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Windows 8.1 Lock Screen taking much time.

Question: Windows 8.1 Lock Screen taking much time.

Hello Forum,
 
To begin with i would like to congratulate the admin team for maintaining such an awesome forum. I never felt the need to register because most of my seraches landed to this site for solution except for this one, so here i am with my problem.
 
I have 2 week old HP pavalion notebook pc with pre-installed Windows 8.1 64bit single language. Untill few days back, when i presses windows+L the lock screen would pop up immediately. But now whenever i do it, it takes time to lock.
 
I clocked it and it took approx 30-35 sec to lock. I am not sure what might be the problem or if this is  al all normal behaviour. Have to look at 'Please wait' screen for 30 sec to get lock screen image.
 
Kindly help,
Thanks.

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Answer: Windows 8.1 Lock Screen taking much time.

plz deselect lock and problem solve.

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So, I have searched the internet for what I am trying to find but the only thing that comes up is how to add a timer that will turn the display off after a certain time WHILE the lock-screen is on. That's not what I am asking.

What I am asking is if there is a way to auto-lock the computer after a certain amount of time. I know you can activate a screensaver after a certain amount of time, and then once touched again it will show up at the lockscreen. That's not what I want. I have the lock-screen setup to play a slideshow of pictures that I want to play when not in use. (This is a 58" touchscreen display that is used to interact with a powerpoint presentation in a public area). If I leave the desktop screensaver option on, it'll turn off the lockscreen slides. Why does that matter if the slideshow is running you may be asking? Well, I have a script on the desktop of this computer that will lock the computer with a single click. This is because when someone is done doing a presentation, I want them to be able to lock the screen immediately so that when they walk away someone can't just walk by and start messing with a wide-open computer.

So, idk if this is possible or if someone has a better solution but i'd appreciate any input.
 

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I frequently am logging in and out of my Windows 8.1 laptop. I have a good, secure password that I use and because I'm human, sometimes I mistype it. The issue is that on these occasions, I am locked out for a good 30 seconds from attempting to
login, even for the second time.

I can understand the time delay if it were say, my 5th or 6th attempt, but for one attempt this is entirely too long. How do I go about significantly reducing this, or ideally removing it?

Thank you very much!

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The whole thing started to appear around 3 days ago. The problem is that everytime I boot, windows 10 stays on a weird lock screen without any buttons for a long long time. There are just 4 icons in the bottom right corner (shut down, accesibility, ethernet...) It sometimes manages to get to desktop, and sometimes not. Not sure what caused it, could be a recent windows update, not sure tho. I ran some HDD scans and everything turned out fine, also did a registry cleanup, tried disabling lock screen, and nothing seems to work. Any suggestions or solutions?

Answer:Windows 10 stuck at lock screen for a long time

Welcome to the TenForums @Taukonza

Could you please review your update history and see if any updates for Windows or Drivers were installed in last week?

You mentioned when you boot. Not sure if this is happening on restart or power on or both. If it is power on booting can I suggest a quick test. Open a command prompt (admin) and type

powercfg -h off

This will disable hibernation and in turn Fast Startup. Test. If no change you can re-enable by typing

powercfg -h on

After you boot have you reviewed your Event Viewer to see if Windows is kicking out any serious errors to the system log?
Ken

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Hi,

apologies if this has been covered before somewhere else.
I am trying to remove the time and date from the lock screen. having searched I have seen several customisation options but the only one that actually covered this specifically was to make a change in regedit:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\SystemProtectedUserData\S-1-5-21-x-x-x-x\AnyoneRead\LocaleInfo

this brought about issues relating to administrator accounts which seem to be a common problem with windows 8.1.
nearly all of the solutions were not available to me but I finally found I could make the change in regedit by changing ownership of the file and changing the format of the time to a space. unfortunately the date is still showing.
how can I remove the date?

further, just to clarify, does the original account I signed in with have full administrator privileges? are they disabled and need to be enabled?
ive seen the tutorial on the built in elevated administrator account, this didn't work on its own either. do some files require a change of ownership to be altered regardless of which account you are signed in with including the administrator account?

any help appreciated

thanks

Brad

Answer:how to remove time and date on lock screen in windows 8.1

hi @bstevenson11 try replacing the values of "Language" and "LocaleName" to space.

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The 30 seconds, 1 minute, 3 minutes, 5 minutes screen time out is useless to me.
Anyone else feels my frustration? Does anyone know if Win10 will fix this?

Answer:Lock Screen Time Out: Will Windows 10 for Phone include the never option?

Lumia 630 has that option already.

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In the lower right hand corner, there is a button that gives the options to turn on high contrast mode, sticky keys and filter keys. Even though he isn't logged in, my son always turns these options on and of course it screws everything up with synced PCs because your theme gets over written.

Is there a way to take these off the lock screen?
 

Answer:Taking accessability options off W10 lock screen

The other buttons there have registry settings to disable (Group Policy) but not Ease of Access. Apparently you have to modify Windows system files ...
 

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I changed the picture for my lockscreen, but it is still that ugly abstract thing. Not sure what to do.

Answer:Lock screen picture change not taking effect?

Hi,
Thats a very common problem with Windows 8 users, before we start i just need to ask you one question:
_Change your account picture and see if it changes and tell me the results.
Alex.

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I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1, but it reset my custom lock screen image.  I tried re-applying it but the lock
screen preview in the settings is stuck on a load loop.  Does anyone know why that is and why it won't set my custom image as the new lock screen image?
i can't find the  C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Systemdata, folder,
in my laptop
how to get default lock screen images in 8.1? plz help me..

Answer:Lock Screen Custom Image Stuck on Load for Windows 8.1, (Can't see the default lock screen images)

Please take a look at this link and it should solve your problem.
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/29621-start-screen-set-default-background-image-windows-8-1-a.html

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Hi! I was using my PC and suddenly a voltage problem was occurred and now my PC is taking too much time on HP logo screen and then it runs normally. So, how can I solve this problem. Thanks In Advance. 

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Hello ,
I have computer with following specification ..

OS : window XP professional

Processor: 533 Mhz Intel Celeron
Primary cache : 32 Kb
Secondary cache : 128 Kb
Tertiary cache : 128 KB

Main circuit board : Tyan computer corporation , Intel 810 1.0
Bus clock : 66 MHz
BIOS American Megatrends Inc 063101 01/15/99

Ram : 256 Mb

Hard drive : 20 GB

Problem :
when i start the computer it shows that S.M.A.R.T is present but disabled ..when i able it ..it wont work properly ....it takes a long time on welcome screen which opens with a beep sound ..sometimes it takes 15-20 minutes in that welcome screen ...i have already uninstalled all the softwares which were usually loading at the beginning ...i disabled everything in msconfig ....so could anybody please suggest me anything else ..would BIOS update helps in anyways ..if yes how can i do that ...
thanks ..

Answer:taking long time on welcome screen ?????

Howdy bindudhindsa

First off It will be a little slow because of your system specs..

But turn off SMART. as this just slows down the Hard drive. it monitors the HD constanstly to make sure its not going to Die on ya, and its really never right anyway..

