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By boomio ·
I got a brand new Dell PC(3GHZ CPU, 1Gig Ram, 160Gig HD, system allocated virtual mem, XP SP2)
Up until recently, I didnt have many problems when starting up the computer. But in the last couple of weeks, it has become painfully slow. It gets as far as loading the wallpaper, then it takes about 2-3 minutes before the desktop icons.
I've run disk cleaner, defrag, adaware, norton antivirus. I've also disabled all services that are not from microsoft. But still it takes two-three minutes.
From reading other things, profiles we're mentioned, but I've only got one profile set up on the computer, so the pc defaults to that one on startup. Is there things I could do to the default profile maybe that would speed up things if it is the problem?

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by Toivo Talikka In reply to Slow start up

You should check the size of the profile from CP - System - Advanced - User Profiles - Settings, or by checking the size of the profile directory under C:\Documents and Settings.

If you store numerous files on the desktop and if you do not limit the size of the Temporary Internet Files under Local Settings (IE - Tools - Internet Options - Temporary Internet Files - Settings), your system may have lots of overheads.

The overheads can slow down the startup if you are using roaming profiles which download the profile from the server. In a standalone PC the size may not matter much, but a very large number of small files in the profile may still have some impact.

It is possible to redirect the temporary files to a new directory e.g. on drive if you have one by changing the user variables in CP - System - Advanced - Environmental variables.

You could check which ports are open by using the command

netstat -an

to check if one of the applications, spyware or not, is 'phoning home'.

Have you checked the resource usage after the boot from Task Manager? Any interesting messages in the event log?

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by boomio In reply to Slow start up

The computer is my home PC, so roaming profiles isnt an issue. I've used ccleaner, and that cleared out almost a gig of stuff from my pc(a bit too much, but no major damage done). I'll check the size of the profile later and see what size it is. Would moving stuff out of c:\Document and setting\<username> speed matters up even if it is the only profile? There is an "administrator" and "all users" profiles but I presume they are standard????

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Slow start up

As well as the above answer run a program to Defrag your HDD regularly preferably a third party one as the MS one isn't so great at getting the files in a sequential order.

Also open the Task Manager and see just how many processes are running if it's anything like this computer it has 95 processes running so it takes time to load them all.

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by boomio In reply to Slow start up

Could you recommend either of ye(or anyone else) recommend a good piece of software to 1) give me more details on what processes are running on my machine and 2) Another program other than bootvis to see what is happening on my pc at start up(Bootvis isnt working on my machine for some reason, must look into it later)
Thanks in advance

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by zaferus In reply to Slow start up

Go to a command prompt and click run and msconfig press ok. Check in the startup tab that powerpoint doesn't launch (be careful in here what you uncheck). This will show you what is set to run when you start your computer. Anything unnecessary to operations can be unchecked - but your key files need to stay checked. There are lots of web resources on what each process does if I see one I'm not sure about I just google it.

If this is malware/spyware related run adaware (at www.lavasoft.de).

Download and run "hijack this". It will show you everything loading and running on your system. You will need to sort through what is legit and what isn't - but going forward running this every month or so will show you what's happening "under the hood" and will be easier to compare changes.

http://www.download.com/HijackThis/3000-8022_4-10227353.html

Sysinternals has a rootkit detector - but realize that it will show legitimate processes running as well.

http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/RootkitRevealer.html

That's my "toolkit"!

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by zaferus In reply to

Sorry - ignore the powerpoint comment on that.

Should read:
Go to a command prompt and click run and msconfig press ok. Check in the startup tab and this will show you what is set to run when you start your computer.

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by boomio In reply to Slow start up

Thanks Zaf, I'll give that a try as well later!!
I tend to be a bit trigger happy when it comes to installing software, so I might want to keep track of what I am doing to my poor PC :)
I have already gone into msconfig and disabled everything except the MS stuff and rebooted but it is still the same.

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