Could upgrading Office 2013 to 2016 cause major increase in boot time?

  1. Posts : 108
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    Could upgrading Office 2013 to 2016 cause major increase in boot time?

    I was here last year with a slow boot issue, so I know the drill in general. After going through all that but not making any serious changes to drivers, etc., a Windows 10 update cured the problem.

    Here I am again with a new slow boot problem. But now I am just asking a limited question related specifically to Office 2016 and a boot slowdown that adds at least 30 seconds between power on and the Windows logon prompt.

    On 1/24/2019, I installed Office 2016 Pro full version. After doing so, I realized there was a conflict with a prior installation of Office 2013. I uninstalled 2013 several days later. Office 2016 seemed to work fine after that.

    I am not sure exactly when I noticed the boot slowdown. I don't know if there may have been an intervening Windows 10 update automatically applied that could have independantly caused the slowdown. Other than the Office installation, I have made no other hardware or software changes to my machine.

    I just tried running the boot trace per instructions posted elsewhere:
    1. Open a command line as an Administrator (Run As Administrator)
    2. Type the following command in the command line Windows: cd %programfiles(x86)%\Windows Kits\10\Windows Performance Toolkit
    3. Type the following command to start recording the boot trace: wpr -start GeneralProfile -start CPU -onoffscenario Boot -onoffresultspath c:\wpr -numiterations 1 -filemode
    4. Compress the .ETL file generated under the C:\WPR path (very important)

    My machine rebooted after line 3 but did not create a new .ETL file. All I could find in C:\WPR was the ETL files I created last August for my previous posting here about boot delays.

    So, my question is whether anyone is aware of boot delay problems linked to Office 2016 specifically.

    Incidentally, in TaskMan Startup, I see AGCInvokerUtility.exe, which I think was installed with an Acrobat Pro update a week or two before I installed Office 2016. Whether it is necessary or not, from what I have found on the internet, I don't think it could have much impact on bootup.
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    I noticed no significant increase when I did this 2 years ago
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  3. Posts : 108
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    Thread Starter

    I did do a boot trace, though I don't know how to read it.

    If all it shows is a long delay with the video driver, well, I know it is supposedly out of date. But there really isn't a good replacement driver for my laptop. In any case, it was booting very fast (<20 sec to password entry) using that driver just two weeks ago. Now power on to password is 1:00 to 1:20 minutes.
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  4. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there
    not sure why any edition of Office would increase the boot time unless you have some background script or service opening / starting things like Outlook at boot -- no reason why you would have this without a very good reason though.

    BTW if you do upgrade and use outlook for email client the new set up screens make altering / changing email accounts almost impossible if you have anything other than basicic accounts like gmail as there's minimal user configuration any more -- you can still get the old screens though by a backdoor -- use the mail / outlook applet in the control panel.

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  5. Posts : 108
    windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the comments, Jimbo. I don't use Outlook. I use Thunderbird, which I start up manual after boot.

    Unless someone can find something sticking out in the bootrace I linked to above, I think I'll just have to assume:
    1. Once again, a Windows update has caused the delays
    2. The best medicine is to make my tea during boot up and wait for another Windows update to correct the problem.
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