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It takes my PC a very long time to boot up, what can i do?

My sorry for the information I gave you earlier, I have a desktop, Presario S0000 series (S3500CL) with Pentium 4. I am also wireless.

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If you have installed any softwares recently it might slow down the pc as many softwares will install a startup file in order to start faster. You can shut these programs from starting up when the pc starts.
I put 2 steps to resolve this in order of simplicity.

Remove icons from the Startup folder
Some programs open with a shortcut icon in the startup folder (Startup icons). Use the following steps to show any startup icons that might be hidden and remove startup icons from the startup folder:
NOTE: Removing items from the Startup folder does not uninstall the software program.
1. Right-click the Start button, and click Explore . The Windows Explorer window displays with Start Menu already selected.
2. Click the plus sign ( + ) next to Programs .
3. Click Startup . The shortcut icons are listed in the right pane of the window.
4. To show any hidden icons, click Tools , click Folder Options , and click the View tab.
5. Click Show hidden files and folders (Windows XP/ME) or Show all files (Windows 98), and click OK .
6. Click an unwanted startup item in the right pane of the window and drag it to a blank area on the Windows desktop. Release the mouse button to drop the icon onto the desktop.
7. Continue dragging unwanted icons until all unwanted startup icons are on the desktop. Click Yes to any window that display asking to confirm the removal of a read-only file.
8. Close Windows Explorer and restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Delete the startup icons that were moved to the desktop after you are satisfied with the way the software programs are working.
If you find that a particular software program should not have been removed from the Startup folder, double-click the startup menu item to open the Startup window. Then drag the icon from the desktop back into the Startup window.

Posted on Jan 13, 2009

  • Ganesan Chandraiah
    Ganesan Chandraiah Jan 13, 2009

    Using Msconfig to troubleshoot software issues

    Msconfig helps Windows control software that automatically loads while Windows is starting. For troubleshooting purposes, use the following steps to prevent all software programs from automatically opening when Windows starts:



    CAUTION: The following steps are used to prevent all startup items from opening, including antivirus software and other software that may provide important functions. Only use these steps for troubleshooting purposes.

    NOTE: If the HP Boot Optimizer is installed on your PC, some applications may not appear in the Msconfig application. In this case, uninstall the Boot Optimizer utility before using the following steps. Go to HP Boot Optimizer Uninstall Steps

    NOTE: Using Msconfig can cause the operating system selection screen to display for three seconds; as a result, three seconds add to the overall startup time. The default setting for HP and Compaq desktop PCs with Windows XP is to not show the startup screen. To prevent the operating selection screen from appearing for three seconds on startup, edit the timeout line in boot.ini and change it to zero.


    1. Click Start , and then click Run.

    2. Type the following into the Open field: Msconfig

    3. Click OK.

    4. In the System Configuration Utility window do one of the following:
      If you are using Windows 98 and ME, select Selective Startup on the General tab, and remove the checkmark next to Load startup group items .
      If you are using Windows 95, remove the checkmarks next to Config.sys and Autoexec.bat.

    NOTE: Many software drivers and antivirus software depend on Config.sys and Autoexec.bat in order to work. If you experience problems after completing these steps, perform the steps again replacing the checkmarks next to Config.sys and Autoexec.bat.


    1. If you are using Windows 98 and ME, click the WIN.INI tab, click the plus sign ( + ) next to the windows folder, and remove the checkmarks next to load= and run= .

    2. If you are using Windows XP, remove the checkmark next to Load Startup Items , click the Services tab, select Hide all Microsoft services , and remove the checkmarks next to all the items in the list.

    3. When finished, click OK .

    4. Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

    5. After the computer restarts, a message about using Msconfig appears (Windows Me and XP only).

    6. To continue using Msconfig, click OK and then close the System Configuration window (do not restart the computer).

    7. To prevent the pop-up message from appearing again, place a checkmark next to Don't show this message again , and then click OK .

    NOTE: Once you have finished troubleshooting an issue, repeat these steps again, replacing the checkmarks, to allow startup programs and service to start with Windows again.



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