Question Slow startup

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Hi everyone.

I've been reading tons of posts and guides to fix slow startup problems on Windows 10 and haven't been able to success. In the beginning my PC would boot in a few seconds. I remember being able to press both the screen and computer power buttons simultaneously and by the time the screen would turn on (4-5 seconds I guess?) it would be already on the Windows desktop. Was amazing. That was only a year ago, when I bought it.

Then I don't know how or when but started to take over 45 seconds to boot and as time kept passing it got worse and in less than a year ended up taking up to 4 minutes. After trying everything I found out I could do to fix it and not managing to get results, I formatted the main partition and it was again taking just a few seconds. Still not as fast as when I bought it, but maybe 10-15 seconds (which I don't understand anyway as I've recently formatted my partner's computer, which is older and have worse components than mine, and is just like new, taking 4-5 seconds to boot). But after a few days of use is taking again over 40 seconds.

I've tried everything again, like disabling startup programs, disabling fast boot, optimizing the SSD, ran chkdsk and sfc, uninstalling games and programs to have more free space (currently 129 GB out of 200 GB are free on my main partition, where I install programs, and 302 GB out of 753 GB are free on the secondary partition, where I mainly have games installed and some stuff), check for viruses and malware with a couple of different programs and probably more stuff that I can't even remember. And yes, drivers are up to date and same for Windows 10 Pro (2004 19041.329). My system is only one year old as I've already mentioned and is the following:

Motherboard: MSI B450 Gaming Plus
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2600 3.4 Ghz
GPU: Gigabyte Radeon RX 570 Gaming 8G MI 8GB GDDR5
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws V Red DDR4 2400 PC4-19200 16GB 2x8GB CL15
SSD: Intel Consumer SSD 660p 1TB NVMe M.2
PSU: Tacens Mars Gaming Vulcano 750W 80 Plus Silver

The only thing I haven't tried is to format the secondary partition where I keep my games and stuff and is basically because I don't have an external drive to do a backup, and anyway it shouldn't really affect the Windows partition. I mean, I'm not an expert so maybe I'm wrong, but that's the point of having a different partition, isn't it?

Thanks in advance!
 
check the hard drive for errors with its manufacturer´s tool
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/29609/Intel-Solid-State-Drive-Toolbox

to have a look what the problem could be:
run userbenchmark.com and post the http link of your result, e.g. https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/28977730

update the motherboard´s BIOS

Reset the BIOS by jumper clrCMOS or JBAT or similar (eventually you will have to set the bios priority correctly after that)

check windows integrity
open the command prompt as administrator and type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-open-an-elevated-command-prompt-2618088
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update/system-file-check-sfc-scan-and-repair-system-files/bc609315-da1f-4775-812c-695b60477a93

clean boot
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929135/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows

check the memory by running memtest.org usb autoinstaller (bootable USB flash drive)

run the RAM @2133MHz to check if it happens then too
 
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check the hard drive for errors with its manufacturer´s tool
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/29609/Intel-Solid-State-Drive-Toolbox

to have a look what the problem could be:
run userbenchmark.com and post the http link of your result, e.g. https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/28977730

update the motherboard´s BIOS

Reset the BIOS by jumper clrCMOS or JBAT or similar (eventually you will have to set the bios priority correctly after that)

check windows integrity
open the command prompt as administrator and type DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
https://www.lifewire.com/how-to-open-an-elevated-command-prompt-2618088
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-update/system-file-check-sfc-scan-and-repair-system-files/bc609315-da1f-4775-812c-695b60477a93

clean boot
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/929135/how-to-perform-a-clean-boot-in-windows

check the memory by running memtest.org usb autoinstaller (bootable USB flash drive)

run the RAM @2133MHz to check if it happens then too
Did everything except updating motherboard's BIOS as I had issues with it last time I tried and had to reinstall the original one. No errors with the toolbox, the memtest nor the integrity check, and tried a clean boot but still nothing changes. Here's the benchmark:
https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/30632326

Thanks anyway for the quick reply and so many options!
 
set the RAM back to 2400MHz in BIOS (XMP profile o enabled)

Which issues did you have with the newer BIOS?
the latest version "1E" is only 1 month old and not a beta release

the version "1D" says "Improved system boot up time", so the latest version 1E should be the best thing to try
 
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Hello again.

Sorry for this really late answer. I've had a busy summer and kept leaving for the next day the computer maintenance.

After updating the BIOS to the latest version and getting no improvement, I ended up formatting the whole SSD and starting over. I installed everything and it was working fine and starting really fast, but for some reason, after a week, it's again taking a long time to start Windows...

I have installed now Process Monitor to see what's going on and I've found out SearchIndexer.exe was taking around 30 seconds on my second partition, so I disabled it. Now, after no success with the boot time, Process Monitor won't show anymore SearchIndexer, but suddenly explorer.exe has a duration of over 429 seconds, which makes no sense and it wasn't even like that before when I checked which processes were taking more than a second to initialise and found out about SearchIndexer.

Thanks and sorry again for the delay.
 
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