Thank you for your post.
If the splash screen displays "Loading AutoUpdate", then FileMaker is looking across the network to our server to see if an update is available. This should happen quickly unless there is a network issue. If you turned off notifications, then something else is occurring on the network.
For testing purposes, try disabling/uninstalling the NAS. Reboot the machine to reset memory and try again. Does this help? If not, revisit the FileMaker General Preferences, and make sure "Notify me when an update is available" and "Notify me when a new version is available" are both unchecked.
Try disconnecting your machine from the network and launch FileMaker Pro. Any difference in speed performance?
Another test would be to create a new user account on your machine, log into the new user account and launch FileMaker Pro. If this launches quickly, then there is something in the user account settings that is interfering with FileMaker Pro.
Any other information you can provide may be helpful.
Did what you said. The NAS mapped drives have been disconnected. If I unplug the network connection, then the AutoUpdate passes quickly, goes to Initializing, then finishes loading.
As soon as I plug in the network cable and run FileMaker, it hangs on the AutoUpdate again. Is there a port or anything that the Firewall may be blocking?
I haven't had to make a lot of changes to my firewall since I installed Windows 7, so I don't of anything that may be hindering it, that I have set up.
Thank you for testing this out. It definitely sounds like a network issue. I have contacted our Testers to try and find out exactly what is occurring during the "Auto_Update" phase and what port/ports is/are being accessed. When I receive a reply, I will let you know.