Computer takes 1 to 2 hours to boot occasionally

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I have a 2 year old desktop computer. Nothing fancy, i3, Win10 Home, 4GB memory, 1TB HDD. It has started to take 1 to 2 hours to boot up. Sometimes it boots up no problem. Other times it takes hours. I'm not sure where to start looking and am not even sure this is a hardware problem or software problem. I may try to reformat the drive and re-install Windows, but wanted a second opinion.
BTW, it doesn't have a lot of software loaded on it, just Office 2010 that is used for writing in Word and some spreadsheets and some internet surfing.
 

Starfalcon

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Id check out the hard drive first, might be in the process of failing. Random long load times are never a good sign, as that always happened on drives that I had fail.
 

dvsman

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And windows also likes to do updates at boot up time. If you haven't updated in a while, it could be auto updating at boot up and I've seen computers go dark for what seems forever - even though you know the computer is on.

At 4gb you really need to add more ram, at the very least. You will notice a BIG difference. Throw in an SSD and it will be like an entirely new computer. Even if you live in MS Word / Excel.
 

robijito123

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Windows update on mechanical can take forever, but definitely do a check disk on it, and clean temp files.
 
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Disable fastboot in bios. My system was taking 5-20 min to start when its normally 15 seconds and that was the culprit. Started with a MS update.
 

Dirtytape

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Take a look at Event Viewer and see if there are read/write errors in the system log.

Run a chkdsk to check the HDD

Run memtest86 to check RAM

Could be a CPU that is starting to fail but not causing BSODs.

Could be a dying CMOS battery causing the mobo to behave erratically.
 
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