how to make WinXP tablet boot faster?

By JADavis9 ·
I have tried all the standard stuff to speed up booting. I've done disk cleanup, defrag you name it. I use cCleaner to clean things up. I use AVG Anti-Virus Free. I can even provide someone a Belarc Advisor profile of my pc showing the system and all programs.
But my Windows XP tablet loads so slowly. I hate to shut it down, ever. It boots much slower than it used to. It is slow up to the log in box and even really slow after punching in my password. It just sits there for a few minutes looking like I forgot to hit the enter key.
What can be done to figure out what is going on?

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Start |Run type msconfig

by Ron K. In reply to how to make WinXP tablet ...

Disable everything under the <u><b>STARTUP</u></b> tab. If it boots faster than it may be something that's starting up which slows it down. If it boots faster just go back to msconfig and enable five programs at a time until the boot slows down again. Then eliminate the program from starting, unless it's becessary like your antivirus. Don't delete anything, just disable so that you can alaways re-enable.<br>
I hesitate to have you run Sysinternals Autoruns because I don't feel like answering, "What's this?," a hundred times. If you do run Autoruns do like the rest of us do, look up the processes and services using Google. Again, don't delete anything, just disable so that you can re-enable as necessary.

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Thanks! I tried Disabling

by JADavis9 In reply to Start |Run type msconfig

I had disabled 4 things while I fought some issues with certain software, but I have since re-enabled them in Run > msconfig so all is enabled. I was also trying to speed up the booting so I disabled all from startup and it still takes the same length of time from hitting Restart until with a quick finger swipe for log in. It takes 260 seconds until the Start bar is complete using either a Selective start with all disabled, or a Normal start where all are enabled. So I left it on Normal.

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Following any advice is optional.

by Ron K. In reply to Thanks! I tried Disabling

If you're so sure you know what you're doing why do you even bother asking questions? <br>
A fairly good definition of insanity is continuing to do the same things that you're doing while expecting different results. That applies here.<br>
Have fun with your computers and have a jolly good day.

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I am desiring help

by JADavis9 In reply to Following any advice is o ...

I am not sure what I said that was offensive. I am not as smart regarding computer technology as you or many of you are. I only answer any questions as specifically as possible to try to save you time in answering my possibly mundane question. I really appreciate any help that I can get and I really don't want to act like I know what I am doing. In fact, I don't.

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my only question is

by PurpleSkys In reply to I am desiring help

what are the pc specs? IE: amount of ram, processor, hdd, etc?

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So disabling 4 items instead of all of them is following advice?

by Ron K. In reply to Following any advice is o ...
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sorry but did you read my post before replying with a nasty comment?

by JADavis9 In reply to So disabling 4 items inst ...

Do I deserve a nasty comment for some reason? I am only trying really hard to fix issues and give the most complete information that I can give.
I clearly said that I had tried disabling all of them after I told you that earlier I had tried disabling 4 for another reason. Disabling all did not seen to speed it up for me (a few seconds difference if any) so I have re-enabled all.

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I missed, "I tried disabling".

by Ron K. In reply to sorry but did you read my ...

And zoomed in on disabling 4 items. My bad.<br>
How much RAM do you have? <br>
There are a lot of things that start when you start your computer that don't show up in msconfig. Sysinternals' Autoruns shows virtually everything. <br>
A word of warning, there's so much in there that it can easily take 2 or more hours to go through everything. Don't 'delete' anything, just 'disable' as you may need it again later. <br>
Right now I'm wondering what you're running for a firewall and antivirus. I've run several and some will definitely slow your startup time and computing time down to a crawl.<br>
Before using Autoruns I suggest that you make a backup of the entire Registry just in case you accidentally hose something with Autoruns. <br>
Search on how to backup the Registry. It's not hard. Don't forget where you put it.
Research everything you think you're going to disable.<br>
Now, what are your firewall and antivirus?

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how much ram? what firewall & antivirus?

by JADavis9 In reply to I missed, "I tried disabl ...

I have 760mb of RAM on this tablet. It has a USB Maxtor e: drive used for backups. A copy of my Belarc Advisor profile of my pc shows:
Operating System System Model
Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Motion Computing LE1600 A0
System Serial Number: 00102932
Chassis Serial Number: 00102932
Enclosure Type: Notebook
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1.50 gigahertz Intel Pentium M
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Not hyper-threaded Board: Compal Computer Corporation Compal DX20
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Motion Computing - LE1600 A08 05/05/2006
Drives Memory Modules c,d
160.26 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
113.17 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space

LITE-ON COMBO SOHC-5232K USB Device [CD-ROM drive]

Maxtor OneTouch II USB Device [Hard drive] (100.25 GB) -- drive 1
TOSHIBA MK6006GAH [Hard drive] (60.01 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 55461029T, rev BZ002A, SMART Status: Healthy 758 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Slot 'DIMM A' has 512 MB
Slot 'DIMM B' has 256 MB
Local Drive Volumes
c: (NTFS on drive 0) 60.01 GB 35.00 GB free
e: (NTFS on drive 1) 100.25 GB 78.17 GB

You say that there are a lot of things that start when you start your computer that don't show up in msconfig. But I haven't tried your Sysinternals' Autoruns idea yet. I am wondering if I should ....

I am having an issue with my antivirus that may be involved here. I am not sure what firewall I use. I was using MS Security Essentials but it has stopped working and can't be uninstalled. MS is helping me along with others to solve this problem so we can reinstall it and use it. In the meantime, I have installed a free trial version of one of the popular anti virus programs. Maybe having both is slowing things down?

You say that before using Autoruns I should make a backup of the entire Registry.

It looks like I would just use system restore to create a restore point which basically is a backup of the registry. Is that right?

But you say "Don't forget where you put it".
Wouldn't I just let System Restore keep it for me, or are you suggesting that I store it somewhere else somehow for some reason that I don't understand? Sorry if I am so unknowledgeable...

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You're only going to get X amount of speed with Y amount of RAM.

by Ron K. In reply to I missed, "I tried disabl ...

I generally recommend that a person max. out their RAM for their operating system. I don't know what your max. would be but you can easily go to and have it scan your system. It'll make recommendations. <br>
Installing a 'popular' anti-virus program is a bit odd. What is it? Some will really bog down your system. <br>
I'm going to still recommend that you run Autoruns, with the caveats I explained, and take the time to see what's running. We can post back and forth here until the cows come home, otherwise.<br>
If you ask me. the closer an operating system is to being original, with good security add-ons and updates the better off you are. If your system tray is gunked up with stuff you rarely use, turn it of with Autoruns. If you insist on going to any particular home page when you start your browser your start-up time depends upon your ISP. Why do that? I don't understand, you can go ANYWHERE once your computer/tablet/whatever has booted.<br>
Check crucial for RAM, post your AV and anti-malware solutions and when the last time was that you ran a deep, complete scan with anything, as well as when you last defragged.

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