1 minute delay between windows xp splash screen and log on screen
I experiencing a problem when starting up my computer. There is quite a delay between the splash screen and the log on screen. During that time the screen is just blank. The system is quite good. XP athlon 1500+, 2GB ram and works fast after I go through the log on. Please help
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This sounds like a failed update. Restart the computer and hit either F2 or F8 or possibly Tab or Delete once the splash screen comes up. This should give you a windows startup option for safe mode. Click Safe Mode with Networking and let the computer startup. This will bypass all current startup items and possible problematic services. Login and start up Task Manager. View startup items and look to see if anything is starting up that says "Windows Update" or if anything else stands out that shouldn't be there. Names that are random garbled letters, etc. Disable these for normal startup. Now click on control panel under start menu and go to windows update and see if any updates failed to install. If they did, disable install automatically in windows update.
After this go to "run" and type in msconfig. Click normal startup, hit apply, when the message that says "restart computer" pops up click yes and let it restart the computer normally.
Automate the above task using this utility This tiny utility provides you the option to choose a color from the Color Picker dialog and can reset the logon Wallpaper if you want. Choose your preferred Color and click Apply Background color. Remove Logon Screen wallpaper option clears the logon
How to disable the Windows XP Splash Screen / logo at startup ?
To disable the Windows XP splash screen (logo) at startup, and to see the list of drivers loading at startup, follow these steps:
Click Start, Run and type MSCONFIG
Click the Boot.ini tab
Under Operating Systems section, select the appropriate entry and then enable the /SOS switch in the Boot Options section below
Click OK and close MSCONFIG utility.
The corresponding entry in the Boot.ini file is automatically added. Example given below:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINDOWS="XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINDOWS="XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /sos
The /sos parameter displays the names of the drivers as they load during the boot process. Use when startup fails (while loading drivers) to determine which driver is failing to load. See Boot Parameter Reference for more information.
Also see /noguiboot parameter, which can also disable the splash screen.
1) Go to Control Panel on the start menu.
2) Double click on User Accounts.
3) Then under the Pick a Task heading select Change the way users log on or off.
4) Tick the box next to Use the Welcome screen.
5) Then click apply. Password or not when your computer starts up it will take you to the welcome screen where the user can select which account they want to log into.
if you are talking about teh time that it takes to open from the boot to the desktop ...this is caused mainly by the ram memory and the CPU ..so even if you have a great cpu and a large frequency on it ..if you have little ram memory on it it will take a long time to boot ...anyway sometimes after the system is overloaded with updates and all kinda programs that starts with windows...this willl also cause a long time to boot... so ..if you know that it used to start faster ...just reinstall it clean and will start again like it used to ..or ..another thing ...if you are running windows Xp and you updated on xp sp3 this is another cause for delaying the log in ... if you are talking about logging in on the web ...or any other program connected to the internet this is only depending on the internet connection ...and the bugs that you have on i t.. If you know it used to run faster on the internet ..also a reinstall will fix it ..
You can reset any user password by logging in using the Administrator account through Safe Mode. In Windows XP Home you cannot log into the Administrator account in normal mode.
When your computer is starting up, hold down the F8 key. This will bring you to a black screen with white text. Use the arrow keys to highlight "Safe Mode" and then hit enter. This will boot the computer into Safe Mode, which will look normal except the resolution will be very low. Log in as the Administrator (should have a blank password). Once logged in, open the Control Panel, then User accounts, then reset the password or whatever user you want. Reboot the machine to get back into normal mode.
Do you have all the latest patches and are you sure you computer is free of virus or malware? If you feel you are protected then did this occur shortly after an MS Patch/update. Check and see if you can either unistall the last patch or boot to the last known good configuration (press F8 between the bios splash screen and the windows splash screen at boot up). If you are not up to date on your security, then start with that and then work your way into a repair...
The computer is just doing it's internal diagnostics before it shuts down. This uses fairly little amount of physical memory. Every computer handles it differently depending on your configuration. If the computer does shut down on it's own....there is no real problem present.