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W XP boots extremely slow

By Casemaker ·
I have a clients PC running W XP with 40gb HDD 512 RAM 2.4 P4. He reported that the PC was very very slow @ boot and would recycle at boot. It would keep booting. It would do this in normal startup and safe mode. I looked at the drive and there was no file system just unpartitioned space. I created partition, formatted and installed XP. The system boots ok but is still very very slow. I mean 3-5 minutes. I have the boot order A,C CD.
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by OTL In reply to W XP boots extremely slow

Dump the A: for boot order.

Check for viruses !

Check the HD if it is a 5400 RPM drive, will take awhile to boot. Changing to a 7200 RPM will definitely speed things up. If this was a home build computer ensure they did not use the overlay program (comes with HD - Disk manager for Winchester)for the HD (was to enable large disk support for 98 and below (ME and above does not need this support and slows down the PC).

If this was an OEM box, may be loading all their garbage (Help, system support, automatic updates, internet signup,,, etc). Check MSConfig to see what is loading at startup and uncheck unused/unwanted programs.

BTW - New OEM computer, OS software on HD came with virus !

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Thank You, this did not help.

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by Casemaker In reply to W XP boots extremely slow

This bios only allows A: or disable C: or disable or diasable.

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by jfortin In reply to W XP boots extremely slow

Download the boot diagnostic tool called bootvis and have it trace the boot. Various configuration problems can cause problems, such as a CD player configured as slave being the only drive on the IDE channel. Bootvis will trace where the problem.

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Thank You, this did not help.

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