So today I decided I wanted to re-format my hdd to clean up my system and speed it up a tad. The reformat itself went fine but now when I boot just before windows starts loading a grey progress bar appears and it takes nearly 15 minutes before windows starts to load. It seems to be ongoing and not getting any faster. Any idea what has happened?
I can not for the life of me find a setting for this. I know next to nothing about bios settings so feel free to be more specific if it is needed.
If you are using a SATA drive, you need to look for the setting in your BIOS to switch it
It sounds like either a malware infection stuck around through a restore and was able to embed a bit better in the system(possible if it was recovered from the drive), or you're missing a controller/similar for the drive. Go in to your BIOS and see if there are any options relating to legacy, SATA, ide/ATA or if you see anything about AHCI. If so, let us know.
Have you tried booting the computer to safe mode?
Oh also installing the new hdd has gotten rid of the ultra boot time but not the bsod.
The best thing you can do to help us help you is give us your BIOS version, that way one of us can dig up a manual on it and give you the steps to change it from AHCI to IDE/legacy.
Thanks for the help everyone. Go ahead and lock this mods.