Pete Kaine wrote:Having just Googled "anniversary slowdown" I ended up hitting a page or two that suggested using WPT (windows performance tools) to do a boot trace... which was news to me, good to see that it is at least a thing these days.
Not that I suspect you'd want to delve into WPT (Google some guides if you're feeling up to it, it's rather in depth, to say the least) as it's not the most intuitive tool out there. One thing that did seem to be fairly common amongst the results was a suggestion that the Intel ME was behind it. Given that driver would be a crucial link to any patching they've done at an OS level for the security issues over x-mas, that does at least strike me as something worth looking at.
Head to Intel.com and under the support section, there should be an auto driver update application. Could easily be the case that the OS needs a post-anniversary driver update to match whatever patches got rolled out in the main build.
Thanks, I found it more commonly referred to as the Win10 Black Screen of Death, and it happens here in the boot process....BootUp/BIOS/Login (or Lock Screen)/then a black screen where the PC gets stuck.
Move the mouse and you see the cursor, do the 3 fingered salute and you get the switch user/Task Manager etc.
It stays at that point for about 4 minutes then the desktop appears.
So yesterday I thought I would create a new user, booted and everything was fine, the usual Win10 boot within 20 seconds - great, I thought
So I copied what I could from the c:users/troubled profile to the c:users/Public folder, renamed the c:Users/troubled folder and copied what I could to the Public folder.
I read on the internet go into the registry and delete the troubled the profile.
I then booted up and booted into the name of the original (troubled) profile, it created new folder in that name. I booted up - all well and good :-)
I then copied my Documents file and desktop to the newly created folder - booted up and sure enough, it blackscreened, back to where I was.
I have now done what I have never done in the past, I have rolled back to an image I made before the Win10 Update which is causing the trouble.
So, seems to suggest a corrupted profile. I noted when I was trying to copy files between the folders to re-build my profile, I couldn't copy NTUSER.DAT and some other .DAT files, even though I was logged on as another user, with admin priviledges.
As I mentioned, I am fed up with it now, I surrender. And from what I have seen from this latest version of Win10 - the Creators (I haven't done any creating since it trashed my setup) there is nothing about it that will enhance my use of the PC which is used exclusively for Cubase, Halion, Kontakt, Komplete, Modular V3, Arturia Beatstep and a few bought soft synths. I only ever go on the internet to download driver updates. I wish WIn10 was like Win7 which gave options regarding updates.
As I have been typing this I have gone back to the image I made the other day and sure enough, boots and runs no problem. So it is something affected by Win10 Creators, and I left it several months to settle down rather than install as soon as it rolled off the production line, but I simply cannot nail what the issue is.
Up till this point I have held a torch for Win10, encouraging my Win7 stalwarts to move on up, I won't be doing any more encouraging now!