Ableton Live 9 Suite x64 takes 30 to 60 seconds to get to the splash screen. Any ideas?

I may have the solution to this dilemma but will give more detail first.

I installed Live 9.0.1 several days ago into C:/Program Files instead of the default C:/ProgramData. The folder ProgramData was used instead of AppData as the previous beta versions needed complete administrator access and the folder ProgramData allotted for that. When I start Ableton it would take anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds to simply arrive at the splash screen.

Now, my potential solution... I uninstalled then reinstalled Live 9.0.1 x64 to the default folder ProgramData and all seems to be working just fine. Live starts as it should in a short period of time. I suspect I have solved my own issue.

The reason for my post was to assist with any other Live users that may have run into this problem as I have not found any others that have asked this question.

Hope this helps someone out there if they are having the same issue.


ampt808 5 years ago | 2 comments

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    Thanks for the post.

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • The Philosopher King
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    I wonder. I just installed Live 9 Suite x 32 into ProgramData and arrived here after a google search looking for a solution to the slow startup time. This reminds me of one of the older versions of Live before they fixed the slow startup problem.

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • wbmccarty
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    I'm seeing slow start and, pretty consistently, extremely slow saving and searching, running the x32 version of Live on a Windows 7 x64 system (in order to preserve operation of old VSTs without resorting to a bridge--perhaps this is the decision I need to reconsider!), installed to non-standard directories. In my case the C: drive is an SSD and I can't afford to spend SSD space on Live's large files. So I can't easily determine whether moving directories resolves my problems and therefore that my symptoms are definitely due to those of the OP, though I strongly suspect that's the case.

    The point of my posting is to make clear that some of us don't have the flexibility to use the standard directories so it's important that the application work properly even when installed to custom directories. That is, after all, the whole point of prompting for non-standard directories during the installation process. 

    Thanks to the OP and other commenters for the helpful bread crumbs.

    3 years ago | 0 comments
  • [daw] Ableton staff
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    Hi all, 

    please check whether the steps mentioned in our "slow start" article can be of help here:

    Hope this helps, 


    3 years ago | 0 comments

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