Try this to make windows boot faster..
Go to start. Click run
Type in regedit
Locate the following key in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\MemoryManagement\PrefetchParameters

On the EnablePrefetcher value, change the setting from 3 to 5 (decimal).

Close the registry editor.

Restart your computer.

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How can I have the weather on my glance screen without setting the weather app as my lock screen? As I have the live lockscreen set!

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Hello, I like seeing AM/PM on any time value. I already know if it's AM or PM, but it looks more Proper to see the AM or the PM with whatever time it is.

What Registry modification/Program can help me achieve this?

Thanks

Answer:AM/PM For The Time At The Lock Screen

You can change the time format, how time is shown on Windows notification area freely but AM / PM is regardless of your settings never shown in Windows Clock and lock screen if 24 hour clock has been selected.

To change how time is shown on Windows desktop, select Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Region, click Additional settings:



Now change time formats manually typing any of the following values for short time. Add :ss for long time for seconds:

h:mm
12 hour clock, no leading zero, no AM / PM

h:mm tt
12 hour clock, no leading zero, with AM / PM

hh:mm
12 hour clock, with leading zero, no AM / PM

hh:mm tt
12 hour clock, with leading zero, with AM / PM

H:mm
24 hour clock, no leading zero, no AM / PM

H:mm tt
24 hour clock, no leading zero, with AM / PM

HH:mm
24 hour clock, with leading zero, no AM / PM

HH:mm tt
24 hour clock, with leading zero, with AM / PM

Here I have selected 24 hour clock with AM / PM, but it's only shown in notification area. Opening clock does not show AM / PM, nor does lock screen, whatever settings I have chosen as long as I am using 24 hour clock:



Using 12 hour clock AM / PM is always shown in Clock and lock screen if selected.

Kari

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Is there any way to keep the lock screen from shutting me down if I don't do anything on the keyboard for a minute or 2 minutes, or whatever it is? I followed some instructions that I found on the internet that involve adding ".bak" or ".backup" to the lock screen file in "SystemApps" but it didn't have any effect. Then I clicked on "Settings" in the Start menu and got totally lost in all that stuff.

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I need some sort of registry hack or software to get the current time somewhere on the sign-in screen. Please help

Answer:How to get the current time on the lock screen?

Hello Sayan, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not sure, but luckily for you, the Lock screen in Windows 8 will have this for you.

Lock Screen - Background Image - Change in Windows 8

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Hello, I used to use a reg file for Windows 8.1 to customize the time until the screen turns off during the Lock Screen Time Out. I want to know if that command still applies for Windows 10.

The reg file command is:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen]
"SlideshowDuration"=dword:000493e0
(where the screen turns off after 5 minutes).

I have the formula to figure out what you need to calculate to insert after "dword" for the amount of time until the screen times out (goes black). Ask me for the formula... as long as the above works.

Thanks

Answer:Lock Screen Slideshow Time Out

Never mind. I went into the Registry and checked it out.

Yes, the same exact rules apply here like in Windows 8.1

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Windows 8 keeps locking the screen, seems maybe 1 minute after not touching it. I would like to set that to something like 20 minutes, but I can't see where to do that?

Answer:How do I set the time limit for screen lock

Try looking in Control Panel under Power Option settings.
You can adjust for Battery and Power options / to your needs.

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Anyone else seeing this issue? If I put my tablet into standby when I wake it I don't get the lock screen and it just goes straight to the start screen or whatever app I was using. If I put it into standby again then I'll get the lock screen the next time I wake it but then the next time it won't appear again. I've checked and it's literally every other time.

Toshiba Encore 8 on build 10162

Answer:Lock screen only appears every other time

No-one else? I tried doing a refresh and setting up a PIN and it's still doing the same thing here. Not good for device security.

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Hi, All...
I have HP DV6 1111au laptop .. with 2gb memory n 320gb HDD..
Just few days back.. it started to boot on very slowly thought its working very smoothly..
I ran all the tests on HDD n memory, change the RAM, HDD.. but still the problem persists..
I read a lot around about the booting process being slow but could not find any appropriate solution fot this slow boot..
The booting options also load really slow, sometimes boot time is 5 min. on main HP logo screen sometimes its .. 10-25mins.. n sometimes it cannot get started.. then I have to manually restart it.. but when if its ON when restart command being given.. it boots up rilly fast..

I have hard reset over the laptop.. changing BIOS settings.. i.e loading the default one.. also tried to update the BIOS, which is F.18 version.. no new update ...

Please help me.. all people and experts out here.. rilly .. need help...

Answer:How Do i make laptop boot fast.. taking much time on HP logo screen

Hello and welcome yashish mate have a read of this
Optimize Windows 7 Just make sure you back the registry up - not that there is anything to go the authour is a very cluey fellow but more that you may change the wrong values and I always back it up as matter of course after a reinstall or making changes - then you can go back
Registry - Backup and Restore (same authour)

Now the HP screen you can stop that through the BIOS but not being familiar with yours I cannot say just what to change.

It could also be the hard drive is getting either clogged up or just plain old.

Run CCleaner to remove unwanted temp files and cookies but do save the cookies for sites that require passwords see pic
I am assuming too that you have defragmented this drive often??

Also try these in safe mode if necessary
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1538-sfc-scannow-command-system-file-checker.html
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/433-disk-check.html < use the /f and /r options in Option 2 if necessary

If nothing of this works then it may need a test on the drive this is the usual one used
SeaTools for Windows | Seagate

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after some sec of use navigator my divice my screen make some bright ticks and then go to lock screen how can i fix that..??

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I have a Nokia 1020 and I would like to remove the date and time function from the lock screen. Is this possible. Thankyou

Answer:Can I remove the date and time from the screen lock?

because you posted on my birthday I thought I'd help you out.
go to settings - glance - you can turn it off from there
good luck
Phil

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I sign in with my MS account (administrator) and after signing in and using win+l the time format is correct hh:mm (24hr) but after each restart the time format reverts to h:m (12hr). This after successfully upgrading from 8.1 pro 64bit to 10. What am I missing? Thanks

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Hello,
First I want to point out that the "Play a slide show on the lock screen" is not the option that I'm looking for, since it remembers the original image that was set for the lock screen after I log back in, or restart the computer.

I am looking for an option that will always load a random picture from a certain folder to appear as my lock screen, every time the lock screen appears.
So for example, I turn on the computer and I see Image #1. I log into my account and after a few minutes I lock the computer. When I lock the computer, I want to see Image #7 as the lock screen. Now I restart the computer. Windows shuts down and starts up again. I am now at the lock screen again. I want to see Image #4. (The reason why those image numbers are like that is because they're random).

So does anyone know of an option in Windows that can do that, or a 3rd party program that can do that?

Thanks so much

Answer:Set A Random Image Every Time The Lock Screen Appears

It costs $1.99 but it sounds like exactly what you asked for:
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/stor...r/9wzdncrdqvl5

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How to remove date and time on my lock screen of nokia xl

Answer:how to remove date and time in Nokia XL screen lock?

Hi, it sounds like you are talking about Glance screen.
Check out the post below which describes how to turn it off.https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/...10-mobile.html

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my laptop is takig to much time to load when its turned on or even after it is put in sleep mode i had a game that i deleted that made it woked better for one day then it went back doing the same thing it puts the windows screen then a black screen for about 5 to 8 minutes and then after im logged in it will take a while before i can start working on it 

Answer:taking my Hewlett-Packard hp laptop is taking to much time t...

