Hello, I've Googled this problem extensively but I can't seem to find anyone else who is experiencing the exact problem that I am experiencing. I built a very high-spec gaming PC last August and installed Windows 8. I upgraded to 8.1 later and did not experience any problems until I needed to reinstall Windows 8.1 in February in order for USB devices to function properly (restoring or refreshing Windows 8.1 wasn't an option because that function is currently broken (sort it out Microsoft!!)) Since then, a unique problem seems to have developed. My CPU is an Intel-4770k, so when I first boot up the PC from shut down, or when I press the hard restart button on my computer case, the computer boots up very quickly and with no problems. However, when I click 'Restart' from Windows, the interface shuts down, and my PC remains active, but nothing else happens for a good 2 or 3 minutes. After that time, I see two red LEDs on my motherboard flash (I guess that is the PC posting) and the computer starts up. I am clueless as to why the Restart function has such a massive delay. I followed the steps on one thread which told me to go into msconfig and disable all start-up applications and to do the same in task manager, but after doing so and restarting my PC, the problem persisted. (The thread where I found that advice is here: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/restarting-my-computer-takes-too-long-happen-after/8eafb629-f157-4d53-8187-f499c6e30cfa ) I would appreciate any advice anyone can give me on this, and if I haven't clarified or explained something properly, please ask me to elaborate! Thanks in advance.