I am running Windows Xp Media Center edition. When booting up, there is a long delay (30-90 seconds) at the "Welcome" screen. After that has passed, my wallpaper displays but I need to wait another 1 or 2 minutes before the taskbar or icons show.
I have a fast computer and plenty of ram.
I disabled some services with msconfig months ago but the slow booting happened this week.
I was desperate and edited the prefetch to 3 (i don't know if that harmed or hurt it).
The newest change I can think of is that i installed a new HP printer.
If there are any ideas, please help. Thanks a bunch to everyone in advance.
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Re: Windows XP Unusually Slow Startup
Since you have tried most if not all of the logical possible remedies, perhaps you can try:
1. Remove all USB connections to your computer the boot;
2. Uninstall your new HP printer;
3. On powerup hit "del" or whatever it is to enter your CMOS/BIOS setup. Select Optimized settings. Check/verify that your CPU is at correct FSB, mem cache latency at 2;
4. Verify that the PC is reading/accessing all of your 2Gb mem;
5. Run your Windows in Safe Mode (though startup maybe even longer) and run MsConfig again. Pls note any changes from your last modification;
Hope that this be of further help/idea.
Good luck and kind regards.
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Re: Windows XP Unusually Slow Startup
If your computer is running slow, the only thing i know of that you could do, is replace the motherboard and the CPU. It would probably cost $300-$500. Or if you want to go the easy way, buy a new computer.
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To reinstall win XP from usb flash drive you need WIndows XP cd, 1 gb flash drive and Novicorp WinToFlash. Download WinToFlash to your computer and follow instructions to transfer Windows XP from cd to flash drive, After that boot your notebook from usb device and select "TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until After Logon" then install win xp normally, but format C partition. After first start of your notebook boot again from flash drive in "TXT Mode Setup Windows XP, Never unplug USB-Drive Until After Logon". Now windows is starting, go to start/my computer right click on it and go to properties in this windows go to advanced tab and there go to startup and recovery, click on settings, in new window go to edit tab and in new window change the line "multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect" after windows XP write the type of your XP Professional, Home Edition, or Media Center. Now you can remove usb flash drive and boot normally from hdd.
You can check, remove or disable your system start-up programs with Autoruns from Sysinternals. To change a specific startup program (ie a media player) with something more suitable for your needs you should check the program's configuration to look for a "run at the startup" sort of option.
the following id taken from my own XP media centre laptop.
line 1 [boot loader] line 2 timeout=30 line 3 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS line 4 [operating systems] line 5 multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
ignore the "line 1,2,3 etc" I added them for clarity the formatting in this answer pane messes up the last line.
also before you get to edit the start up file make sure that the default operating system listed is the sae as line 5 starting from the "
To connect the Xbox 360 console to this computer, you must be running Windows XP Service Pack 2, Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005, or Windows Vista.
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plz go to msconfig and disable all item except the antiviruse in the startup tab, then go to my computer propeties ,click on advance then click on performance then select adjust for best performance(visual tab) then go to advance tab and change the page file to 1024 for both(min and max) then do a full scale system scan for viruse Post your findings