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Long time starting

When my computer boots up I sometimes get just a cursor but the main problem upon starting is when the computer gets to the theme and stays that way for a few minutes till the icons appears and finally starts the internet session.

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This happens with older machines you are experiencing 2 problems. Problem one you need more ram. the reason you need more ram is that you have too many programs and services starting at once.  I assume you are running windows xp. These dells shipped whith just enough memory to run the os and a few select programs. We are end users installing our own stuff like itunes, games, new printers, IM and others. 
Restart the computer.  let it boot up. click start>mycomputer>right click on my computer Click on the properties menu now click the advanced tab Click >Performance settings Now click best performance. click apply ok restart your computer is it faster? even marginally.. if so it is a ram issue. How many icons load up to the left of the clock more than 5 is an issue. that cna be addressed with msconfig..
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It sounds like you have too many things running at start up or there is a virus on your machine.

I would suggest a virus scan and downloading and installing a copy of SpyBot. If you don't have a virus scanner, you can install Avast! for free and run it.

If you already have one, update the software FIRST, then run the scan.


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