On a new Dell laptop running Windows 7 (i7, 8GB ram), it takes about 3-5
minutes for QGIS to start, which is a hassle. It hangs at “Starting up the
GUI” and if I click on the splash screen, it crashes, but if I let it sit
it eventually starts without any error. I have had this problem since
installing QGIS 2.14 using the OSGeo4W 64-bit installer. I have since
completely removed that installation, deleted the .qgis folder, and deleted
all registry entries. I then reinstalled using the standalone installer and
still no luck. I currently have QGIS versions 2.14, 2.16, and 2.18
installed and experience the same problem with each.

Other steps I've taken were to disable plugins and remove plugins, but no
change on startup.

I have the same versions running on another Windows 7 machine and a Linux
VM with no problems.

The only error I see in the logs is the following:

2016-11-21T13:37:48 1 Failed to load
C:/PROGRA~1/QGIS2~1.14/apps/qgis-ltr/plugins/globeplugin.dll (Reason:
Cannot load library
C:/PROGRA~1/QGIS2~1.14/apps/qgis-ltr/plugins/globeplugin.dll: The specified
procedure could not be found.)

Does anyone know what could be causing QGIS to boot up so slowly?

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