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By Puzzle-Wizard ·
My system has slowed significantly in the last two months. Startup takes a long time after the XP logo screen appears. I have added and subtracted a few programs latelybut toomany to list. I have a 500 meg system wth a 500 mhz processor. Also have lots 120 gb of disk on three drives. What are the categories of things that the process is going through and which are doing me in?

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by TimTheToolMan In reply to 6 minute start up

Hi,

I believe that during the logo screen, WinXP is simultaneously loading as many drivers as it can to get "up and going" as soon as it can.

Caveat : If on a network and part of a domain, then it will wait for the network drivers to load and domain policies to be applied before continuing.

So what you are likely seeing is a device that takes a long time to initialise. Or possibly a driver or two that are somehow loading and timing out waiting for a non existant device.

Is it possible that any of the programs you've removed could have left drivers like this?

Look in device manager for drivers that have yellow exclamation points next to them.

Cheers,
Tim.

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by pristle In reply to 6 minute start up

A review of services that are being loaded may help. XP seems to load an awful lot of unnecessary services at boot up. A clean up of some of these can have a radical effect on the system in general.

Microsoft also have a handy optimization tool to help speed things up too. It can be found at :

http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/BTV/1.0/WXP/EN-US/BootVis-Tool.exe

Paul

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by Puzzle-Wizard In reply to 6 minute start up

Thanks for the info. The location: http://download.microsoft.com/download/whistler/BTV/1.0/ WXP/EN-US/BootVis-Tool.exe
is not accessible from my system.

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by cyberjettanjax In reply to 6 minute start up

I know this will sound like a simple answer, but try defrag/scandisk. You would be amazed on how much that helps. I know it wont solve the entire boot lag issue, but sure will help.

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