Please provide the model number of the laptop. The numbers you posted are not recognizable to describe your computer. 

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Hi, new to these forums, hope I don't break any rules or anything here.

My laptop is a
Sony Vaio - Model: SVE141R11L
Product name: SVE14135CXB
Pre-loaded with Windows 8 x64
Intel(R) Core i5-3230M CPU @ 2.60GHz
6GB RAM w/ 900GB HDD space
Purchased in Navy Exchange last year (around July 2013)

I have dropped it once or twice from at most a 3ft fall inside a padded case. I mostly use my computer for school work, some gaming, extensive video/photo editing, internet browsing. I've installed some debatable programs but have been installed long ago. Most of my programs included Microsoft Office, Adobe suite, Steam, iTunes, uTorrent, McAfee VirusScan Enterprise, Winrar, VLC, etc. But are now gone due to the refresh I had just done last week for prior problems, but still experience problems.

I recently been having issues with my computer where it just won't respond at all. Like today, I had it working for a few hours, but then went out and left my laptop on the lock screen, and came back to it being completely stuck. Completely stuck as in, no keys or clicks would unlock the screen to the login prompt. However, my cursor was fully able to move around the screen, and my caps/num lock buttons work as they display the lights enabling/disabling them. The time when it was stuck was 8:03pm, but the clock was stuck on 7:55. But on the bottom of the front of the laptop, the HDD orange light is not lit up at all, which I believe suggest that the HDD is not reading/properly reading. Oddly e... Read more

Answer:Windows 8 Lock Screen Stuck, Cursor/num/cap lock work

Sounds like one too many drops killed the computer. You may get lucky and find a local mom & pop shop that will fix it cheaper then Sony.

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I regularly use the 24 hour time format for all of my systems.
Its not a major issue I have now with Win10, but its annoying a bit.

Before I logon to Windows 10, the default lock screen theme has the time in 12 hour format instead of the 24 hour format.
In Windows, I set everything in 24 hour time. Period. I just don't like 12 hour time.
However, when I sign out or just by locking my screen, it does show the time in 24 hour format.
But when I reboot my system it shows the time in 12 hour format.

Is this a bug or what in Win10?

Thanks!

Answer:Win10 Default Lock Screen theme does not show 24 Hour Time

Mine shows 24 hour.

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I regularly use the 24 hour time format for all of my systems.
Its not a major issue I have now with Win10, but its annoying a bit.

Before I logon to Windows 10, the default lock screen theme has the time in 12 hour format instead of the 24 hour format.
In Windows, I set everything in 24 hour time. Period. I just don't like 12 hour time.
However, when I sign out or just by locking my screen, it does show the time in 24 hour format.
But when I reboot my system it shows the time in 12 hour format.

Is this a bug or what in Win10?

Thanks!

Answer:Win10 Default Lock Screen theme does not show 24 Hour Time

Mine shows 24 hour.

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Hey guys, I have been having a pretty major dilemma with my computer. So basically:
A few days ago (January 11, 2018), I downloaded the new windows update (forget the name every time ). It was initially working out quite well. Fast forward to like four o' clock, when I leave home for a few hours. I then come back to my computer, awakening it from its sleep, and then the lock screen is utterly broken. It appears as a white screen with red and green (maybe blue too???) lines running to and fro. My cursor as well appeared as a jumbled mess of black pixels. I have been dealing with this dilemma for the past few days (today is January 16 2018 at time of writing), and I have had no luck searching for help. If you have any knowledge of what is happening, or can offer help, then please offer it, that will be wonderful.
EDIT: Oh, forgot to include this, but I have tried a malwarebytes scan (probably at January 12, 2018), but it did not come up with anything important.

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Please, could someone help me?

Answer:Windows Explorer taking up 68% CPU all time

try a clean boot first make sure its not something else causing the problem...

How to perform a clean boot to troubleshoot a problem in Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8

does this stop it happening?

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Hello, I recently bought a brandnew i7 samsung laptop.

But the problem is, the windows explorer is taking up 20% CPU all time even peaks to 25-30%.
And when i go to taskmanager and press end-task(windows explorer) the laptops stops making the loud fan-noises and also the CPU usage is back to normal
(i hope the language in the screenshots are no problem)
common terms are: beschikbaar = avaible, geheugen = memory, snelheid = speed, in gebruik = usage,
I'm very confused about what to do, I tried different forums but nobody could help me find an answer. I hope you guys from 8forums can help me out and fix this persistant problem.

ps: My apologies for my bad english, I tried my best to explain the problem.
SOLVED:
1) Open C:Windows/Temp
2) Delete all the data
3) Open task manager
4) Terminate explorer.exe
5) Start a new explorer.exe
6) Problem solved.

Answer:Windows explorer, taking up 20%CPU all time

Can you expand the very last picture to show the sub menu activity as shown below?

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At first I did a regular install and it was doing this as well as my video card kept blacking out for about 5 seconds then the windows 7 action center said the new drivers I downloaded the newest to date crashed but recovered. So I decided to do a clean install altogether, everything was cool the first few days but now my video card just did that again but only once so far the past few days but to the main problem, windows 7 runs amazing and shuts down fine, then the next day when I boot up i got BSOD once but mainly one boot up it just resets itself once or twice then asks if I want to run windows in safe mode or regular and I pick regular, then it goes into the windows screen and says now configuring windows updates 1 of 3 then goes into now shutting down windows before it eve starts. About 3 times of resetting itself and everything is fine. Cant pin down the problem...
 

Answer:Taking windows 7 three time to boot up?

If you did a clean reinstall of Windows 7, did you upgrade it to SP1 and then install the post-SP1 important/recommended updates and get Windows 7 up-to-date before you loaded a bunch of programs in your computer?

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Hi

Anyone got any solution for this problem...

-Windows 7 taking a long time to shutdown

It just shows the word and stays like this for a long time
-Shutting down..

So I need to manually cold shutdown my PC by holding the shutdown button.

Answer:Windows 7 taking a long time to shutdown

See if the Link below is of any Help ...

Windows 7 is very slow to shutdown - Microsoft Community

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Hi, I have had the standard message about a restart required to enable an update. On restarting I can see a different update screen that is taking a very long time to update. It has taken half an hour to get to 17%. The screen is black with white writing and a large circle showing the progress. It only took about an hour to upgrade from 7 to 10 and I am concerned it might be a virus encrypting my drive.
Is there a big update expected today? Should I be suspicious because it is taking so long?
Thanks
Tony

Answer:Windows 10 update taking a long time

I updated two laptops last night. Started at around 7.30
Gave up waiting so left on over night
Don't know what screens it went through .

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I decided to get the free upgrade to windows 10 and I have filled out the reservation and I have downloaded windows 10 as well. But when It says that I have to upgrade it, it takes forever to upgrade. It just gives me a screen that says "Working on it...". I have been waiting for 1 and a half hour already. It doesnt even say a % number, what should I do?

