New Windows 10 update making everything slow

So apparently Windows decided to automatically update itself while I was away from the PC. When I’m trying to log in, it takes ridiculously long (around 30-40 minutes). So I tried restarting, but startup is SUPER slow to the point that I’m stuck waiting for a black screen of death. Why is my PC slow after this recent update? 
 

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Hi Koopuh. I'm Greg, an installation specialist, 10 year Windows MVP, and Volunteer Moderator here to help you.

1) If this was caused by Windows Update(s) then you can check which were installed at Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update under Update History, then uninstall them from the link there, and immediately check for these again and hide with the Hide Updates tool explained here: https://www.howtogeek.com/223864/how-to-uninsta...

You can also use System Restore from within Windows to get back before the problem began, then check for Updates with the Hide Update tool and hide them: https://www.windowscentral.com/how-use-system-r...

2) Update your drivers and BIOS/UEFI firmware from PC or motherboard maker's Support Downloads web page, using the full model number, Serial Number or Dell Service Tag on sticker. Compare the latest drivers available for download with the ones presently installed in Device Manager reached by right clicking the Start Menu. Make sure you have the latest BIOS or UEFI firmware, Chipset, Display (Video), Sound, USB3, Bluetooth, Network and all other drivers, or else download and install the latest now.

Updating drivers from the Device Manager or Windows Update is rarely enough. The most basic thing we need to learn to maintain a PC is keep the latest manufacturer's drivers installed from their Support Downloads web page.

3) Go over this checklist to make sure the install is set up correctly, optimized for best performance, and any needed repairs get done: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

Start with Step 4 to turn off Startup freeloaders which can conflict and cause issues, then Step 7 to check for infection the most thorough way, then step 10 to check for damaged System Files, and also Step 16 to test a new Local Admin account. Then continue with the other steps to go over your install most thoroughly.

4) If nothing else works then do a Repair Install, by installing Media Creation Tool, open tool and choose to Upgrade Now. This reinstalls Windows while keeping files, programs and most settings in place, and is also the most stable method to advance to the latest version. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/m...

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and keep me posted. I will keep working with you until it's resolved.

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I gave you the exact steps to fix this one way or the other. May I ask why you would rate my post unhelpful before you could have possibly tried a single step?
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I can’t do most if not all of these tips if I can’t get out the stupidly long startup menu. (I’m sill waiting for about 40 minutes).
ALSO, even if I finally get out of startup. I’m still waiting on Desktop to finish loading (I disabled all startup apps btw).

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I thought you could get into Windows so I gave you steps to try from there.

If not You may need to create bootable media to access Repair Mode to System Restore, try the new Uninstall Updates button, do a Reset or do the gold standard Clean install. The bootable media has it's own drivers, repair and installation files which often work when Windows or the other Repair Mode doesn't.

To create Windows 10 Installation Media on another PC install Media Creaion Tool and follow the directions here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/m.... Uncheck the box for Recommended Settings to choose the exact version and bit rate for the target PC only.

Insert media, boot it by powering up PC while pressing the BIOS Boot Menu Key: https://www.sysnative.com/forums/hardware-tutor...

If the media won't boot you may need to enter BIOS/UEFI Setup (pressing key given in chart in link above) to turn off Fast Boot or Fast Startup first.

Choose the boot device as a UEFI device if offered, on second screen choose Repair Your Computer, then Advanced Troubleshoot Options, then System Restore, and Uninstall Updates. If that fails go back to Troubleshoot Options to try a Reset.

If that fails choose Install Now, then Custom Install, then at the drive selection screen delete all partitions down to Unallocated Space to get it cleanest, click Next to let it create needed partitions and start install - this makes it foolproof.

Everything needed to get the best possible Clean Install is here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki.... It is a better install than any amount of money can buy and a great learning experience that will make you the master of your PC because you will learn what works best and how to apply it with your own hands.

If you have files that aren't backed up you can use the same bootable media to try to rescue your files using these methods: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and keep me posted. If you will wait to choose if I solved your problem, I will keep working with you until it's resolved.

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Update: I still can’t do these. Now, the problem is that I can’t even get out of the lock menu. The date is backwards, its laggy, and it kicks me out of the login screen for taking long. Sometimes it will even freeze with a background or it just goes black.

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You need to try every possible method to access the Repair Mode before it even gets to the lock screen, as shown here:
https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2294-advanc...

Since the most common way is to shut down the PC three times by holding in the power button, try that first. If it doesn't work then try any other methods in link above you can access.


