Abnormally Slow Project Load Times

Hi everyone, recently I’ve been experiencing some very slow project load times in Cubase (v11.0.41 / Win 10), up to 25 minutes. The projects are big so around 150+ tracks, lots of plug-ins and instances of Kontakt. Cubase is using around 40GB of RAM. I’m not sure what could be causing this as I guess it could be an issue with another piece of software. I have noticed in task manager that as Cubase loads the project it shows as ‘not responding’ several times. It also doesn’t seem to use much of my CPU and the disk activity is almost non existent.

I’ve already been doing the following things to ensure decent load times: All files are running from SSD’s.

Batch resaved all kontakt patches to latest version
Added my sample drive to the exceptions list in Win Defender
Software is kept up to date

Not really sure why my load times are now so bad though?

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Turns out it was an issue with my Slate plugins, I think VMR in particular. It was solved by updating the iLok manager app and resyncing my iLok. Projects now back to loading in about a minute.