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Netbeans 6.8 , 6.5 , zip distro ..all are taking too much time(around 40 minutes) to start on windows 7
whereas it is working well in windows xp(within 10 minutes) . My jdk is version 6 update 20 , so no compatibility problem

Also , theres no problem , with netbeans.exe file because , the log files it generates are fine during start up .
There has to be some reason related to the platform
Could anyone suggest , the reason and the solution .

Thanks in anticipation!!

Answer:Netbeans 6.8 taking too much time to start on windows 7

Apparently there are a few fixes:






Quote:
Delete NetBeans related folders within your user directory
Run CCleaner
Turn off "to-do" scanning (just close the "Tasks" window and uncheck "Enable Java Tasklist":Tools->Options->Editor->Tasklist (if your ide already loaded).

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Hi to everyone
I m peeyush
actually my problem is that whenever i boot my windows xp then it stucks on the screen where the windows xp loads i.e the part where the blue bars moves in a black screen with windows written over it for more than 5 min, i tried to change the postion of my hard drive on the board slots and even re-installed the windows but nothing happening, could nybody plz tell me what's happening.
Regards
peeyush
 

Answer:Windows Startup taking tooo much time

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Hello Everyone,

Thanks in advance for taking the time to help me with this computer virus.

I think I have a computer virus on my Windows XP.

Symptoms are as follows:

1. The text "VIRUS ALERT!" is in my Windows time bar. Also, the time is displayed in military.

2. Pop-ups with the text: "Windows Security Alert...Windows had detected an internet attack.."

3. Pop-ups with the text: "Spyware Alert. Security Warning! Worm.Win32.NetBooster detected on your machine..."

4. Internet Explorer opens automatically and directs me to an off-brand anti-virus program.

I run AVG Free Anti-Virus but it hasn't caught it. Also, I use Zone Alarms Free Firewall.

Please direct me where I can get some help!

Thanks,

Mike in Florida

Answer:"virus Alert!" Taking Over My Windows Time Bar

Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and save it to your desktop.alternate download link 1alternate download link 2Make sure you are connected to the Internet.Double-click on mbam-setup.exe to install the application.When the installation begins, follow the prompts and do not make any changes to default settings.When installation has finished, make sure you leave both of these checked:Update Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareLaunch Malwarebytes' Anti-MalwareThen click Finish.MBAM will automatically start and you will be asked to update the program before performing a scan. If an update is found, the program will automatically update itself. Press the OK button to close that box and continue. If you encounter any problems while downloading the updates, manually download them from here and just double-click on mbam-rules.exe to install.On the Scanner tab:Make sure the "Perform Quick Scan" option is selected.Then click on the Scan button.If asked to select the drives to scan, leave all the drives selected and click on the Start Scan button.The scan will begin and "Scan in progress" will show at the top. It may take some time to complete so please be patient.When the scan is finished, a message box will say "The scan completed successfully. Click 'Show Results' to display all objects found".Click OK to close the message box and continue with the removal process.Back at the main Scanner screen, click on the Show Results button to see a li... Read more

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My laptop recently had a pending update for a "new windows 10 feature", I decided to update it by clicking update and shut down. Once doing this the screen said things such as preparing update and installing update.Then a black screen popped up and had a white buffering symbol on the bottom, similar to the startup screen but without the hp logo. Ever since the update, my laptop has stayed on that screen for approximately 30 hours now, with the buffering symbol continuing.Is this normal? Is there any possible way to speed up the process?

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What's the record for time taken for Windows to search for updates?
I'm crossing the 5-day mark.

Answer:Windows update taking a long time

Switch it off then go to control panel. Troubleshooting. Windows update and it should fix a couple of problems.Reboot and try running it again.
If no good try cmd as administrator and type in sfc /scannow and see if it fixes any problems.
Take it you are using W10.

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This is the third time this has happened.

It's 2 updates each time and it takes over and hour for them to finish installing. It always finishes eventually but like I said this is the third time in less than a month that this has happened and I'm wondering if there's a real issue here. This happens on my Thinkpad t61 notebook, I do not have this issue on my netbook at all. The updates on the netbook always finish very quickly.

Answer:Windows 7 updates taking a really long time

Can you give us the System Specs?

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computer will start up, but when windows starts to open it takes about 20 to 30 minutes to actually open

Answer:windows taking a long time to startup

Not enough info. Does your system have at least 2GB RAM? Please list your complete system specs & if possible, the CPU temperature. How long have you had this problem? Did you install anything recently that may have caused this problem? Have you scanned for viruses & malware/spyware? Have you managed your startup apps?http://www.netsquirrel.com/msconfig...

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Okay I am up against it it here with my home made computer which was primarily made to edit videos and secondarily to play video games. I have some videos to get out but my PC will take sometimes a little less than an hour to completely load up. Sometimes when I reboot while waiting for the load it will load properly but it will sometimes take multiple reboots. Even after a load sometimes programs will take longer to load as necessary but no where as near long as the OS will. I have also noticed that a video that would normally take an hour to render will sometimes take four hours.

I am running Windows XP Service Pack 3

Windows XP 32 bit
AMD Phenom 2 X 4 965
3 GB Dual Channel DDR3 @ 2833 Mhz
ASUSTek M4N75TD AM3
Dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX+ SLI Disabled because I don't have Windows 7

The last program I installed was the paid version of Stardocks Fences

Task Manager shows:

CrasPlanService running 150,000K and fluctuating
mbamservice.exe (Malwarebytes) at 142,000K and pretty steady

Can you guys help me with my problem. I have a deadline coming up on the grant I was provided for my documentary project and I am being hard pressed by these problems.
 

Answer:Windows taking a very long time to load

Could it be the internals? Maybe something isn't plugged in or connected well, maybe the power supply isn't supplying the PC enough power? Maybe you should upgrade to Windows Vista or 7 since you probably meet the requirements for it? Or maybe your PC is overheated and not getting good airflow?

Either your version of Windows has something corrupt or since your PC was home made, something is going wrong internally...
 

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when i hit start->turn off computer, it takes a long time before the options appear to either 'stand by', 'shut down', or 'restart'. i'm not sure what the computer is thinking about for so long, but is there a way to kick its butt into gear?

Answer:windows taking long time to shutdown

SHUTDOWN WORKS, BUT IT?S REAL SLOW

1. If it appears that Win XP is not shutting down, give it some time. Some users report a minute or longer for shutdown to visibly start. Generally, this is a consequence of software that is running when shutdown is attempted. It also may have something to do with particular hardware. If you experience this problem, be sure to close all running programs before attempting shutdown and see if this solves your problem. If so, then you can determine, by trial and error, which program(s) are involved.


2. Newsgroup correspondent ?Sarah? provided one specific solution for this. In Control Panel | Administrative Tools | Services, stop the Nvidia Driver Helper service. (You can also get this by launching SERVICES.MSC from a Run box.) Many other newsgroup participants quickly confirmed that this solved this ?extremely slow shutdown? problem for them (it?s the most successful solution for this problem to date). According to correspondent Gan Ming Teik, downloading and installing the new version 23.11 Nvidia driver also solves this problem.


