Windows 7 boot hangs on Starting Windows (Screen with Logo)
by nyrnd - 3/20/10 11:27 AM
When I boot up Windows 7 it gets to the "Starting Windows" screen which includes the Windows Logo with some animation. Once there it just hangs for about 5 minutes, then starts normally.
I have Home Premium, 64 Bit, Dell XPS, Intel i7, 6BG of memory. I have several peripherals connected directly to it: Display, USB External Drive, Webcam, Bluetooth adapter.
I tested booting in Safe Mode and it was very fast with no delay.
I don't restart Windows 7 often so not 100% sure of when this really began. After the install booting up was very very fast. So this happened over the last month or so.
The only hardware item I would mention is a Realtek card/usb reader which is built in to my unit as part of it. After Win 7 install it did not work at all and it took quite a while including working with Dell to finally track down the appropriate drivers. Now the unit works fine but I believe the problem began around that incident.
Prior to uninstall or disabling the item I just wanted to check and see if this problem has been seen and make sure I am not going to do something to simply create a new problem. Also, since it was so difficult to finally get this Card Reader up and running I am concerned about just uninstalling it.
I look forward to any advice you may give me.