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[SOLVED] Boot Delay

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Hi all. I am having a pretty long delay when booting up my Dell Inspiron 9400. Had the problem once before and checkdisk/f took care of it. Not this time.

I ran BootVis and the last program to load before the delay is AAWSERVICE.EXE. According to my search this file belongs to Ad Aware from LavaSoft. I no longer run this program and it was removed with the uninstall program.

I looked in the Windows Services area and the file is not listed. I looked into Add/Remove programs and it is not there. There is a directory for it but it is empty (2007 version)

I believe the delay is cause because the computer is expecting this file and it doesn't exist. It finally gives up and continues on with the boot process. How do I make the process of looking for this file stop so it no longer looks for it, especially since I no longer use the program.

Here is the BootVis Graph.

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It's not there Rich. I wonder if I reinstall Ad Aware and then uninstall it if it would resolve itself. Hmm.
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Gonna give it a shot.
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It's not there. And there is a reason. For some reason it was calling up an older log from 2009. Don't know why.

The new log shows that the delay is from the file WMIPRVSE.EXE. It tries a second time to load the file and gets the same delay. Two for one !! ugh.

So, lets try this again please.

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Pretty sure its not a virus

I've played with the registry on occasion, I'm comfortable with it.

It isn't being called up in the Startup file in MSCONFIG
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It is not there Rich. I used the find command for the file and found it in several places.

Whats there is

Default REG_SZ (Value not set)
AOL Fast Start REG_SZ "C:\Program Files\AOL 9.5\AOL.exe"-b
Spybot Teatimer REG_SZ C:\Program Files\Spybot - Search & Destroy\TeaTimer.exe
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No, none in the run folder

I listed what was in the run folder, look to the previous post
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They were found here



HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru\5603



HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4\KB956572\Filelist\10

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4\KB956572\Filelist\17

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4\KB956572\Filelist\44

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4\KB956572\Filelist\58

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4\KB956572\Filelist\69

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows XP\SP4\KB956572\Filelist\76

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-3125131364-1224134651-1561922408-1007\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru\5603
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Sorry for the delay Rich. I've been playing around with the computer. I went into the startup and disabled everything. Of course after boot zone alarm re-enabled itself. Still a delay

Then I disabled from the services list

Windows Management Instrumentation

Windows Management Instrumentation Driver Extensions

WMI Performance Adaptor

After deactivating these three the program doesn't show up on bootvis. The delay still remains for the same amount of time. The last program loaded before the delay now is


I don't know how to deactivate that one though.
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OK, I found the issue. Now I hope you can tell me why this is happening or what I can/need to do to resolve the issue.

I used the MSCONFIG SERVICES. I deactivated all the services, a few couldn't because they are essential. I added 10 services and booted. I finally hit the problem and went back 9 services and then added 1 at each boot until the problem occurred.

It was this:

Shell Hardware Detection

that caused the long delay. I reactivated everything else and rebooted and it booted normal and fast with no delay.

Soooooooo... What is this process that I have deactivated and what does it do and do I need to have it activated?

Thanks for your time Rich, you may not have solved it but you sent me in the right direction and on the right path.:thumb::thumb:
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Well, so far it does. Of course when I install my camera memory card it no longer brings up the program that lets me download off of it, but I never used it anyway. It also doesn't name the memory card what it use to, now it is just Drive E:\, again, not a big deal.

Do you know what file is associated with that service? Maybe it got corrupted when I did a clone of my disk. My other disk didn't have this problem.
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OK, it's fixed. I didn't do it though. I was looking for the specific issue by searching "windows shell hardware detection slow boot time" and I came across a utility from MS

Download: Autoplay Repair Wizard - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details

That is called AutoFix that is suppose to try to repair the auto detect function. Well I downloaded and ran the utility but it stopped me saying I needed to have the shell hardware detection enabled. So I enabled it and rebooted and it booted normally.

The only thing that was a bit different with the boot is a I had a camera memory card in the slot. Sometimes I shut the computer down (hibernate) with the mem card in and then I take the card out while the computer is off. So maybe somehow by booting with the card in there it fixed the issue. Highly unlikely because this was a problem immediately after I cloned the hard drive. Either way, I have rebooted several times with the service enabled and it boots correctly/quickly. So I don't know how it got solved, but it is.
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Wish I knew what happened to make it all better.

I hate when you take something apart and put it back together and it works, and you really did nothing other than that.
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