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Computer boots fine until trying to load Desktop icons and taskbar

takes forever to load Desktop

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I have a Windows 7 Computer fully updated. The last week or so has seen issues when booting, either a cold boot or a reboot, when attempting to load the Desktop. The initial boot is fast, and then when it attempts to load the Desktop, the computer completely freezes for about 3 minutes. Just sits there. No Desktop icons. No taskbar. No system tray. The only thing that appears is the Desktop background picture. After about 3 minutes, I finally get the taskbar starting to load with the system tray and then the Desktop icons, in that order. After that, everything runs fast and there are no further problems. Programs, files and folders open and close normally. No problems with Internet connectivity.


I thought maybe it was the hard drive going bad, so I ran a scan and there were no errors and disk health came back good. I also thought the Power Supply was going bad, but after everything loads the Computer runs normally and does not appear to be overheating. Task Manager shows no signs of any problems. No viruses or malware. Nothing abnormal in the Start Up Group. Nothing abnormal with the Icon Cache.


I took all start-up programs out of msconfig and the issue still persists.


If anyone can be of any assistance I would appreciate the help. Thank you!


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How does it behave if you boot to Safe Mode with Networking? If better then something is starting at boot that is causing the problem.

Advanced startup options - XP
Advanced startup options - Vista
Advanced startup options - Windows 7
Advanced startup options - Windows 8

Use msconfig to determine what is causing the problem

These are good tutorials on using msconfig in XP, Vista or Windows 7:
How to use msconfig in Windows XP
How to use msconfig in Windows Vista
How to use msconfig in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Click on Start then Run, type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab (for Windows 8, the Startup tab has a link to open Task Manager/Startup tab. Use that.), record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Reboot and see if it runs better.
If yes then use msconfig to enable several items at a time till you find the culprit.

If no, start msconfig and click on the Services tab.
Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Again, do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable services till you find the culprit.

Once you've found the culprit, uninstall it or find out how to eliminate it from your system. Simply disabling it in msconfig is a temporary fix at best.
Enable everything else you disabled.
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Thank you so much for your input and suggestions. I will try safe mode with networking. I have disabled the four msconfig entries but that did not help. However safe mode with networking is a good idea. Thank you and I will post the results.

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