3. Correspondent Ron Spruell found that disabling the Terminal Services service reduced his shutdown time from over 2 minutes (hanging at the ?Windows is shutting down? screen) to about 10 seconds. To disable Terminal Services, follow the steps in the prior paragraph for launching SERVICES.MSC. Please note that Terminal Services is required in Windows XP for running Remote Assistance, Fast User ... Read more

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I've been having this issue for a little over a month. When I start Windows XP, after it applies personal settings, it gets stuck at just a blank screen with my wallpaper for about 3 minutes or so before it finally starts to load all of the desktop icons. I have tried pulling up task manager while it is sitting there just showing the wallpaper, to see if explorer is running but the task manager doesn't come up until right before the desktop loads. Sounds like explorer.exe is somehow not loading as it should.

I've checked the startup programs in the registry and everything there is normal. Also I have not installed any new software or hardware lately. Any other ideas?

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Have a new Ideacentre 300S and am setting it up tonight. Took over an hour to download the 4GB Windows 10 Update (I have a 50MB/second FIOS internet) and now is taking over another hour to install the update. If this is a sign of things to come I will be returning this very quickly. Any ideas?

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Hi. Windows tried to update. It failed. Now it's reverting changes but it's been at it for 30 minutes. It says don't turn off the computer but this is crazy.
Ideas?
Thanks!

Answer:Windows Update Reconfigure Taking a long time!

 30 minutes is nothing for Windows 7 updates.  Patience, my man, patience!
 
 Good luck.

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Hello everyone,
 
I'm currently checking for updates on a fresh install of Windows 7 in a virtual machine.
 
The check for updates has been running for a few hours, but looking at the windowsupdate.log file I'm not sure it's going smoothly.
 
The last line of the file says this:
 
2016-04-04    17:39:00:468     380    bf0    DtaStor    WARNING: Attempted to add URL http://download.windowsupdate.com/c/msdownload/update/software/updt/2016/03/windows6.1-kb2952664-v17-x64_dd97e8ab6959ee3d8e9c7e4b59a4a1804516d1a3.msu for file 3Zfoq2lZ7j2OnH5LWaShgEUW0aM= when file has not been previously added to the datastore
 
It hasn't done anything since that last entry.
 
Is this regular output from Windows Update file, or should I cancel the check for updates and start a new one?

Answer:Windows Update taking a long time, should I stop it?

 I just had to restore a Windows 7 desktop from a year old backup last week.  When I ran Windows Update, it ran for 2 hours 20 minutes before finding 114 updates.  Since your install is probably more than a year behind in updates, be prepared for a very long time for Windows Update to run.
 
 Good luck.

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Hello all,

I have an old K6-2 500mHZ machine that my parents are using for internet purposes. The primary problem is that when I boot up, it goes thru POST fine and then i get a black screen. i wait for about 5-6 minutes and then it loads into windows. Sometimes when boot up, it goes straight to windoes but 9 times outta 10 it doesnt. I stripped everything down to the vid card, floppy, HD and network card. Even reinstalled windows. I cant seem to fix this. Anyone have any idea what can possibly be wrong? Thanks in adavnce!
 

Answer:Taking very long time to load windows 2000

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Hi all. I have an hp Pavilion 64 bit 4 gigs memory.

It was working great on 10 after I upgraded it about eight months ago or so. Now it takes forever to load or start. Also it freezes allot with firefox browser or IE browser. Or just doing tasks. Now I have tried so many things. I have tried to do tips for windows 10 to help speed it up and load quickly. I have ran virus scans like Mawarebytes and Super antispyware . Adwcleaner. Cleaning the pc ect.

I am having surgery on Thursday and would love to clear this up before then. I would so appreciate your time to help me resolve this issue.
 

Answer:Windows 10 Taking A Long Time To Load And Then Freezes.

Make sure any plugins you have (such as Adobe Flash Player) are up to date. Then within Firefox > Addons > Plugins have it set to 'ask me to activate'.
In start ups only allow those actually needed - most are not needed at start up.
Any program that can be started when needed should not be in start ups.
Use CCleaner Slim at least weekly to clear out junk.
Other than that, without seeing your system in detail it's hard to say more.
 

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Hi,
In my origination windows updating is getting delay to update .windows preparing to configure windows taking long time, so please support


regards,
Abdul

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 Hi,
Something is going on with Windows update and new/restored 7 machines. Been going on pretty much all year so far and has been noticed by a great many other technicians besides me.  Windows 7 has seamed to taken the hit hard. With machines I have built
and restored for customers over these past few years. I know how long the update process approximately took with in an hour or 2. but the same machines are now running into days. Something is not right and needs to be investigated by Microsoft to locate the
problem unless it is being done intentionally for some reason. ??? Windows 8 and 10 machines don't seam to have as much problem 8 more than 10 but 7 never used too.

This involves too many different manufactures machines and clean installs of 7 SP1 for this to be a OS install problem. Not when doing the same machine with in less than 2 years and I could turn the machine over and have it ready to return to work in
a day. Not with the current problem with the update system for 7 OS anyway. I have read where this problem has been very frustrating for other techs.

I have tried a number of the so called KB fixes for this and they pretty much do not correct the problem, I believe it is with the update system and older OS's.

If is an effort to force 10 on folks is not good, if they don't like it and just don't want it, or have other issues with it. They ask for 7 OS machines. You have something people really like!!! So keep selling it and supporti... Read more

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We're at 5 1/2 hours and still not finished. 924,000+ items scanned. I had had the trial version of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit on for the first 1 1/2 hours of the Defender scan and I turned it off because I thought that might be slowing things.

This is on a Dell Inspiron Mini netbook. Not a huge hard drive here. The RAM has been upgraded from 1Gb to 2Gb, so I don't think that is the problem.

Is this normal? My ESET smart security takes a lot less time and I'm sure it scans a lot more items.

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We're at 5 1/2 hours and still not finished. 924,000+ items scanned. I had had the trial version of Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit on for the first 1 1/2 hours of the Defender scan and I turned it off because I thought that might be slowing things.

This is on a Dell Inspiron Mini netbook. Not a huge hard drive here. The RAM has been upgraded from 1Gb to 2Gb, so I don't think that is the problem.

Is this normal? My ESET smart security takes a lot less time and I'm sure it scans a lot more items.

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why is it taking a long time for windows load files on my Dell Latitude D520? because I been waiting for over an hour for it to finish and it still only not even half way done yet

Answer:Why is Windows 7 taking long time to load files on startup

One option in the advanced boot options (F8 at start up) should be "Last Good Configuration", if it is then take that option and it should be the first basic fix to get it to start up. If it starts but does not fully load or still takes too long then try again and take the Safe Mode option and run the three programs under Safe Mode as recommended in reply #4. Save the logs from the results (Copy Paste into Word or other program for now) and reboot into normal mode. Then copy paste the results from those logs into a reply here so they can be reviewed to see if there is more you will need to do.You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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Hi. I installed Windows 10 Pro on my new computer (self-built) the other week. It's been running very nicely, very very quick. Well, it all seemed to be working OK at least, until a few days ago it randomly started to hang when I was shutting the computer down. And it's done it a few times since. I'd choose shutdown, everything would at first seem to shut down, the monitor would lose signal and auto shut off like normal, but the keyboard backlights stayed on and the computer was still running. There was drive activity during this and eventually, after about a minute, the computer would finally turn off.

