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Hi guys,

I don't usually shut down my computer, often just put it to sleep. So I was quite surprised when I booted it up recently after returning from vacation to find a terribly long boot time (80 seconds with an Intel 530 SSD). Didn't take long to find this strange message in Event Viewer:

Application of user policy caused a slow down in the system start up process:
Name : PreShellInit
Total Time : 85151ms
Degradation Time : 75657ms
Incident Time (UTC) : ‎2014‎-‎09‎-‎02T12:18:01.609200200Z
- <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
- <System>
<Provider Name="Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance" Guid="{CFC18EC0-96B1-4EBA-961B-622CAEE05B0A}" />
<EventID>108</EventID>
<Version>1</Version>
<Level>1</Level>
<Task>4002</Task>
<Opcode>33</Opcode>
<Keywords>0x8000000000010000</Keywords>
<TimeCreated SystemTime="2014-09-02T12:21:14.453853900Z" />
<EventRecordID>11445</EventRecordID>
<Correlation ActivityID="{00000100-0000-0001-6317-A3F0A7C6CF01}" />
<Execution ProcessID="1696" ThreadID="1716" />
<Channel>Microsoft-Windows-Diagnostics-Performance/Operational</Channel>
<Computer>9V-SWS</Computer>
<Security UserID="S-1-5-19" />
</System>
- <EventData>
<Data Name="StartTime">2014-09-02T12:18:01.609200200Z</Data>
<Data Name="NameLength">13</Data>
<Data Name="Name">PreShellInit</Data>
<Data Name="TotalTime">85151</Data>
<Data Name="DegradationTime">75657</Data>
</EventData>
</Event>

Pretty sure this is the culprit, although the log doesn't provide any more useful information (to me). Tried disabling all nonessential startup items for good measure to no joy. This is a local account, and I haven't messed with policies or whatever. The only thing I recall doing about a week ago was disallowing Windows 7 from deleting the thumbnail cache, outlined here: Thumbnail Indexing - Windows 7 Help Forums. I have also undone this but it has not solved the boot problem.

Can someone figure this out please?

Cheerio,

Nicholas
 

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