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Very slow boot up!

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!

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  • gshep54 Nov 30, 2008

    How might I determine which of the many processes that are shown on my Device Manager are even needed and could be eliminated without creating another issue with Windows, etc.? Can I find out with what program each one was originally installed in some way?

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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.

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    I'm not talking about the device manager exactly though you should see if you have any conflicts with anything there. The NT OS uses a processes system to manage what things need to be running to provide you with the services you require to do your tasking in Windows. This list is located in the Task Manager area and can be accessed by right clicking on the task bar at the bottom of the screen. Then select "Task Manager" and click on the "processes" tab. The applications tab shows what programs are currently running on your OS. Like Outlook,IE, Word,Access,etc...The fewer applications, the faster the machine. The same holds true for the "Processes" list. It should say what is "running" and which is not. Turning off any unused or unneccessary porcesses will increase your PC speed. the utilities I mentioned on the PC World are also available at www.downloads.com also. There at least a couple that address the processes list and explain the meaning of all the little things running all the time on your PC. Or just Google the request for the software and Google will give you tons of sites to obtain this valuable software.

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    Frank Doll Dec 01, 2008

    Try not to confuse Device Manager and Task Manager. They are 2 different things altogether. Device manager checks to see if there is a problem with a device ie; mouse,keyboard sound card etc... and if there is conflict with each one and that their appropriate drivers are working together.

    Task Manager lists what resident processes are installed and if the're running or not. An example is the program that searches for wireless networks in the area. If this is running but you don't use a wireless connection, you can turn off this process. The software I have mentioned can assist you in determineing this and help you decide to turn it off and open up memory. Thus increasing speed.

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You may want to make sure that you dont have 2 applications of Norton running. Two antivirus programs will tremendously slow down your system

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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

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Hello,
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
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