Home x64 (1803) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       01 Nov 2016 #12

    Hereforhelp9 said: View Post
    Ok, yay! Finally back on! Now I can tell you that it is a 64-bit operating system with 8.00 GB installed ram. Is there any other specs I should mention?
    @Hereforhelp9, The best way to tell us your system specs is to go to your TenForums 'User Control Panel' here: and fill in as much of it as you can (some categories may not be relevant, just leave them blank) then click the 'save changes' button at the bottom of the page.
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  3.    01 Nov 2016 #13

    Oh ok thanks! I filled it out to the best of my knowledge, but there are a lot of things I am unsure of.
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       01 Nov 2016 #14

    Have you started running any software on your hard drive to see what kind of shape it`s in ?

    Have you done any of the procedures suggested in reply #2 yet ?

    Have you run a system file check ?

    If you`re not gonna download software or start doing the suggestions given earlier, you are not gonna get anywhere.

    You either have a bad drive, a bad install or you possibly downloaded something real nasty, or it could be a simple hardware problem.

    If you are seriously worried about doing anything yourself, take it to a professional, all we can do here is offer you suggestions.
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  5.    01 Nov 2016 #15

    Yes, I understand. I am very grateful for all the help and suggestions you have given me. This week, I will need my computer for some important things, and I don't want to risk it going off for another 2 days. I will try some of the suggestions this weekend, like the clean boot and booting in safe mode. Those sound like the best options to try. Thank you again for all the help.
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  6.    04 Nov 2016 #16

    Hereforhelp9 said: View Post
    Hi. I have a Windows 10 computer. Just a few months ago, I encountered a problem, and it's really annoying me now. When my computer shuts down, it will take hours if not DAYS to boot. One time it took almost 2 days. The screen just stays blank, and I can't hear the fans or anything running inside the computer. Everything is plugged in correctly, I don't know what I'm doing wrong. It's off right now, I've been waiting since this morning for it to come back on. How can I boot it right now??? And when I boot it, how can I fix this problem?
    You may have a device that is hanging up your system, causing the long boot up time. Suggest going to a bare bones configuration by doing the following:

    1. Draw a picture of your back panel showing all of the ports. Indicate what is plugged into which port so you can return to normal later. Do this for the ports on the front and top too.

    2. Power off your PC, disconnect the a/c power cable from the back, then press the power on button for 5 seconds to discharge capacitors which removes residual power to the motherboard.

    3. Remove every cable from your PC except ones for the keyboard, mouse and monitor.

    4. Open the cover for your PC. Then touch the bare chassis with both hands to discharge any static electricity from your body. Then disconnect the SATA and power cables from your optical drive.

    5. If you have more than one hard drive in your PC, disconnect them too. You should only have your system hard drive (or SSD) connected at this time.

    6. You should be in a bare bones configuration now.

    7. Power on your PC and see if it boots up normally.

    8. If it still does not boot up normally, power off as in step-2 again. And discharge your self as in step-4.

    9. I assume you have two RAM cards of 4GB each for 8GB. If so, determine which slot is slot zero and remove the other RAM card. Slot zero is usually the once closer to the CPU. Be sure you draw a picture (or take a picture with your camera) so you know which slots the cards are in if your motherboard has 4 RAM slots. BE SURE YOU DISCHARGE ANY STATIC ELECTRICITY BY DOING STEP-4 before handling RAM cards. Try to handle only by the edges and not touch the circuits as much as possible.

    10. See if it boots up normally. If not, remove the one RAM card (you only have one RAM card installed) and replace it with the other RAM card. You should still have only one RAM card installed.

    11. See if it boots up normally.

    Note that a defective Optical drive or defective additional hard drives are very likely suspects as cause for long boot times, due to firmware or software waiting for the device to get ready. There should be a time out to not last days but strange things can happen.

    My $.02,
    Last edited by mck; 05 Nov 2016 at 02:15.
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