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Workstation service on Win XP runs slow

By godzillex ·
This is infuriating!

I recently finished reformatting my system, and re-installing a copy of Windows XP (SP1).
After going to a four day ordeal of web-updating it to SP2, and re-installing and reconfiguring all my applications just the way I wanted them, my laptop suddenly started to respond VERY, VERY sluggishly.

Here is what happens:

During the boot-up phase, it's now taking over 2 mintues for my system to come up. Yesterday it was taking less than 25 seconds!
So I decided to fire up the "service.msc" during the bootup phase to see where the hang up was, and guess what I found?

The system is hanging on the bloody "Workstation" service, and it's showing that by displaying the word "Starting" for almost a whole minute.

Needless to say this is very frustrating as it also seems to be affecting the Windows Explorer operation as well:

When I use the "Windows-E" button to fire up the Explorer, it takes a good 3 seconds for it to come up.
In contrast, double-clicking the "My Computer" icon, brings the Explore up instantly. This is rather baffling.

I'm willing to live with the Explorer slow down, but the Workstation service slowdown is taking its toll on my nerves.

Any help would be greatly appreciatd.

Here are the links to the current status of services on my machine (JPG format):

Started: http://tinyurl.com/ozclu
Manual: http://tinyurl.com/mmchw
Disabled: http://tinyurl.com/pz6tr

Thank you.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

What did you do between starting up the unit when it was running properly and the next day when it was slow?

As you've said you're NB does that mean that it's a stand alone computer or connected to a network. I take it you mean that this is a stand alone unit is that correct?

Finally does it still boot up slowly in Safe Mode?

Col

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by godzillex In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

Hi Hal,

> What did you do between starting up the unit when it was running properly and the next day when it was slow?

Nothing! That is perhaps the most baffling part.
In the morning it booted up just fine... later on in the day, after I reboot it, it started to slow down.
This slow booting process was the main reason I decided to re-format my machine in the first place (I do it every 6 months).
Before, it took almost 6 months of work to have my system exhibit this problem. But it's now doing it within four days of its re-installation!


> As you've said you're NB does that mean that it's a stand alone computer or connected to a network. I take it you mean that this is a stand alone unit is that correct?

Yes, it is a stand-alone system connected to Internet via a Cable MODEM.


> Finally does it still boot up slowly in Safe Mode?

I booted it up in the SAFE MODE in two ways:

In "Safe Mode", it booted up very fast, but then again, it only had to START the following services:

Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher
Event Log
Plug and Play
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Windows Managment Instrumentation


In the "Safe Mode with networking enabled", it took over two mintues to come up. These services had been STARTed:
Computer Browser
Cryptographic Services
DCOM Server Process Launcher
DHCP Client
DNS CLient
Event Log
Network Connections
Plug and Play
Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Server
Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Windows Managment Instrumentation
Workstation

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by OnTheRopes In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

This isn't a specific answer to your problems rather a general answer regarding Services.

Good info available for download at the TR link below:
http://tinyurl.com/7hb7o

The bad news? Two minutes is not an incredibly slow time for Windows w/all updates applied depending upon what apps run at start-up.

The good news? You can safely disable some services as shown in the above download. Also check the TR download area for tips on speeding up Windows. It's a great resource.

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by godzillex In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...
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by godzillex In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

Ah, this is still an OPEN issue. I accidently closed it!
Opening up another similar....

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

The add comment button gone missing again!

Firstly a 2 minute boot from a cold start isn't overly long but as you've got this NB connected to a Cable Modem through I would imagine the LAN Port try disconnecting the LAN connection and see if this helps. By your answer about booting in Safe Mode it sounds as if there is a network problem somewhere in your system but you can try these links Tune Windows XP to speed up boot and shutdown times.

http://tinyurl.com/gu9nr

If that doesn't work try the following link as that is the download page of the above

http://tinyurl.com/jg33x

Col

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to

My P4 3.06 GIG NB with 1 GIG of RAM takes about 2 minutes to boot with or without a LAN connection and it takes the same in both Safe and Conventional Modes, as well as taking about as long to Boot Debian Linux.

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by KMT In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

I have this same problem. I also am unsure what caused it. The problem seems to be with the workstation service, and despite the posts about tweaking services to boot faster, I doubt that is the solution; the workstation service ran fine on this computer previously.

I've noticed that if I have my wireless card enabled and there is an available network, the problem doesn't occur. However, if it is disabled or if there is no network available, the service hangs, so it seems that the workstation service is waiting for something that the wireless card should be providing, but the servic is just waiting a long time and then timeing out. I've looked for settings on the card but didn't come up with a solution. Maybe someone else has an idea?

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Reinstalled wireless drivers

by richardmc In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

I had the exact same prob. I used msconfig to narrow it down to the workstation service. As mentioned in a previous post, my computer would boot quickly after turning on my wireless network card and that's with the workstation service running. Booting with the network card off and workstation service running = very long boot.

I uninstalled my network card and reinstalled it. That must have cleared some setting I didn't know about, because my computer boots fine. That is, boots quickly with workstation service running and either wireless network card ON or OFF.

Glad I ran into you guys and good luck with the prob.

Rich

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trojan

by jamesatmaisonverre In reply to Workstation service on Wi ...

I had the same problem and it turned ou that if i installed xp sp1 and put it on the internet , the w32.spybot trojan would download onto the pc and slow down the everything.If you have msssps running in your process in task manager you've got it or look for crssps.This would explain alot.My solution was to install service pack two before allowing onto the internet.This cured the problem

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