slow startup

By taffp ·
It takes 3mins 20 secs to move from monitor advert image to windows symbol to appear then normal startup time for icons to appear.I've tried reg cleaners ext but no progress Can anyone give me some help please.TIA

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by Jacky Howe In reply to slow startup

Best way to Speedup Windows is to have an appropriate amount of (RAM) Memory installed.
I've found that for a 32bit System running XP, Vista and W7 they run comfortably with 3GB of RAM.

Also check the amount of free space left on the Hard drive as users have a habit of filling them up. When I get below 17% I start removing and Backing up.

Using the system configuration utility

Press the Winkey + r and type msconfig and press Enter.

To stop a program from running at start-up, go to the Startup tab in this utility, and uncheck the box next to the program. It can sometimes be difficult to understand what programs are listed on the Startup tab.

To get more information about a listing, expand the width of the Command column near the top of the Startup tab. Expand it enough and you'll see the start-up command that the program issues, including its location, such as C:\Program Files\Nero

The directory location should be another hint to help you know the name of the program.

When stopping programs from running at start-up, it's best to stop them one at a time rather than in groups. You want to make sure that you're not causing any system problems by stopping them. So stop one, then restart your PC. If it runs fine, then stop another and restart. Continue doing this until you've cleared all the programs you don't want to run automatically.

Each time you uncheck a box and restart your PC, you'll get a warning that you've used the System Configuration Utility to disable a program from starting automatically. If you don't want to see that warning, disable it by checking the box in the dialog itself.

After you've used the system configuration utility to identify programs that run on start-up, you may want to try disabling them from within the programs themselves. So run each program that starts automatically, and see if you can find a setting that allows you to prevent it from running on start-up.

You should Backup your files to an external hard disk drive or removable disk drive, such as a CD/DVD.

To open the Backup or Restore Wizard

Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Backup.

For information on how to use this tool:

Clear Out Unused Programs

The first step in tuning up your computer's performance is to remove any unnecessary programs.

Follow these steps to remove unneeded programs:

1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

2. Click Add or Remove Programs.

3. Scroll through the list and examine each program. Windows XP lists how often you use a program and what day you last started it. You shouldn't remove anything labeled as an Update or Hotfix.

4. Click each program you no longer need, click the Remove button, and then follow the prompts to uninstall it.

Note: You may have to restart your computer after removing a program. After your computer restarts, repeat the steps above to remove more programs.

Free Up Wasted Space

Cleaner: Windows

When you first open Ccleaner you will have an option to Analyze or Run Cleaner, after checking the left Pane and making your choices. Delete all Temp Files. If you scroll down you will see a greyed out box that has Advanced next to it. Left click on it and keep pressing OK to all of the responses. I normally Untick Windows Log Files and Memory Dumps as they may come in handy.

You don't have to install all of the add ons or shortcuts just the one to the Desktop.

Clean up the Registry

CCleaner can be used to tidy up your Registry. Backup the Registry as you go along, rescan again and again saving as you go until there are no errors left.

Defragment Your Computer

1. Open My Computer, right-click Local Disk, and then click Properties.

2. On the Tools tab, click Defragment Now. The Disk Defragmenter opens.

3. Click your first hard disk, and then click Defragment.

4. If you have more than one hard disk, repeat this process for each hard disk listed starting at Step 3.

Disconnect Unused Network Connections

The problem with network drives is that Windows XP will attempt to connect to the network drives when Windows starts. If the remote computers don't respond immediately, Windows will wait for the connection.

To reduce this problem, disconnect any unused drives by following these steps:

1. Open My Computer.

2. On the Tools menu, click Disconnect Network Drive.

3. Select the network drives that you no longer need, and then click OK.

Keep on top of Malware

Download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, install it and update it and scan the PC.

* Double-click mbam-setup.exe and follow the prompts to install the program.
* At the end, be sure a checkmark is placed next to Update Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware and Launch Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, then click Finish.
* If an update is found, it will download and install the latest version.
* Once the program has loaded, select Perform Quick Scan, then click Scan.
* When the scan is complete, click OK, then Show Results to view the results.
* Be sure that everything is checked, and click Remove Selected.

Keep your AntiVirus software up to date.

Use this as a Guide:

How to configure paging files for optimization and recovery in Windows XP

Registry Hacks to Speed Up XP Hack

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by taffp In reply to XP?

Thanks for all the info .As a newbie to techrepulic I am grateful for the procedures you recommend and will start asap Thanks again John

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Here I'm assuming that you mean 3 Minutes

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to slow startup

To move from the POST Screen tot he Windows Splash Screen.

If that is the case you need to check the BIOS not the Registry as there is most likely a error in the BIOS Setup which is causing the system to hang or slow down trying to work it's way through the Steps that it needs to negotiate before it can start loading from the HDD.

Of course it could also be a damaged Partition Table on the HDD as well but no matter what it's got nothing to do with a Damaged Registry in Windows.

Start looking at the Hardware and also check for Failing RAM.


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by taffp In reply to Here I'm assuming that yo ...

thanks for the info will check it out asap John

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Your Welcome EOM

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by artanyis In reply to slow startup

What OS? XP? Vista?
Is the computer slow even after the system starts?

If its taking a really long time to switch from the POST screen to loading windows it could be ram or possibly a failing HDD, or even just a VERY fragmented HDD. Try Defragmenting, also check to make sure you have enough RAM, XP I usually recomend at 2+ gigs and vista 3+ gigs. I would also download process explorer and look to see if the hardware interrupts are using an excessive amount of processor time, that would indicate a possible Hardware failure, which in my experience 9 times out of 10 is the HDD.


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by taffp In reply to HDD?

THanks for the info and i will check via the process explorer but will probly end up with a new drive again thanks John

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how to fix slow startup

by technocrat25 In reply to slow startup

To troubleshoot slow computer startup, do the following:

1. Remove all applications (programs) you do not use. If you have had your computer for more than one year, you have probably installed new applications that you now use in place of some older applications. One or more of your old applications might have portions that try to run at startup and thereby cause your computer to start slowly. On your computer, display your existing installed applications, and then remove any you are not using. For example, in Windows XP, you would click on Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs to display your currently-installed applications. For each application you do not use, select it, and then click on Remove.
2. Remove all viruses and spyware programs. To remove viruses, run a virus scanner. To remove spyware, run a spyware-removal tool. You can probably obtain a free security suite, which includes both a virus scanner and a spyware-removal tool, from your internet provider. If you do not already have these tools, you can download them from the web. To compare various security suites, see: PC Magazine Windows Security Suites. To compare other utilities, see: PC Magazine Windows Utilities
3. Run a computer-cleaning utility to remove old, unnecessary files and clean the register. Here?s an example cleaning utility: CCleaner In this particular utility, you run the register cleaner separately.
4. Determine whether your computer is running too many unnecessary programs at startup. Part of CCleaner (above) lets you disable startup programs separately. Be careful to disable only unnecessary programs. Do not disable any program about which you are unsure.
5. Verify that your computer?s power supply voltages are correct. A failing power supply can cause many problems, including slow startup. For more information, see: Power Supplies 101
6. If none of the preceding steps help solve your slow computer startup, reinstall all software on your computer, including its operating system. Install the operating system onto a clean hard drive, and then install your applications one at time. After installing each application, make sure that your slow computer startup problem has not returned.

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by OldER Mycroft In reply to how to fix slow startup

Phew - this one almost slipped through my anti-plagiarism scan.

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