Lenovo Carbon X1 gen 2 slow after logging into Windows

Hi Experts,
I have a Lenovo Carbon X1 Gen2 running 512 SSD, Win7 Pro, and am having an issue after logging into windows. It starts up great about 20 seconds to login screen, then once I enter password, it stay on "welcome" screen for about 20 secs, then screen goes black (just cursor can still be seen and moved) and about 25 seconds later my desktop appears and all run normal. I've tried adjusting startup programs, and I have run Lenovo system update, which should keep drivers up to date, but it's possible it's driver issue. I am running a Samsung Syncmaster 2443, which is connected to laptop, but issue still exists even when external monitor is unplugged. Any help would be appreciated. Everything else runs great, but it's annoying that the startup is delayed by about 45 seconds due to this problem after logging into Windows.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Did the machine ever work properly?  Or has it always been slow?

Do you have mapped drives (folders) that are not connected at startup? Windows may be trying to browse folders that are not there.

Run Disk Cleanup (admin tools) and select most cleanup options. Temporary files can slow things down.

Check your SSD drive for errors to see if that is an issue.

Always check for viruses and malware: Your own Anti Virus software and then Malwarebytes.
lskairAuthor Commented:
It's pretty much always run slow after Windows login. I do have mapped drives which are not connected until I connect to VPN later. How can I disable Windows from attempting to connect to those mapped drives? It always says "unable to connect" after login in systray. No Viruses, malware. I'll run sys file checker.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do have mapped drives which are not connected until I connect to VPN later.

This is very likely what is slowing down the login. Startup is fine (as you note) and the login is slow.

The way I solve this is use a script to connect and disconnect drives (folders). I leave them disconnected until and unless I am connected to the server and need them. This works very well and prevents a login delay.

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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Usually the behavior you describe is seen due to network loading. Try the test: disable both lan and wlan adapters and try to reboot the laptop. Does it start faster?
lskairAuthor Commented:
I had already started checking disk for errors before I saw mapped drives comment. I'll try booting up without network connections to see if that helps, and will report back.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
With a network connection, Windows will spend time looking for drives that are not there. If this is the reason (and it most likely is), then booting without the network will probably be fast because the startup sequence is fast. But then, with no network, you cannot do much.
Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
Go to start>run > type msconfig. Under startup, disable all your items and go to services and hide all ma services. Disable the rest as testing and enable them a few at a time to help diagnose.
lskairAuthor Commented:
Disabled all network adapters and restarted and it's now 6 seconds from login to desktop!!! 39 seconds faster! Now what's the best way to keep it from trying to connect to mapped drives? I could just manually connect to them I guess. Any suggestions?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Use a Script to connect and disconnect as I noted above. I already do this to prevent this issue.
Tony GiangrecoCommented:
I'd check for any Anti Virus or other app that may be starting or connecting to the web for an update like Virus Definition files or new versions of an app. Many apps check for updates and new versions. It could also be checking for Windows updates. Based on the software load and number of apps you have installed, there could be quite a few apps performing this operation,
lskairAuthor Commented:
I just disconnected and will connect manually when needed. I have logon script from AD, but I'm running computer remotely most the time and disconnected from VPN. Could I delay connection attempt any other way?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are disconnected most of the time, put the script on your desktop and connect when needed. Some VPN tools have a login component that you could try to use.
lskairAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the quick solution. Very relieved it's starting windows so much faster!
lskairAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all the help. I split points as both solutions helped diagnose and resolve my issue.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@lskair  - You are very welcome and I was happy to help
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Thanks for feedback!
Take care
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