Slow windows 11 boot time


angiemike6

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I have recently installed a WD Black 2tb NVME SDD as my boot drive, and installed a fresh version of Windows 11 Pro. I have 2 other internal drives being a Crucial 256gb SSD and a WD conventional 2tb HDD. I also have 2 external WD HDD's.

Switching my boot drive from SDD to NVME I thought the system might boot faster, but this does not seem to be the case. In Task Manager it tells me that BIOS time is 36.3 seconds. I am not sure if that is good or not, but suspect it is on the slow time.

I am not having any problems with my PC once it has booted but would appreciate any advice on boot time, and whether it can be speeded up.

I have Fast Boot enabled, and my BIOS is set to AHCI rather than RST.

Thank you.
 
Windows Build/Version
Windows 11 Pro version 22H2

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 8700
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ PD2700U
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Internal:
    NVMe ADATA SX8200NP (SSD) - 240gb -Boot drive
    Crucial M4-CT256M4SSD2 (SSD) - 256 gb
    Western Digital WDC WD20EZRX-00D8PB0 - 2tb
    External:
    Western Digital WD Elements 25A3 USB Device - 4tb
    Western Digizatl WD My Book 1130 USB Device - 2tb
    PSU
    Not known - I believe 650w
    Case
    ATX case
    Cooling
    Be Quiet vertical cooler with two fans. Also 2 fans venting out of back of case. Graphic card also has 2 fans.
    Keyboard
    Lenovo Black USB Keyboard UK Model Standard Full Size QWERTY
    Mouse
    Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical
    Internet Speed
    350 Mbps, but actually connects at 384 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Brave
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 and Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Also run Kerish Doctor
Here's how to fix slow boot startup time on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
Thank you freebooter. Most of these fixes I had tried without success. I had not tried a clean boot, but technically that made a marginal difference on boot time from 36.3 secs to 36.2 secs, although I suspect boot times change slightly every time anyway. I think I will leave it as is, because once booted applications load and run very quickly. As mentioned in question my boot drive is already a nvme ssd which is running at pcie gen 3 speeds.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 8700
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ PD2700U
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Internal:
    NVMe ADATA SX8200NP (SSD) - 240gb -Boot drive
    Crucial M4-CT256M4SSD2 (SSD) - 256 gb
    Western Digital WDC WD20EZRX-00D8PB0 - 2tb
    External:
    Western Digital WD Elements 25A3 USB Device - 4tb
    Western Digizatl WD My Book 1130 USB Device - 2tb
    PSU
    Not known - I believe 650w
    Case
    ATX case
    Cooling
    Be Quiet vertical cooler with two fans. Also 2 fans venting out of back of case. Graphic card also has 2 fans.
    Keyboard
    Lenovo Black USB Keyboard UK Model Standard Full Size QWERTY
    Mouse
    Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical
    Internet Speed
    350 Mbps, but actually connects at 384 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Brave
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 and Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Also run Kerish Doctor
Thank you freebooter. Most of these fixes I had tried without success. I had not tried a clean boot, but technically that made a marginal difference on boot time from 36.3 secs to 36.2 secs, although I suspect boot times change slightly every time anyway. I think I will leave it as is, because once booted applications load and run very quickly. As mentioned in question my boot drive is already a nvme ssd which is running at pcie gen 3 speeds.
I suggest you manage your startup programs using Autoruns utility. In this video, i will show you how to use a powerful application like Autoruns to manage your Windows start up programs, processes and other entries.

 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5700G
    Motherboard
    Erica6
    Memory
    Micron Technology DDR4-3200 16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC671
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster U28E590
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    SAMSUNG MZVLQ1T0HALB-000H1
I have Asus motherboards.

I don't recall what the precise boot time is on my primary system, but I doubt that it's much less than 40 seconds. Maybe 35.

Most of that seems to be consumed by the startup diagnostics the board runs, before it even begins to load Windows (from a Gen4 NVME drive). There's a sequence of diagnostic LEDs (red for CPU, amber for RAM, white for GPU, yellow-green for boot device).

