Windows 10: Windows Boot Screens – What should I see? – How long should they last? Solved


  1. Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (1709)
       03 Dec 2017 #1

    Windows Boot Screens – What should I see? – How long should they last?


    When I start my computer, I see the following screens in order:

    1. A black screen with a big Dell logo on top and spinning white dots on the bottom
    2. A plain black screen
    3. A blue screen with spinning white dots and the words "please wait" underneath them
    4. A lock screen for the Pin/Password
    5. Finally, the desktop

    Screens 2 and 3 vary in length of time. They last the longest in the days after a Windows update. Then they disappear more quickly. Is this behavior normal?
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  2.    03 Dec 2017 #2

    Pretty normal in my experience. I have pretty much the same experience as you do with my work PC. The "Please wait..." screen is the most variable, with it taking longer after an update cycle.

    I don't think that you have much to worry about. It's just Windows doing some housekeeping. If the screens take five minutes or more, then it can be a cause for alarm, like a symptom of a failing hard drive, for example.
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  3. Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (1709)
    Thread Starter
       03 Dec 2017 #3

    Gurn Blanston said: View Post
    Pretty normal in my experience. I have pretty much the same experience as you do with my work PC. The "Please wait..." screen is the most variable, with it taking longer after an update cycle.

    I don't think that you have much to worry about. It's just Windows doing some housekeeping. If the screens take five minutes or more, then it can be a cause for alarm, like a symptom of a failing hard drive, for example.
    The blue “Please wait” screen with the white spinning dots is the most variable for me too. I don’t recall seeing it until I upgraded from v1703 to v1709. Is it something new for v1709?
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  4. Posts : 5,380
    10 Home x64 (1709) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       03 Dec 2017 #4

    radiowaves said: View Post
    The blue “Please wait” screen with the white spinning dots is the most variable for me too. I don’t recall seeing it until I upgraded from v1703 to v1709. Is it something new for v1709?
    Yes, it replaces what was just an extended period of your '2. A plain black screen' (with a mouse cursor, if you'd move the mouse). Always had me worried that it had crashed (that's why I moved the mouse, to see if anything was working). I think MS realised it could be worrying some of us so put a reassuringly animated 'please wait' sign instead.

    This stage is actually longer than before, due I believe to 1709's new feature that certain registered apps will reopen on next boot if you left them open when you shut down. Try it and see: Chrome, IE and Wordpad reopen, Firefox, Edge and Notepad don't.

    on a restart Fall Creators Update reopens apps from before
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  5. Posts : 4,451
    Mac OS Sierra
       04 Dec 2017 #5

    Mine lasts at most a whole eight seconds from boot to the login screen. It really depends on what the OS has to do for housekeeping, how fast is the hard drive, if you are using a SSD, how fast it is. Also what does the OS have to load before you even get to the login screen. If you have your Malware or Internet Security program set to scan on boot, that can also halt and give you a clocking before you get to the login.
    Last edited by bro67; 04 Dec 2017 at 18:48.
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  6. Posts : 47
    Windows 10 Home 64-bit (1709)
    Thread Starter
       04 Dec 2017 #6

    Bree said: View Post
    Yes, it replaces what was just an extended period of your '2. A plain black screen' (with a mouse cursor, if you'd move the mouse). Always had me worried that it had crashed (that's why I moved the mouse, to see if anything was working). I think MS realised it could be worrying some of us so put a reassuringly animated 'please wait' sign instead.

    This stage is actually longer than before, due I believe to 1709's new feature that certain registered apps will reopen on next boot if you left them open when you shut down. Try it and see: Chrome, IE and Wordpad reopen, Firefox, Edge and Notepad don't.

    on a restart Fall Creators Update reopens apps from before
    Thanks Bree. Good to know. Incidentally, if I add the Macrium Reflect boot menu option it shows up as the second screen (between 1 and 2 on the above list.) The other screens remain the same.
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