This article applies only to Lenovo Thinkpad systems with Windows 7.

A number of Lenovo/Windows 7 users have recently reported extremely long boot times along with other delays in Windows Explorer.    This appears to be a recent phenomenon likely caused by a driver conflict in the IBM Access Connections software and a recent update to either Windows and/or Skype.  ThinkVantage Access Connections is a built-in utility to help manage wireless and wired connections.  It is not needed since the Windows 7 connections management software does the same thing in a much simpler manner.

In 3 of 3 reported cases, disabling or removing the IBM Access Connections program fixed the problem and boot times returned to normal.

If you are experiencing this problem, follow the instructions below to disable or remove the software.  You might want to disable the software before removing it entirely so you can confirm that the Access Connections software is the problem.

To Disable the ThinkVantage Access Connections program:

  1. The program must be disabled in the system startup.  To do this, go to the Start button and type in msconfig.
  2. You will see a tabbed dialogue box.  Click on the Startup Tab and find the IBM Access Connections program.
    msconfig
  3. Uncheck the checkbox to the left of the program.  Click Apply and then OK to save your changes.
  4. Restart your computer.  On startup you will receive a small dialogue box warning that startup parameters have changed. You can dismiss permanently by checking the “Do not remind me again” box at the bottom the window.

To completely remove the program from your computer:

Once you have determined that the Access Connections program is responsible for the long boot time, you can remove it permanently from your system as follows:

  1. Click the Start button and type in  Add or Remove Programs
  2. Find the IBM Access Connections program in the programs list.
  3. Right-click on it and select “Uninstall/Change”.
  4. Instruct the uninstaller to completely remove the program from your system including all user profiles and other associated data.

Once the program is disabled or uninstalled, Windows 7 will take over the wireless management completely.