I humbly suggest that trying to reduce that will be a waste of time.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
Thank you freebooter. Most of these fixes I had tried without success. I had not tried a clean boot, but technically that made a marginal difference on boot time from 36.3 secs to 36.2 secs, although I suspect boot times change slightly every time anyway. I think I will leave it as is, because once booted applications load and run very quickly. As mentioned in question my boot drive is already a nvme ssd which is running at pcie gen 3 speeds.
Here's something from TomsHardware. This is a 2018 article but still applies. Here’s How We Booted Windows 10 in 4.9 Seconds Keep in mind that Windows 11 has a fancy GUI, "With the hardware restriction that is so easily bypassed" but the core OS is Still Windows 10. This could prove advantageous or you could have tried it already. Take a look! Who knows... You may beet 4.9 Seconds :oops:
 
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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build By Me...
    CPU
    Intel 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12600KF, 3686 MHz
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE Z790 AORUS ELITE AX LGA 1700 Intel Z790 ATX
    Memory
    CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 6400 (PC5 51200) Dual-Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4060, 3x Fans, 8GB GDDR6 OC
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" 60Hz 4ms Curved PLS LED
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue NVME M.2 1T Boot Drive
    WD Blue SSD 1T
    WD Blue NVME M.2 2T
    WD Elements 6T Backup
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GT, 80 Plus Gold 850W, Fully Modular,
    Case
    Fractal Design Pop XL Air RGB Black TG ATX High-Airflow Clear Tempered Glass Window Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax black, Dual Tower CPU Cooler with Dual NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fans (Black)
    Keyboard
    Devistator 3
    Mouse
    Inphic PM6 Pro
    Internet Speed
    Fiber Optic: Download 332.7 Mbps / Upload 331.5 Mbps
    Browser
    Vivaldi (64bit)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Window 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron N7110
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0YH79Y
    Memory
    4 GB DDR3
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3 Inch Display
    Screen Resolution
    1600 X 900
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB
    Internet Speed
    Fiber Optic: Download 332.7 Mbps / Upload 331.5 Mbps
    Browser
    Vivaldi 64 bit
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
If I'm not mistaken, The BIOS boot time has nothing to do with the Windows boot time. If you haven't done it yet, check in your BIOS to make sure your boot drive is the first drive the BIOS looks for. The BIOS will look for a boot drive in the order you have selected until it finds a boot drive. This will slow your BIOS boot time.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec B746
    CPU
    Intel Core i7-10700K
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4/ax
    Memory
    16GB (8GB PC4-19200 DDR4 SDRAM x2)
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SAM0A87 Samsung SAM0D32
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    NVMe WDC WDS100T2B0C-00PXH0 1TB
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 1TB
    PSU
    750 Watts (62.5A)
    Case
    PowerSpec/Lian Li ATX 205
    Keyboard
    Logitech K270
    Mouse
    Logitech M185
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Canary Channel
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    PowerSpec G156
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-8400 CPU @ 2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    AsusTeK Prime B360M-S
    Memory
    16 MB DDR 4-2666
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Speptre HDMI 75Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 EVO 500GB NVMe
    Mouse
    Logitek M185
    Keyboard
    Logitek K270
    Browser
    Firefox, Edge and Edge Canary
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
If I'm not mistaken, The BIOS boot time has nothing to do with the Windows boot time. (snip)

I have no idea what you mean.

POST (power on self test) takes time. That's OS independent.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Amd Threadripper 7970X
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte TRX50 Aero D
    Memory
    128GB (4 X 32) Kingston DDR5 5200 (RDIMM)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 4090 OC
    Sound Card
    none (USB to speakers), Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Philips 27E1N8900 OLED
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @ 60Hz
    Hard Drives
    Crucial T700 2TB M.2 NVME SSD
    WD 4TB Blue SATA SSD
    Seagate 18TB IronWolf Pro
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1600 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo XL
    Cooling
    Alphacool Eisbaer Pro Aurora 360, with 3 Phanteks T30 fans
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Internet Speed
    1200 Mbps
  • Operating System
    windows 11 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I9-13900K
    Motherboard
    Asus RoG Strix Z690-E
    Memory
    64GB G.Skill DDR5-6000
    Graphics card(s)
    Gigabyte RTX 3090 ti
    Sound Card
    built in Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Asus PA329C
    Screen Resolution
    3840 X 2160 @60Hz
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB
    8 TB Seagate Ironwolf
    4TB Seagate Ironwolf
    PSU
    eVGA SuperNOVA 1300 GT
    Case
    Lian Li 011 Dynamic Evo
    Cooling
    Corsair iCUE H150i ELITE CAPELLIX Liquid CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech M500s (wired)
    Keyboard
    Logitech K120 (wired)
Check in your BIOS to make sure your boot drive is the first drive the BIOS looks for.
Yes, this could reduce your boot time to seconds. The OP is trying to beat 36.3 Seconds. My post #6 could reduce it to 4.9. I may try it tomorrow.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build By Me...
    CPU
    Intel 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12600KF, 3686 MHz
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE Z790 AORUS ELITE AX LGA 1700 Intel Z790 ATX
    Memory
    CORSAIR Vengeance 32GB (2 x 16GB) 288-Pin PC RAM DDR5 6400 (PC5 51200) Dual-Channel
    Graphics Card(s)
    GIGABYTE GeForce RTX 4060, 3x Fans, 8GB GDDR6 OC
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 32" 60Hz 4ms Curved PLS LED
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    WD Blue NVME M.2 1T Boot Drive
    WD Blue SSD 1T
    WD Blue NVME M.2 2T
    WD Elements 6T Backup
    PSU
    EVGA SuperNOVA 850 GT, 80 Plus Gold 850W, Fully Modular,
    Case
    Fractal Design Pop XL Air RGB Black TG ATX High-Airflow Clear Tempered Glass Window Full Tower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D15 chromax black, Dual Tower CPU Cooler with Dual NF-A15 PWM 140mm Fans (Black)
    Keyboard
    Devistator 3
    Mouse
    Inphic PM6 Pro
    Internet Speed
    Fiber Optic: Download 332.7 Mbps / Upload 331.5 Mbps
    Browser
    Vivaldi (64bit)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
  • Operating System
    Window 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DELL Inspiron N7110
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0YH79Y
    Memory
    4 GB DDR3
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17.3 Inch Display
    Screen Resolution
    1600 X 900
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 860 EVO 500GB
    Internet Speed
    Fiber Optic: Download 332.7 Mbps / Upload 331.5 Mbps
    Browser
    Vivaldi 64 bit
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
I just registered to tell you that I have the same issue. New pc build, fresh 22H2 Win 11 installation, boot time is around 25 seconds for no reason.

