Question about Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop
My desktop has become unbearably slow upon boot up and I have tried to eliminate every application or file that I don't need to aid in solving this problem with no appreciable gain. My central question, however, concerns whether my most recent Norton Anti-Virus annual download might be the culprit in this issue? It seemed to me that immediately after I purchased this annual service to be downloaded onto my desktop this problem emerged. I have written to Norton to ask about this matter and they have not given me a response - which in and of itself makes their business suspect to me.
At any rate, it typically takes 7-10 minutes to boot up and that is just unacceptable!
As a sidebar I would add that this machine operates with a Pentium 4 processor. Also, when I look at the Device Manager it reports that I typically have 47 or 48 processes running at once and I cannot determine how many of those I really need to keep because that would seem to be one possible area contributing to this issue. Hey, but what do I know about it?
Anyway, thanks for your help!
Something else to try,
Do a complete disk defrag, several times if you must. And run a registry cleanup program readily found on Magazine forums such as PC World who have several listed in their downloads section. You will also find a processes info program there that explains what each process you are running is so you know what is currently running on your PC. Be careful though, many proccesses are needed by Windows!! You may still find some Norton junk floating around in the registry. Run an antispy and malware program to eliminate a chance of a Trogan. This list is of course used to support the suggestions of the others that have posted recommendations.
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
You may want to make sure that you dont have 2 applications of Norton running. Two antivirus programs will tremendously slow down your system
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
Another common reason for this is dust behind th heatsink fan that tends to clog up fast..if u do undertake this make sure b4 u go inside th tower to ground ur static electricity by touchin a radiator or summing metal.. remove th 4 screws attaching th fan to th heatsink.. no need to remove th heatsink itself (th square metal block with slots covering th processor) jus dislodge all th dust after uv removed th fan then with a small hoover or hoover attachments get rid of it all..careful not to touch components.. good luck chuck.!! xx
Posted on Nov 29, 2008
firstly you boot the pc in safe mode by press f8 at booting time. then you remove norton antivirus from it and then go to command prompt and type msconfig and remove all the item from startup. then boot it.
i think it will solve your problem
Posted on Nov 29, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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Here's a few tips you can try to fix your slow startup problem. First of all you want to disable any programs that are in the startup menu that you do not absolutely need. There is no sense in waiting for programs to load that you don't use on a regular basis. Or if you are not sure which one is slowing your startup. You can disable them one at a time.
If that did not help, you can disable your Windows sidebar. You'll also want to remove any icons from your desktop that you do not absolutely need. The same goes for your task bar and quick start menu. All of these will slow down your boot time.
Check to make sure your anti virus program is not scanning at startup. Some programs are set to scan. When windows boots, by default. You will also want to do a full anti virus scan to make sure you don't have a worm or any other type of virus that is working in the background slowing your operations down.
The biggest reason for a slow boot time is a corrupt or damaged Registry. The registry will become corrupted from installing and uninstalling programs. Perhaps you have loaded programs onto your new Vista computer and were not compatible and then uninstall them. They leave behind files, which Windows tries to reference on startup. Since they are no longer on your computer. Your system goes through a long search trying to find them. You need to clean and optimize your Windows registry to eliminate any bad or orphaned files.
You can do this manually if you are an experienced computer technician. It is not recommended for most users. Windows does not have a built-in tool for repairing, cleaning, or optimizing your registry. You will need to download and run a third-party registry repair program to do this.
A good piece of software that will do this for you with a click of the mouse is a wise investment for any computer. You will have it for years to come, and can schedule it to do weekly maintenance. This will keep your PC fully optimize and running fast. It's like giving your computer a tuneup.
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