Troubleshoot Guide: Delayed Internet access at Startup in Windows 7, Vista, and 8

delayed internet connectionNormally, Windows connects to internet immediately after startup, but in some cases the internet connection can get delayed, sometimes as prolonged as 2 minutes! It may become a frustrating ordeal every time you restart Windows. This problem is caused due to indulgence of third party software. Unfortunately, there is no simple single fix for this problem. The best way to fix it, is to troubleshoot and fish out the culprit program that you have installed on your PC. Let’s start troubleshooting.

Clean Boot Windows

Clean boot environment is used to troubleshoot conflicting programs and eliminate errors. In this mode, Windows starts up by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs that are needed for your PC to run. All the startup entries that are added by the third party programs won’t automatically start, except for important security programs like antivirus and firewall software. So this helps eliminate software conflicts that occur when you install a program or an update. You have to login into Windows with Administrator rights to clean boot Windows.

On Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

1. Bring up the charms by either swiping in from the right edge of the screen, or by pointing the mouse to lower-right corner of the screen, and then click on “Search”.

2. In the Search box, type msconfig.exe and press enter to see the System Configuration dialog box.

On Windows 7 and Windows Vista

1. Windows 7 and Vista users need to first hit on Start button, type in msconfig.exe in the search box, and then press enter.

2. You will see the System Configuration dialog box.

3. Click on the Services tab of the System Configuration dialog box.

4. Click the check box Hide all Microsoft services, and then click Disable all.

Services - Disable all Non-Microsoft Services

Services – Disable all Non-Microsoft Services

5. Disable all Startup items:

Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 users: Click on Startup tab, and then click on Open Taskmanager link.

Startup Tab in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

Startup Tab in Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

In the Task Manager dialog box, select each process, and then click on Disable button.

Task Manager - Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

Task Manager – Windows 8.1 and Windows 8

Windows 7 and Windows Vista users: 

Go to Startup tab, and then click on Disable all button.

Disable All Startup Items in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Disable All Startup Items in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

6. In the General tab, select Diagnostic startup, and then click OK.

Diagnostic startup

Diagnostic startup

7. Windows will ask you whether to restart Windows



Windows will now reboot with only basic drivers and default Windows services. Did the delayed internet connection speed get fixed? If yes, then the problem was caused by some other program that was auto starting with Windows. You should now fish out that application. To do that you will have to reboot into normal mode with one by one third party program startup enabled.

8. As usual go to System Configuration, and then select Normal startup from the  General tab.

Normal Startup

Normal Startup

9. In the Services  tab, check the box Hide all Microsoft services, and then check the service that looks suspicious. For example, on my test PC, I will enable YouTube Downloader Services (P2) service for now.



10. In the Startup tab, disable all options initially. You will have to check the programs one by one when after you finish testing programs from Services tab.

Disable All Startup Items in Windows 7 and Windows Vista

Disable All Startup Items

11. Click OK, and then restart Windows as prompted. Windows will now boot with all Microsoft services, and the one third party service which you enabled. Did you still experience the delayed internet startup, or it was gone?

Repeat the Step 9 by enabling one option at a time, and see which program is causing the delayed internet connection at startup. Most of the times it is the non-Microsoft service that causes conflicts and slows up process, it can be printer services or the security suite that you have installed. If you are sure that you tested all the programs, but still face the problem, then there two other couple of reasons:

1. Windows registry could contains a lot of invalid entries that is slowing down the startup, so try cleaning the registry with a Registry Cleaner.

2. The other reason could be malware infection. You need to use a high rated Antivirus and Antispyware software, and scan your entire computer.

Do share your feedback with our readers on what you did, and how the problem got fixed.

Kiran Kumar

Hi there! Kiran Kumar is an Engineer by profession, and loves blogging primarily on Microsoft Windows operating system and also enjoys reviewing software and products. Currently, he is exploring Windows 10 and you will see a lot of articles on know-how about it. When he is not writing for TWP, he enjoys time with his Family, listens to lot of music, enjoys Biking, and occasionally plays racing games on Xbox One.

  • charged99

    I appreciate it but it’s very confusing because you say go to windows 8 or 8.1 then you give instructions for windows 7. you should do windows 8 show the steps then windows 7 or vice versa not hopping around.