Not content with failing to shut down properly though it also seems to randomly startup slowly. It will POST OK as far as I can tell, then starts loading Windows and then it stays black with the mouse cursor visible (and moveable) for upwards of 30 seconds before the login screen shows up.

The odd thing about all this is that it doesn't always do it. Sometimes it shuts down nice and quick (ie when the screen loses signal the computer actually turns off a second or two later). And startup is usually quick too, from time to turn on to when I get the login screen is less than 10 seconds usually (I have an SSD).

I'd normally attribute this to a driver issue but, like I say it was working fine before the other day (well, I think it was) and as far as I'm aware it hasn't had any new Windows or driver updates come through since I initially updated it all after installing the OS.

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Answer:Windows Boot/Shutdown randomly taking a long time.

Hello mrpantsinator,

Check Device Manager for issues. Also, check Hidden Devices there.

Disconnect any Peripheral Devices. Then test behavior.

Run SFC.

Run System Restore.

Run Clean Boot. If this helps, run Diagnostic Startup. Load a few startups or services at a time until the boot and shutdown issue returns.

Check Event Viewer for errors.

Check Task Manager.

Hope this helps,
John

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Hi. I installed Windows 10 Pro on my new computer (self-built) the other week. It's been running very nicely, very very quick. Well, it all seemed to be working OK at least, until a few days ago it randomly started to hang when I was shutting the computer down. And it's done it a few times since. I'd choose shutdown, everything would at first seem to shut down, the monitor would lose signal and auto shut off like normal, but the keyboard backlights stayed on and the computer was still running. There was drive activity during this and eventually, after about a minute, the computer would finally turn off.

Not content with failing to shut down properly though it also seems to randomly startup slowly. It will POST OK as far as I can tell, then starts loading Windows and then it stays black with the mouse cursor visible (and moveable) for upwards of 30 seconds before the login screen shows up.

The odd thing about all this is that it doesn't always do it. Sometimes it shuts down nice and quick (ie when the screen loses signal the computer actually turns off a second or two later). And startup is usually quick too, from time to turn on to when I get the login screen is less than 10 seconds usually (I have an SSD).

I'd normally attribute this to a driver issue but, like I say it was working fine before the other day (well, I think it was) and as far as I'm aware it hasn't had any new Windows or driver updates come through since I initially updated it all after installing the OS.

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Hi all, i have recently purchesed lenova TC edge 71, i3, 2 GB ram, and installed windows 7 profsnl 64bit version(fresh instalation), while i shutdown it takes hours time to get off. wht could be reason for dis. edge 71, i3 processor nt compatable for 64 bit. can some please suggest me to solve this issue.

Answer:Edge 71 windows 7 profs 64bit shutdown taking hours time.

Hi
 
Please check weather the system is taking same time in safe mode
Also check by disabling your Antivirus program
 
Cheers!!!

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HelloRecently, my Lenovo G505 laptop has been taking 10-15 minutes to start up/boot to Windows. This all started Nov. 12th in the afternoon. Before then, the laptop had been working great. I put it to sleep for a couple minutes as I had to move to a different spot to work, but after that it started to take a long time boot up. I essentialy left the computer to run overnight and I woke up with a screen telling me there had been an error while trying to install an update and it gave me the option to restart the computer (it mentioned that most problems are gone after restarting) or to try and have windows repair it, or go to advance options. Not thinking about it, I restarted, and ever since then the laptop has taken 10-15 minutes to boot (and it take 20-30 to wake up from sleep!).After talking to a friend of mine who works on computers, told me to scan for viruses/malware, then to go to msconfig and only start up the programs I need, and then essentially run chkdsk. Chkdsk ran up to 12% until it restarted and booted to windows (it took 10 minutes to do so). He then said I should reinstall windows/restore to factory settings because there was something wrong with either an update or a program.I recently wiped everything (besides what was on the partition) and reinstalled Windows 8 (which is what it came with), but the problem persists! Does anyone know what could be wrong?

Answer:Lenovo G505 Taking a long time to start up/boot to Windows

Hi Ramo90, Welcome to Lenovo Community!
As per the query we understood that you are facing issue with slow boot on your Lenovo G505.

Please run the Lenovo solution center application and run the hardware test to verify if there is any issue with hardware.
Check with updating anti-virus and scan the system to check if there are any viruses.

Check with this option and let us know the findings. Hope this helps.
Best regards,
Hemanth Kumar





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Hi Guys,
 
This is Viral. I am using an Acer laptop model ASPIRE 4736 since the last seven years. There haven't been much issues with it. except for the battery and that's it. But recently, when I was learn R programming, I ran a script accidentally( Copy Paste) which was meant for a octacore processor  on a Core 2 Duo processor(2.2 Ghz, 800 MHz FSB). The function was basically stop all the computing functions of the machine and give the script the whole processor to run to analyse the data. I had to make some changes in the code to fit my Core 2 Duo processor but I just Copy Pasted the code and it ran successfully. But, after that, my machine takes a lot of time to start and has become really slow. I have already stopped that code and ran Glary Utilities as well as cleared the registry using CC cleaner but none of them helps. My Chrome browser is also not working properly and also Google has stopped giving out updates for Chrome browser. Everything takes a lot of time to start considering the machine as well. It takes almost 7-10 mins for the machine to start and then 2-3 mins for the browser to open and this is creating a lot of problems. I don't know what to do in this case or is my machine permanently screwed. There's already a heating issue which I solved by buying a coolpad but now this new issue. I don't want to upgrade to a new laptop as I already have a office laptop which is really fast. I tried disabling some processes which weren't required during s... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista machine taking a lot of time to start after running a R script

Do you have a Restore Point before the script was run? If you placed any files on the desktop after the Restore Date move them to the Documents folder.

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Hi Guys,
 
This is Viral. I am using an Acer laptop model ASPIRE 4736 since the last seven years. There haven't been much issues with it. except for the battery and that's it. But recently, when I was learn R programming, I ran a script accidentally( Copy Paste) which was meant for a octacore processor  on a Core 2 Duo processor(2.2 Ghz, 800 MHz FSB). The function was basically stop all the computing functions of the machine and give the script the whole processor to run to analyse the data. I had to make some changes in the code to fit my Core 2 Duo processor but I just Copy Pasted the code and it ran successfully. But, after that, my machine takes a lot of time to start and has become really slow. I have already stopped that code and ran Glary Utilities as well as cleared the registry using CC cleaner but none of them helps. My Chrome browser is also not working properly and also Google has stopped giving out updates for Chrome browser. Everything takes a lot of time to start considering the machine as well. It takes almost 7-10 mins for the machine to start and then 2-3 mins for the browser to open and this is creating a lot of problems. I don't know what to do in this case or is my machine permanently screwed. There's already a heating issue which I solved by buying a coolpad but now this new issue. I don't want to upgrade to a new laptop as I already have a office laptop which is really fast. I tried disabling some processes which weren't required during s... Read more

Answer:Windows Vista machine taking a lot of time to start after running a R script

Do you have a Restore Point before the script was run? If you placed any files on the desktop after the Restore Date move them to the Documents folder.

