My computer takes forever to start up!

Microsoft Windows vista home premium - 3...
June 10, 2010 at 10:44:36
Specs: Windows Vista
Ok well first of all this just started today. Yesterday everythgin way fine. I'm not sure how to explain the probelm to you because I'm not sure what it is but let me try.

Usualyl when i turn on my computer it takes about just over a minute for it to get to the login screen. Today I turned it on when to get a drink came back expecting it to be at the login screen but it wasnt, it was still at the start up screen sayign intializing something. I thought it had frozen so i restarted it.

After I restarted it it did the same thing! so i left it and went on my laptop and then saw that no my computer WOULD start up just at a VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY slow rate. I'm talking it takes over an hour and a half to get to the loging screen (still hasn't got to it)

I honestly have no idea whats happenign, i tried a system restore and even a system repair from my vista cd and i got nothign. Please i REALLY need help its exam time and all my stuffs on my computer.

EDIT: I went out to a computer shop and talked to a technician and they told me that its possible that my hard drive is dyign and causing the problems i was wondering the liklyness of this... Any help would be appreciated

EDIT: I finally logged on and my actual computer is as fast as normal its jsut the logg in and im scared to restart to see if its changed jsut in case it hasnt... Any Suggestions?

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June 10, 2010 at 11:21:54
The computer was running a scan disk because it was not shut down properly so it was checking the hard drive to make sure it was healthy.

So the problem should not happen but very rarely unless you have a hard drive that is failing then you may want to get it replaced.

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June 10, 2010 at 11:31:30
It may not be your hard drive, but even if there is only a small possibility that it is, and it is surely more than that, you should take some precautions. That means making a backup of any important data on the disk. It may be very difficulty or impossible to do this later. You can copy your data to an external USB drive if you have nothing else.

Then check the drive in Windows explorer. Do not do a defrag at this time. If it shows any errors obtain the diagnostic software from the HD manufacturer and test it with that.

If the drive is OK you can consider other possibilities. If you try other things first and it is the drive you may lose all possibility of saving your data.

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June 10, 2010 at 11:34:23
'The computer was running a scan disk because it was not shut down properly so it was checking the hard drive to make sure it was healthy.'

In that case it would have shown you the scan.

Zameer M,
Tell us how you did the system restore and the system repair. Was it like this:

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June 10, 2010 at 11:50:39
Yes that is how i did start up repair. And ace_omega it was not a scan disk because it shows me that if it was. It was just loading very slowly.

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