Computer Booting very...slow

October 7, 2005 at 16:34:23
Specs: Windows XP Professional, Intel 3.20 GHz 640/512x2

I leave my computer on a lot but I don't know if this is the cause of it, but suddenly when I boot my computer up it takes forever. After the Windows XP loading screen, before the blue welcome screen, in betwen the 2 when the loading screen switches the the blue screen there is a blank screen...I'm sure you all have it..usually it takes a couple seconds but it ended up taking minutes. Then on the blue welcome screen where you hear the music of when it first boots it stays on that screen for a very long time. After that it shows my wall paper but no desktop, basically no explorer loading til a pretty long time, minutes maybe even 4-5. Even after the desktop is loaded I have to wait a few minutes before I can use anything, after the few minutes everything is fine and good but the botting is bugging there any suggestions? I'll try to have my quickest reply when I see something if you need any more information.

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October 7, 2005 at 16:40:53

I leave my computer on a lot but I don't know if this is the cause of it..

Let me start by eliminating the above notation. Mine's has been on 24/7 (with user-induced restarts every couple days) and it hasn't slowed down any of the PCs here.


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October 7, 2005 at 16:50:29

It could be a software or hardware issue, eliminating hardware is usually easier that software, my advise is to first test your harddrive for errors.

If you are in the clear after that there's a couple more things to check. BTW another hunch is to diasble all startup items from msconfig and reboot, if the reboot take a lot less of a time, you just figured out where to look a little more closely.

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October 7, 2005 at 20:07:26

And if you still have problems Run this free online scan from Panda

You need to make sure there is not anything in the recycle bin that you need.Then download and run ccleaner to clean out all your temp files.

If you still have problems download,update and run these spyware removal programs

Adaware SE and once you get it updated go back to the link and install the vx2 cleaner and follow the directions to install it the run it. This updated tool will remove most vx2 infections including Look2Me.


cwshredder use the stand alone version.

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October 7, 2005 at 20:59:29

When you mean checking your hardware for errors, I may sound really stupid but what do you mean? Can you tell me some instructions, I should also say my computer time was up for about 7 days so I have a bad idea of what happened between those 7 days, it may be there a way to fix this without formatting if I cannot find the software error, or hardware error?

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October 7, 2005 at 21:18:54

Read what has been offered. If it doesn't work, reinstall.
To summarize:
Ad Aware
AVG AntiVirus
download updates to keep all of these current

Trend online Virus Scanner

You can avoid many of these Windows problems with Linux. Linspire eases the transition for new users

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October 7, 2005 at 22:35:44

Most if not all hard drive manufacturers have a hard drive diagnostic tool that can be easily downloaded from their website.

Go to your HDD manufacturer's site, get the utility and run it on your hard drive, to at least rule out the HDD.

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October 8, 2005 at 04:21:22

Did you run the scans and disk clean up suggested by Jaybuck? What about chkdsk? Also check if ur running out of HD space or whether ur drive is cluttered. If so getting rid of the trash and defragmenting might also help improve the boot time. The start up items cud be another thing that might be causing trouble.

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October 8, 2005 at 11:41:41

I ran it all, and the test were fine all the spyware I'm pretty sure its not a virus either, ran panda online scan and nothing. =(

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October 8, 2005 at 14:56:18

To eliminate the possibility of a corrupt user profile which is could be follow the M$ suggestion at this link

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October 9, 2005 at 20:07:19

Wow, jabuck I'd like to thank you cause it was the account problem, that was one thing I didn't expect. I just made a new account and just making the new account elimated the problem of slow booting, it even boots up the old account fast since there is another account either than mine. Thanks a lot, what would be a cause of this happening?

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October 9, 2005 at 20:16:32

Also, I've just deleted the new account made and it seems to work fine, I guess all it needed was a new account for one second some how, it doesn't make sense to me that to repair this problem was to make a new account because I thought the original account was corrupt itself, and just that when I made a new account it didn't go directly into the original and instead into the menu asking which account. Now that I've deleted the new account and the original is default it works fine, I'm happy about it but it just seemed a little weird but then again, computer software problems isn't my forte.

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October 10, 2005 at 03:40:33

Just a typical corrupt file.

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October 18, 2005 at 11:21:48

Aww crap...I have the same problem. I created another user profile and it boots fine, but when I delete that new user profile, it slows back down.

Anyone have any ideas?

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