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Operating system boots very slow

By focussonecomputer ·
How can I solve the very slow booting and running of windsws operating system, most espceially windows 2000 and windows xp

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by JamesRL In reply to Operating system boots ve ...

There are many different reasons for slow boots and slow performance.

First off, use one or more of the spyware tools to see if you have any issues - I use Spybot Search and Destroy and Adaware. These kinds of infections are quite common, and in many cases install themselves at system boot.

Second, take a look at whats running at startup. I use a startup manager - there are lots of freeware ones. I eliminate things I don't need like printer drivers for printers I only use occasionally.

In XP especially, you can go to the control panels, system, and modify the performance settings. You can change the look and feel of the interface to improve performance - turning off some of the fancy graphics does improve things.

I would also look at how much RAM you have - its cheap, and look at how fragmented your hard disk is - defragment on a regular basis and you will notice an improvement.

Thats a few tips to start.


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by sgt_shultz In reply to Operating system boots ve ...

yes, defrag. and rule out hd problems with chkdsk thorough scan and check available hd space. look for malware/adware. i like to use both ad-aware from lavasoftusa and spy-bot from where should folks download it? maybe i use ad-aware everyday and spy-bot when i can't get something out with ad-aware. do you have a firewall product installed what sp's on the bad systems patch windows, ie and office to latest critical updates and security patches.

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by sgt_shultz In reply to

check event log for more clues and try another user profile, easy and quick stuff to check...

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by dmiles In reply to Operating system boots ve ...

Check your system to see what programs are loading at startup

Check the system for spyware using utilites such as spyware and add aware

To get Windows XP to boot faster use the utility bootvis.exe free download from the internet

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by Doobiedoobs In reply to Operating system boots ve ...


Try running task manager. If you see very suspicious looking program e.g. *32.exe or any other program lunch under your account that you have no idea at all, better check their existence in the c:\windows or in system32 folder or in other critical folders, check their time stamp and filesize. Then you will begin to suspect that they are not part of any legit program. What you can do with them is renaming them so that they will not be loaded the next time boot. .exe are pretty easier to catch than with .dll's, either way you need to be careful. Then make a logfile of this malicious programs. This has happened to me and as a matter of fact, I have a long list of these programs before my PC got crashed :-(


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by AcesKaraoke In reply to Operating system boots ve ...

First and foremost get adaware and spybot installed and run both.

If you don't have antivirus software has AVG which has a free version for personal use. Install and run.

I installed a program called WinPatrol which runs in the background, and helps alert you to registry changes and possible malware, plus you can access lists of running applications, processes, and services by double clicking the WinPatrol icon in the system tray.

Visit to check out recommended settings for services. I did and used WinPatrol for easy access to a list of services running changed to recommended settings and had VERY obvious improvement in booting and running XP on my Athlon XP 2400 system with 384 Megs RAM.

Lastly, make sure you've got RAM. XP will run with 128 Megs, but it'll be so slow as to bring tears to your eyes. I'd recommend 512 Megs as a number you can have a happy experience working with, but more is always better.

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