How can I trace a boot from power on to login?

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    How can I trace a boot from power on to login?


    All of a sudden my SSD laptop went from 8 second boot times to 16 seconds for no reason at all. It is hanging for quite some time before the login screen so I want to see what is going on there. Is there a way to trace the boot to see where it is hanging?
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    win10today said:
    All of a sudden my SSD laptop went from 8 second boot times to 16 seconds for no reason at all. It is hanging for quite some time before the login screen so I want to see what is going on there. Is there a way to trace the boot to see where it is hanging?
    In Task Manager look in Startup.....In CCleaner click on Tools then Startup.....both give options to disable any unnecessary programs needed at startup.
    Last edited by dencal; 24 Mar 2017 at 06:20.
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    Hello win10today, :)

    If you like, you could perform a clean boot to troubleshoot and hopefully find a culprit.

    Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10 to Troubleshoot Software Conflicts
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    Not sure if this tool still works with W10...might be worth having a look:

    Gathering a Startup, Shutdown, Sleep, Hibernate, or Reboot Trace - Windows 7 Help Forums
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    I believe windows do some self test/maintenances on it's own during boot, my windows sometimes boot in 30 sec sometimes in 45 sec on HDD.

    Some goes to my gaming laptop SSD 10~15 sec for no reason.
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    Autoruns is a very useful utility to check or disable which programs / tasks / services run at boot.
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    Thank you everyone for all the help and suggestions. I've done as much as I could and decided to reinstall win10 and all is good. I'm a linux user mostly and just never have any problems with it, but I always find there is always something that will waist my time in windows lol. After I reinstalled windows, I tested boot times after every program I added just to make sure they are not delaying something and so far I'm back to 8 sec cold boot to desktop.

    I always have windows updates turned off, but I remember I forgot to turn of Lenovo updates and it could have installed something that slowed things down.
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    win10today said:
    Thank you everyone for all the help and suggestions. I've done as much as I could and decided to reinstall win10 and all is good. I'm a linux user mostly and just never have any problems with it, but I always find there is always something that will waist my time in windows lol. After I reinstalled windows, I tested boot times after every program I added just to make sure they are not delaying something and so far I'm back to 8 sec cold boot to desktop.

    I always have windows updates turned off, but I remember I forgot to turn of Lenovo updates and it could have installed something that slowed things down.
    Well glad you solved it out the hard way :)
    But don't over think it, sooner or later, it will get slower by it self, it's just how Windows act after XP.
    Make a restore point every once in a while to save you the time reinstalling windows in case. could help.
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    black said:
    Well glad you solved it out the hard way :)
    But don't over think it, sooner or later, it will get slower by it self, it's just how Windows act after XP.
    Make a restore point every once in a while to save you the time reinstalling windows in case. could help.
    Great idea thanks. I almost forgot to create a restore point. Is there any trick to make sure the restore point I want never gets deleted or replaced?
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    win10today said:
    Great idea thanks. I almost forgot to create a restore point. Is there any trick to make sure the restore point I want never gets deleted or replaced?
    Do an exterior backup is the only fool proof way, Free Macrium software is a good option.
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