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really slow start up

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from xp progress bar to active desktop takes forever and a bit.
once desktop appears it takes 20 seconds or more for icons and tray bar to appear, then ages to load a few progs to tray. it also takes far to long to load any progs i select.
i have no viruses or spyware, unless via re-root kits which i know nothing about.
defraged, reg cleaned and rubbish cleared.
any ideas please
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by ctrservices In reply to really slow start up

First, click Start--Run--type in "msconfig" (not the quotes)--click OK--click on the Startup tab--uncheck all entries except for your firewall anti-virus and spyware checkers--click OK--reboot.

Second, right-click the C drive--click Properties--under the General tab click Disk Cleanup--delete all files it finds--then click the Tools tab--click the "Check Now" button--select any of the two boxes you wish to check--click Start (it needs to reboot and run at startup so let it do this now)--then go back to Properties--Tools tab-- defragment the drive (defrag 3 times is best).

If you still have problems let us know.

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by burcjo In reply to really slow start up

Is your machine attached to a network? A windows NT network? A Network migrating to windows 2000 or 2003 ?

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by Pendal1 In reply to really slow start up

I've had similar situations and the problem may be with the user profile. Try logging on with another profile, if there is one (and preferably one joined to the domain if you're logging onto a domain or workgroup) and test the response time. You could also add an account and log on with it and test response time. Basically, if you can log on with other profiles without the slow response time the problem probably lies with the user profile. You may have to delete and readd the profile. Hope this helps.

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by Pendal1 In reply to really slow start up

I've had similar situations and the problem may be with the user profile. Try logging on with another profile, if there is one (and preferably one joined to the domain if you're logging onto a domain or workgroup) and test the response time. You could also add an account and log on with it and test response time. Basically, if you can log on with other profiles without the slow response time the problem probably lies with the user profile. You may have to delete and readd the profile. Hope this helps.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to really slow start up

All the above are right and I recently ran across exactly the same problem which was caused by a bad LAN card which was somehow slowing the thing down dramatically.

I would first start by removing any applications from the start menu with msconfig and then create a different user profile and if that doesn't work you can them start to remove some of the additional hardware and see if things improve.

You should also run a HDD testing utility on your HDD just to make sure that it isn't going bad and slowing down as well.

If you hit ctrl-alt-delete how many running processes are there? The more that there are the slower the computer is going to be.

I've actually seen this quite often on game computers which are overloaded with games and as slow as ****! The more that you put on the more that Windows has to manipulate at startup and while it is running all of which devour Clock Cycles and slow the system down.

Lets know how you get on.

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by slower In reply to really slow start up

thanks everyone
ive tried all the suggestions.
it would seem to be the user acc
as a new one opens quickly, but i will loose to many files.email esp.
if i re-install xp with upgrade version and then update everything, will it keep all my files and email or will i still loose them all.
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