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By fred124 ·
Hi,
An irritating problem holding up Boot Up.
I have just formatted the hard drive (NTFS) and re installed XP home Edition.
On boot up it gets to "Windows is starting up..." and stays on that screen for between 60 to 90 seconds then boots up normally and everything runs as it should.
I have reduced the number of programs starting to the minimum (no anti virus even)it's not been on the internet and it was doing this BEFORE I installed Office, Nero etc and is the same now.
It has one 120Gb hard drive (master) in two partitions; 30Gb & 90 Gb on the primary IDE channel:
There is a CD rewriter on the other IDE.
It has 256 Mb RAM
The PC is running well apart from the annoyance of the "windows is starting up" screen
Any suggestions will be gratefully received.
Cheers,
Fred

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by Kiltie In reply to XP Boot up

I am not trying to be facetious, but I didn't actually see a question.

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by zlitocook In reply to XP Boot up

That is about right for XP, it looks at the hardware, checks it all. Then loads the O/S and then programs. It also depends on your mainboard speed and memory, 256 is not allot for XP. I use 512 at the low end, but I always use 1 gig now.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to XP Boot up

There are two main things that regulate the speed of XP starting up one is the speed of the CPU and the other is the amount of available RAM.

I now only place a minimum of 1 GIG of RAM into any XP unit and that helps a lot but even that will not ease problems caused by a slow CPU or one with a small amount of L2 Cache.

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by haasman In reply to XP Boot up

I had the same problem over the years ... always related to searching for a network connection. If possible remove NIC or update or change drivers.

Haasman

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That seems to be the answer; Thanks a lot.

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