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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. I have a Media Center PC with dual boot with 1.5GB RAM, 2.8GHz Pentium D. The Start Up is slow. I have a similar problem. I used a software(boottimer.exe) to measure my boot speed. My boot time reach 130 secs. For me that is too long.I tried reinstalling my window xp. And the time needed to boot the window xp is just 25 secs! That solves my problem for a while. But after using it for a week the time increase to 90 secs. I just install 2 software after the reinstallion. Why does the windows xp took so long to boot??? As far as is know Windows only need +-30 secs to boot.Is there any software that can help me???

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Try removing programs from the start up one at a time until you figure out what is causing the slow down

Moore than likely it is a corrupt or bad registry entry, window looks for software that is no longer there or corrupted, more information on windows xp slow startup here.

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There is a program called Boot Speed you can find by searching inside of MajorGeeks.com

Otherwise, I'd like to know what antivirus software you are using. Some antivirus programs can really slow down a bootup time because they usually scan a lot of prgrams and XP services at boot up.

Then you would want to get hold of an XP tweak utility, best one is Cacheman XP that you can find at MajorGeeks.com also.
Once Cacheman is installed and open the program you will see a tap in the program window called Tweaks. When you are in there, open the Help file and read the help associated with the Tweaks and you will see some good guidance on turning off settings available in buried locations of XP. The programs MS now downloads for you like Malicious Software program will slow down your boot speeds too.

XP is notoriously slow at booting and yours is about 30 outside the average bootup times you should expect.

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From msconfig you disable all startup item and restart.Also you defragment your hard drive once in a month and use a good antiviruse and scan your pc at regular interval

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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.

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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

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line 1 [boot loader]
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