I have had Windows 7 since launch and have been very happy with it. Although it was not as quick as we were lead to believe regarding start-up, it was certainly better than Vista.
However for a few days now, and with no changes to software, the start up time has become intolerable!
The PC goes through its bios routines as normal and fires up the 'Starting Windows' panel/logo. This PC has a noisy disk drive and you can always hear it when it is operating. For 20 seconds it uses the drive then it stops. The logo then continues to pulse, but there is no disk activity. It then just sits there for 4.5 minutes (!) doing nothing. Finally, when you are about to give up, the drive kicks in and it immediately moves on as per normal.
My virus checker is up to date, I have cleared out all unwanted disk files so there is plenty of disk space, and have taken out everything bar the bare essentials for start-up, although the problem occurs before these would be loaded anyway? Nothing works, so it is currently taking me over 5.5 minutes from turning on the PC to being able to do anything! What is going on and how do I get it to start quickly again?