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Windows Media Player always takes so long to play a song or video or whatever i need to look at. How do i fix it? I heard a rumor that it was going to be fixed in Service Pack 2 to but it wasn't for me. Anyone have any solutions?

Answer:Windows Media Player taking long time to play songs

Mine has slowed down, but I thought it was just because i have so many different formats going through it. Any comments anyone?

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Hi,

I looking for a way to limit time on the PC - auto lock Windows after 30 minutes, even (and especially) when the computer is not idle.
When the user will log back into Windows by entering the Windows password, the counter will start again from 30 minutes.

The app should start automatically and silent with Windows, and the user should not be able to stop this app without a password.

Thanks, Nir.

Answer:Force lock windows after set time

Use parental controls. Only works on user accts, not admins.

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Is there any way that i can set my Windows XP x64 Version computer to lock itself out after 2 minutes or something?

Answer:Lock Windows after a period of time

greetings
will you explain a little more clearly what you want to do.. and please remove the link from your signiture.
thankyou

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Hi,

how to disable Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock screen messages?



I have desktop pc with two keyboards usb and bluetooth. Also TOSHIBA Bluetooth Stack software, but in device manager: keyboard > hid keyboard device both using microsoft drivers. And I dont have any software installed for keyboards. Also bluetooth has separate system tray indications (it is also disabled) so its not that. I made some googling and found other fix it with Hkey_Local_Machine\Software\Widcomm\BTConfig\General KeyIndication set to 0, but I dont have it in registry. Acualy I dont have anywhere in registry KeyIndication. So any ideas how to disable it? Thanks

Answer:Caps lock, num lock, scroll lock screen messages

Hi,

You'll find that the messages are controlled by a piece of software that came pre-installed on your machine when you bought it. Try looking for a Hotkey managing app to see if the notifications can be disabled.


OS

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I am constintly on line for work submitting information. My computer has gotten progressivly slower and is now just locking up completely. Making it impossible to do my job efficeintly. I do not want to waste money on these "finally fast" sites. What can I do?
 

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Hi All,

I have a Windows 7 laptop which is slow to load into the Desktop. Booting up takes the 'standard' amount of time, and everything progresses normally until the splash screen which has 'Windows 7 Professional' written at the bottom.

Normally the 'Windows 7 Professional screen' almost instantly brings up the appropriate user account and a password box; however on this particular troubled laptop there is a delay of 30 - 90 seconds before the password entry field is presented.

I have scanned for viruses (there are none), and installed all available Windows updates, however this has not lead to any improvement.

To further test the laptop I have created another user account, without a password, and temporarily disabled the original user account. However there is still a substantial delay between the 'W7 Professional' screen and the desktop loading.

If anybody has any advice on how to overcome this issue it will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo

Answer:Windows taking a long time to reach the user logon prompt / desktop?

Do you have a lot of programs that load at start up?.

Reinstate your original User Name & then post a screen shot of the Start Up tab of System Configuration. This will tell us what gets loaded at Start Up. To find this type, msconfig in the search box after pressing the Start button. When that opens select the Start Up tab.

Also have a look in Start Up in All Programs to see if there are programs set to load there as well.

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Hi All,

I have a Windows 7 laptop which is slow to load into the Desktop. Booting up takes the 'standard' amount of time, and everything progresses normally until the splash screen which has 'Windows 7 Professional' written at the bottom.

Normally the 'Windows 7 Professional screen' almost instantly brings up the appropriate user account and a password box; however on this particular troubled laptop there is a delay of 30 - 90 seconds before the password entry field is presented.

I have scanned for viruses (there are none), and installed all available Windows updates, however this has not lead to any improvement.

To further test the laptop I have created another user account, without a password, and temporarily disabled the original user account. However there is still a substantial delay between the 'W7 Professional' screen and the desktop loading.

If anybody has any advice on how to overcome this issue it will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards,

Davo

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I am running Windows 10 on my two home computers (laptop and desktop), and it drives me crazy that the console locks after 5 minutes and we have to enter a PIN to wake it back up. My wife has pretty much stopped using the laptop because she can't stand it. I had figured out how to disable it in Windows 8.1, but it appears they removed the option to add that to the settings in Windows 10. I have been searching the interwebs for days to try and find a solution posted somewhere and I am really surprised by the lack of complaints about this. I can't believe we're the only ones who find it maddeningly annoying. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions about what to do?
Thanks,
Nate

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Hi to all.
I m here again with a problem which I facing since long. when I start computer and launch FF. it takes too much time. no more then at least 50 sec to 1 minute. after start first time, if I close FF and start it again its its launch quickly. and the most funny thing is which is wonder me alot that FF itself know that and often after start FF, its says in status bar of FF that "FF taking too much time to start, to solve this problem follow the steps" (or something like that)
and FF suggest Reset firefox from FF button->Help->troubleshoot problem->reset firefox.
but this method did not solve the problem. FF updated regularly when new update available and the current version is,,,,,, 27.01.
my pc specs is in this forum.

Answer:FireFox taking too much time to launch first time after start pc.

Hi,

Have a look here:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb...refox-problems

Try disabling all plugins on a temporary basis and see if Firefox starts faster.

Before trying to reinstall Firefox - backup your Firefox profile using:

MozBackup - Backup tool for Firefox and Thunderbird

Run the program and backup your current profile and save it as a .pcv file somewhere handy.

Then fully remove Firefox and either reboot or run a system cleaning product.

Reinstall Firefox and see if it boots faster. If it doesn't - it's not a problem with Firefox.

If it's okay - run MozBackup again and use it to restore the profile that you saved earlier.

Start Firefox.

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http://www.morti.me/
 
It was fast this morning and it loaded right away. It is now taking a long time to load and it is very slow. I tried shutting down the computer and refreshing it and it is still doing the same thing. 
 
 

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As the title says, I couldn't find it anywhere, but I was looking to have it so that after a set period of time Windows will automatically lock out the user (me). I'm not talking about having a screensaver come up, but I've seen it before, where it basically looks like the logon screen of XP, where you have to click on your name to go back into Windows, and type in your password again.

Can someone direct me to where I set this option? I thought it'd be in the standard haunts, but I don't see it anywhere.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Having windows lock-out after time (requiring password) but not screensaver

I've not seen this done outside the screensaver options, but this link has another option.

Reading more, I think what you really want is the screensaver option, but use the logon.scr with password enabled.
 

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So I just installed Windows 8 on my system, and it was all going smoothly, until I got to installing Steam. After I clicked through a few menus, Steam finally started to install, but the progress bar never went up. If I tried to do anything else (Open task manager, stop the installation, etc...) everything would just lock up and I couldn't do anything.

At this point my only option was to restart, so I did just that. After about an hour of waiting for Windows to boot back up, I gave up and tried to do a system repair. This failed too, so I just re-installed Windows 8. I tried this 4 times. The first few times I thought it was because I might have had incorrect chipset drivers installed, but even when I did get the correct ones, it had the same issue.

At this point my only thought is that maybe I should do all available windows updates before I start installing steam? Otherwise, I'm out of ideas for getting this to work. It's also looking like this may be some sort of hardware failure, possibly ram?

So has anyone else experienced this, or do you have advice?

