Entire computer temporarily hangs during Lightroom startup

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When I start Lightroom 3.6, my entire computer locks up for about 30 seconds. The hard disc light continuously lights - that's all.

I tried starting Task Manager before starting Lightroom to view the CPU usage - but the display just freezes, so Task Manager completely misses the time during which Lightroom is starting up.

The Event Log doesn't show anything special (or I don't know what to look for).

Even pressing the Capslock key has no effect - the indicator on the keyboard won't light up until Lightroom has finally started (that is, after 20 to 30 seconds).

After this initial delay, all is well.

What could be causing this nuisance?

For details, see http://forums.adobe.com/message/4170924 .

(Vista Ultimate 64bit completely updated, 6GB, no virus checker except Microsoft Security Essentials and Spybot S&D, LR cache 25 GB, 300 GB free disc space, LR catalogue optimised, almost 5000 pictures in LR database)
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Sounds like failing hardware. Make sure your memory is actually good, and that the boot drive is not failing.

Remember the "bathtub curve"; hardware fails most often at the very beginning of its deployment and at some point in the future nearer its EMTBF.
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I checked hard disc and memory. Both seem okay.

Please refer to the link I provided for all tests I already did.

- If I start Lightroom before doing anything else, all is well. Startup time: just a few seconds.
- If I first do other things, then close all other programs, then start Lightroom, the startup time is extremely long.
- If I close Lightroom, then start it again sometime later, startup is fast (a few seconds), regardless of whether the first startup was fast or extremely slow. Even if I close Lightroom, then do lots of other things for several hours, then start Lightroom again, startup is fast.