It may be necessary to create bootable media on another PC to access Advanced Startup Options or do the Clean install. You can always boot media by following the steps I give, and if not I will help you troubleshoot to get it booted one way or the other. Not once in 10 years helping thousands of people do this has anyone not been able to eventually boot media to repair, Reset or Reinstall:

To create Windows 10 Installation Media on another PC install Media Creation Tool and follow the directions here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10/m.... Uncheck the box for Recommended Settings to choose the exact version and bit rate for the target PC only.

Insert media, boot it by powering up PC while pressing the BIOS Boot Menu Key: https://www.sysnative.com/forums/hardware-tutor...

If the media won't boot you may need to enter BIOS/UEFI Setup (pressing key given in chart in link above) to turn off Fast Boot or Fast Startup first.

Choose the boot device as a UEFI device if offered, on second screen choose Repair Your Computer, then Advanced Troubleshoot Options, then System Restore, or the new Uninstall Updates button. If that fails go back to Troubleshoot Options to try a Reset.

If that fails choose Install Now, then Custom Install, then at the drive selection screen delete all partitions down to Unallocated Space to get it cleanest, click Next to let it create needed partitions and start install - this makes it foolproof. Everything needed to get the best possible Clean Install is here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki.... It is a better install than any amount of money can buy and a great learning experience that will make you the master of your PC because you will learn what works best and how to apply it with your own hands.

If you have files that aren't backed up you can use the same bootable media to try to rescue your files using these methods: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

I hope this helps. Feel free to ask back any questions and let us know how it goes. I will keep working with you until it's resolved.
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Everytime I hold power button for three shutdowns, it just lags and does it a fourth time. I also cant hit CTRL+ALT+DELETE because it’ll try to go into the log-in screen and I have to wait over 5 minutes only to just get sent back in the previous lock screen. Also I can’t dual screen. 

I might honestly just get it replaced. It’s been 5 year since I had this AIO PC, HDD is failing, Windows Services are taking up too much disk, and updates are just making it worse. I already had important files backed up when I knew the HDD was acting up. Thanks for trying to help though.

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This is the first you mentioned the hard drive is failing. Your post was about Windows Updates slowing Windows, but if you have a failing HDD then that should have been checked first and replaced which would have solved the problem.

Test the hard drive or SSD with diagnostics:
https://www.lifewire.com/free-hard-drive-testin...
https://mashtips.com/ssd-health-test-and-perfor...

HP and Dell have hardware diagnostics triggered by tapping the ESC or F12 keys respectively as you power on.

Best is to use the HDD/SSD manufacturer's own if there is one, otherwise use Seatools bootable long test: http://blog.nowherelan.com/2013/04/04/boot-seat...

Follow this up with a full Disk Check from the Command Prompt in Repair Mode or from bootable media: https://www.groovypost.com/howto/check-hard-dri... if necessary from the Command Prompt at boot: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2294-advanc...

If the drive is failing, I'd replace it with an SSD which is the best Upgrade one can have - lightning fast, faster than a new higher-end PC without one - especially if you do the gold standard Clean Install in this link which compiles the best possible install which will stay that way as long as you stick with the tools and methods given, has zero reported problems, and is better than any amount of money could buy: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wiki...

Even if the drive isn't failing I'd still do the Clean install above because on most older PC's that particular Clean Install will make it as fast as a new PC which comes loaded with all the bloatware that slows it. I keep older laptops running 10 years faster than brand new ones with much better specs. As with everything in Windows 10, it's all about the install.
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Pardon my language, but what a ROYAL PAIN IN THE *** Microsoft screws up our machines and then we have to fix it. Microsoft should test all these updates before releasing them or I should say forcing them down our throats. My machine loaded super fast and last night it updated and today it just hangs the in the load up screen until it gets good and ready to advance. This is ****, I'm so pissed, the last dang update did the same thing to  me and I haven't yet recovered from that one, meaning I have not full reinstalled all software into my machine only to be hit with another ******* update. Why doesn't Microsoft run these updates for a month or two, before shoving them down our throat?

The last time this ****** happened I ended up having to wipe my machine, and start all over with a clean slate. It looks like I'm going to have to wipe it again, I just ran System Recovery, which it did remove the bulk of the update, but what ever it changed maybe at the SSD level or creating containers, it did not correct it. In other words even after running recovery, it's still taking an awful long time to startup/load.

So even after running Recovery Mode, it does not fix it!!

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sfc scan now, dude!    isn't that the answer for everything on here?  or the other popular one is that it's your fault man.   you are doing everything wrong.    

do what the rest of us have already done.   WIPE YOUR DRIVE AND DUMP WINDOWS 10 AND INSTALL LINUX MINT.

5 months and counting for me and i haven't had one single issue since!   the best part is coming back on this "expert" site and seeing the mounting complaints about what is the worst os of all time.  

just get rid of it dude.    linux mint is a thousand times less hassle.    do it!   your life will be so much happier! 

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