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17-Aug-2012, 10:39 AM #1
System Idle Process running before Windows 7 starts
In the last 2 days when I start my Win 7 Pro x64 PC I have a problem. After the Welcome screen goes I get a blue screen (Not BSOD) with my cursor in the centre and my Windows 7 title in the bottom right-hand corner. This lasts for about 90 seconds then Windows starts up. I pressed Control, Alt and Delete whilst the blue screen was up and selected Task Manager. The only Process running was System Idle Process. I thgought it was only supposed to run when the system was idle not starting up. I know Windows will not allow you to stop the process but what is causing it to run. My computer is normally a fast start-up - about 32 seconds, but suddenly this. What have I done to my dream machine (12 gb of Ram, 5 hard-drives)?
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17-Aug-2012, 10:42 AM #2
Can you think of anything you may have added/downloaded or done differently two days ago that might be causing this? Any unexpected shut downs due to power outages? Have you tried a System Restore to a date prior to this happening?
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17-Aug-2012, 06:51 PM #3
Thanks for the reply, I have restored to 2 days prior to the problem appearing, no shutdowns but I am always tweaking. I have the latest version of Windows7 Manager installed and now uninstalled but no difference. I cannot think what I have done. If I find the problem and solution I will post it here. Scottspa
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17-Aug-2012, 07:19 PM #4
The System Idle Process shows the amount of processing power that isn't being used. Have you checked to make sure that all your drivers are up-to-date? Have you ran diagnostics for your hard drives and memory? Also try booting into safe mode, if it boots faster then it could be a driver issue.
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19-Aug-2012, 02:31 AM #5
Thank you to all, I tried to restore with an Acronis Disc Image for about a month ago BUT part way through I was told my hard drive had crashed. I could not access my drive C and it was not shown ib the Bios or Windows (using Spotmau BootSuite) So as it was my biggest drive I was very disappointed. I swapped all the data from my 4 other drives to an external usb drive then decided to reinstall to a smaller drive. Whilst surveying to see which drive would work best I noticed I had an additional drive 350mb in size. I pried and pried at it and as I did so it got larger. There was no data on it but it was my missing hard drive so now I am finishing off the reinstall but am noticing a few new noises so I think I'll save up on my pension to get a new one. I have no idea what caused the blue screen but thanks for trying to help me. ( I don't trust Acronis any more)
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