Motherboard: ASUS M5A99X EVO
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 3.2 ghz
Graphics card: HIS ATI Radeon 7770, 1 GB ram
Ram: 2 x 4GB(2 sets) G.Skill Ripjaws X series, total 16 GB

Answer:Installing Steam causes windows to lock up, long boot time

I have Windows 8 on my PC since arrival on MSDN and since then my Steam client works fine.
But yet difference is that my Win 8 is upgraded with latest updates.

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Hi. I just switched to Windows 7 Ultimate and I'm noticing that the command "Windows+L" to lock my screen takes 5 seconds to lock and 21 seconds to unlock, that a lot! While it's locking/unlocking the screen goes black. This action used to be immediate in XP and Vista.

Is this an OS problem or a settings problem of mine? How can I fix it?

Any help is deeply appreciated.

Answer:Lock Workstation taking too long

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Metalman189


Hi. I just switched to Windows 7 Ultimate and I'm noticing that the command "Windows+L" to lock my screen takes 5 seconds to lock and 21 seconds to unlock, that a lot! While it's locking/unlocking the screen goes black. This action used to be immediate in XP and Vista.

Is this an OS problem or a settings problem of mine? How can I fix it?

Any help is deeply appreciated.


I would suspect a settings problem. In my ancient laptop it takes 1.5 secs to lock and 5 to unlock. You could create another user and check the time there. If it is shorter you could transfer your things to it.

Ken

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How can I change lock screen by my picture each time I login? (not use Bing's picture)

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I recently updated my lumia 730 to windows 10 Technical preview new build..from then when i enter lock code its not responding to it...how can i unlock my phone now ??

Answer:Lock code not taking in Lumia 730 after updating to win 10 TP

This was a known issue with build 10149. I would suggest a rollback to Wp8.1 (and update again but disable the pin or wait for the next build where this issue may be solved)
Good luck

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Hi All,
Please kindly let me know how could i stop the spotlight (drop-down) screen in windows 10 using registry settings.
Means while we lock the computer or while we restart the computer then there one screen appears then we press "Space" and then went to up and then we can see the login credential page to login to the windows. I need to disable the same screen using
registry change".

I have tried with the registry
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\
Right-click the Windows folder and click New > Key. Name this new key "Personalization" and then navigate inside it.

but still i am getting the drop-down screen in windows i want to disable the screen it should not appears on the login page.
please let me know how could i disable that screen.
OR
If we can increase the time for the screen then how we can increase the time to display the screen.

Thanks & Regards,
Yogendra 

yogendra kumar

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Hello, Windows 10 Pro, fully fully updated. The following happens on two completely different machines (desktop and laptop of different manufacturers).

Up until some time ago (I believe, before Creator's Update, but not 100% certain about that), I used to have Windows Spotlight activated, so that almost every day or every other day, on lock screen, I get one of those lovely photos from Microsoft world archive. However, I not only used to get them on the Lock Screen, they were appearing on the Sign-In screen as well on the first boot-up and Sign-in, as I thought they should, as Windows Spotlight works that way (right?). And I really liked it.

But as of one update, that stopped happenning. Windows Spotlight still works fine on Lock Screen, new photos just fine, but on the sign-in screen, I keep getting the Windows 10 default backgroud photo, the beach/cave one.

Needless to say, I changed nothing in the Sign-In or Lock screen settings at all.

Any ideas on how to fix this? I've already tried the "Brinx fix". Also, needless to say, I've tried resetting the Windows Spotlight back to Photo, and reboot and back countless times.
Cheers

Answer:Windows Spotlight Lock screen photo not coming up on Sign-in screen

Same here & has been happening since a CU in June, I've put it down to MS possibly breaking Spotlight with that CU or they've removed the feature.

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Windows 10 v1607 displays the lock screen image on the sign-in screen too, which is pretty cool in my opinion.
But if you wish to display a plain login screen, Open Start Menu, click on Settings.
Open Personalization settings and select Lock screen from the left panel.
Here you will see Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen.
Toggle the button to the Off position.

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Hello, Windows 10 Pro, fully fully updated. The following happens on two completely different machines (desktop and laptop of different manufacturers).

Up until some time ago (I believe, before Creator's Update, but not 100% certain about that), I used to have Windows Spotlight activated, so that almost every day or every other day, on lock screen, I get one of those lovely photos from Microsoft world archive. However, I not only used to get them on the Lock Screen, they were appearing on the Sign-In screen as well on the first boot-up and Sign-in, as I thought they should, as Windows Spotlight works that way (right?). And I really liked it.

But as of one update, that stopped happenning. Windows Spotlight still works fine on Lock Screen, new photos just fine, but on the sign-in screen, I keep getting the Windows 10 default backgroud photo, the beach/cave one.

Needless to say, I changed nothing in the Sign-In or Lock screen settings at all.

Any ideas on how to fix this? I've already tried the "Brinx fix". Also, needless to say, I've tried resetting the Windows Spotlight back to Photo, and reboot and back countless times.
Cheers

Answer:Windows Spotlight Lock screen photo not coming up on Sign-in screen

Same here & has been happening since a CU in June, I've put it down to MS possibly breaking Spotlight with that CU or they've removed the feature.

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Hi was wondering if others experience this. Trying to figure out the cause and if there is a fix.

When I turn on or restart my computer after the teal windows logo with the spinning wheel the screen will flash off quickly then come back on black and then 10 seconds later show the lock screen.

It's kind of annoying to have this delay happening and wondering if it's normal or something that can be fixed.

Answer:Black Screen after teal windows before lock screen

Hi BFG,

That sounds normal to me. The only variation might be "how long" you pause on the black screen (while your boot is being processed). Now, for some, that black screen might flash for only a few seconds but for others, it could last quite some time. My advice is to do nothing and live with it.

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C:\Windows\system32\oobe\info\backgrounds
But this method did not work. What should I do? I don't need any third party paid software. I require a free method.

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Our just updated Ease Of Access Replacer by Lee, lets you replace the Ease of Access button with some useful tools.
You can use it to take out Logon Screen Screenshots and Lock Screen Screenshot.
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id like to know if I can create a lock screen when my computer boots up to completely lock it from a very advanced user? Or any other ideas would be great. I'd like to know when im not home my computer is completely locked from my very spying boyfriend! I live alone, but sometimes he's here while im working. Im using windows 7 home premium. Thanks ahead of time for any ideas
 

Answer:would know if ican setup a lock screen wheny computer boots up to completly lock it .

Re: would know if ican setup a lock screen wheny computer boots up to completly lock

Don't log in :-D

Use a very difficult password. We have plenty of password generators on majorgeeks.
Enable the system admin account and password protect it.
Those two are probably enough. How advanced is he?
 

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I tried unplugging all non essential USB connectors but it has not helped. I tried disabling all non essential applications from the Task manager. No noticeable improvement. Where can I start tracking what might be causing Windows to take forever to boot?

Thanks!

Answer:Windows is taking very long to boot to login screen

Have you tried turning off Fast Startup and giving it a few shutdowns?

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Answer:Problem with Windows 10 start screen taking over the desktop

I found the answer by chance, I had to go to settings->system-> tablet mode

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