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My other pc running windows 10 boots in less than 10 seconds on a i7 4770 processor with half the ram and 7 y old SSD
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 22H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    13900K
    Motherboard
    MSI Z790 ACE
    Memory
    G.Skill 64 GB DDR5 6400 MHZ
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI 4090 Suprim X
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Apple XDR display
    Screen Resolution
    6K
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO
    PSU
    Asus Rog Thor 1200W
    Case
    Geometric future M8 Cowboy
    Cooling
    MSI MEG S280 AIO
    Keyboard
    Apple Magic Keyboard
Thank you for all your responses. Like Bobkn I have an Asus motherboard. As my PC is quite speedy when up from boot, I will not worry now about the time it takes to boot. However Winuser's comments have opened another can of worms.

Previously I was running Windows 11 Pro on a 256gb SATA SSD, which was an upgrade from Windows 10 that had been installed by my local computer shop. I did not make any changes to BIOS in upgrading to Windows 11 Pro.

Recently I replaced my SATA SSD with a Pcie gen 3 NVME SSD, and installed Windows 11 Pro afresh from a USB key. The only change I made to BIOS was to change from RST to AHCI. So I assume all the other settings remained unaltered.

Following Winuser's comments I checked the boot section of my BIOS. I have an Asus motherboard with a UEFI Bios. The BIOS is set up to boot from Boot Manager with only the new NVME SSD showing. However when I checked the Secure Boot settings the OS Type was set to 'Other OS' rather than 'Windows UEFI mode'. The secure boot state is showing as enabled.

I changed the setting to 'Windows UEFI mode' and despite comments I have found on the internet my PC booted into Windows 11 without problem. So it doesn't seem to matter whether this setting is on 'Other OS' or 'Windows UEFI mode'. Comments on the internet suggest that using UEFI mode makes boot up quicker, but for me it made it slower. In 'Other OS' mode boot takes about 36 seconds, and in 'Windows UEFI mode' it averages 47 seconds. Internet comments suggested that if I installed Windows on 'Other OS' which I assume means legacy mode, it would not boot to windows if it were on 'Windows UEFI mode', but mine will boot on either setting.

Your further thoughts would be appreciated, especially advice as to whether this secure boot setting should be on 'Other OS', or 'Windows UEFI mode'. I am not clear what the differences between these two modes are.

Thank you.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom Build
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 8700
    Motherboard
    ASUSTeK TUF Z390-PLUS GAMING
    Memory
    32 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    BenQ PD2700U
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    Internal:
    NVMe ADATA SX8200NP (SSD) - 240gb -Boot drive
    Crucial M4-CT256M4SSD2 (SSD) - 256 gb
    Western Digital WDC WD20EZRX-00D8PB0 - 2tb
    External:
    Western Digital WD Elements 25A3 USB Device - 4tb
    Western Digizatl WD My Book 1130 USB Device - 2tb
    PSU
    Not known - I believe 650w
    Case
    ATX case
    Cooling
    Be Quiet vertical cooler with two fans. Also 2 fans venting out of back of case. Graphic card also has 2 fans.
    Keyboard
    Lenovo Black USB Keyboard UK Model Standard Full Size QWERTY
    Mouse
    Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical
    Internet Speed
    350 Mbps, but actually connects at 384 Mbps
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome and Brave
    Antivirus
    Norton 360 and Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    Also run Kerish Doctor

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