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Windows XP Unusually Slow Startup

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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  • valid wong Sep 09, 2007

    Also I notice it that svchost.exe in the Task Manager will take a while to load. And when svchost.exe loads up, then my icons and startup items will appear also. I don't know if that helps.

  • valid wong Sep 09, 2007

    No signs of spyware/malware either.

  • valid wong Sep 10, 2007

    How do disable virtual memory? Thanks for the reply.

  • valid wong Sep 10, 2007

    Hey 24 seven,

    I did the disk error check and it came up with nothing. Then I did a defrag. I restarted an the startup continues to be very slow. I have a side question though, should I leave my VM off with my 2GB of ram? Also do you have any other ideas about the startup? THANK YOU SOO MUCH for your help by the way.

  • valid wong Sep 11, 2007

    Erwin,

    Thank you for the reply. I really appreciate it. How do I check if my disk is in parition and what do I do to fix it? It says on "My Computer" that I have a C(Local) and D(Backup) drive. :)

  • valid wong Sep 12, 2007

    Thanks a bunch 24 Seven, I will try things and let you know.

  • valid wong Sep 12, 2007

    I've tried everything in the last message but nothing changed. :/ Still, I really appreciate your help.

  • valid wong Sep 22, 2007

    Yeah, I really don't know. :/

  • valid wong Sep 22, 2007

    I've tried everything :/ but no luck. Do you think this would fix my problems? http://pcsupport.about.com/od/operatings...

  • valid wong Oct 02, 2007

    Thanks ask anything, the tip helped a bit, but I don't believe it was the source of my problem. I appreciate all the help from the members of this site nonetheless!

  • valid wong Dec 17, 2007

    It is so weird, I still don't understand why my computer does this.

  • valid wong Dec 17, 2007

    It is so weird, I still don't understand why my computer does this.

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1)Go to start menu 2)Then go to 'RUN' and write MSCONFIG in its textbox. Then click on Startup tab and disable all option. 3) then restart ur pc.

Posted on Sep 23, 2007

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    Right-click on 'My Computer' and click 'properties'.
    Under the 'Hardware' tab choose 'Device Manager'.
    Click the + sign next to 'IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers' to view all of them.
    Choose either the primary or secondary IDE channel, by right-clicking and choosing properties.
    Choose the advanced settings tab.
    Of Device 0 and Device 1, the one with a drive connected will be greyed out, so you cannot mess up your computer. On the other one (the one not greyed out) change device type from 'auto detect' to 'none'.

    Press ok, repeat the process for the other cable if necessary, and close the device manager.
    Your computer will now no longer waste time during loading looking for additional drives.
    This trick has improved the boot time on every system I've tried it on, in some cases by up to 30 seconds

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Hi, 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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Make sure your hard disk is in partition. Partition mostly used in a internet cafe they have a hard disk c and d. So you better try to this if your problem fix this then it's good.

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Possible that the virtual memory is fragged. try disabling the VM then do a disk error check followed by a disk defrag then re-enable VM.

Posted on Sep 10, 2007

  • Marty marty Sep 11, 2007

    to disable VM:
    1. right click My Computer, select Properties
    2. left click Advanced tab
    3. on Performance option, click advanced
    4. click advanced at next screen
    5. under virtual memory area, click CHANGE
    6. select "no paging file" then SET and ok out
    remember your settings before changing.

    Also, I thought of another area. If your system restore is enabled and was never turned off, then if it too is fragged, could slow pc. first try a system retore date that you think was working fine before problem arose. if that does not work then disable system restore temporarily and see if this works. remember to try scandisk and defrag after each major change of options.

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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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