Half an hour to start Windows XP?

December 6, 2010 at 03:52:12
Specs: Windows xp
i have a hp compaq mini, and completed a system restore yesterday. my windows xp is now not running properly, taking at least half an hour after the switching on. when i get to my desk top, the performance is soooooo slow, to the point of 10 min's to load even the start menu.
the xp was pre installed and i have the product key but unsure how to re install it if this is required.
i have tried to restore from last point and this has had no effect.
please help

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December 6, 2010 at 07:10:36
Could be an infection, could be overheating. Why did you do the system restore in the 1st place?

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December 6, 2010 at 07:24:43
it was running slow, had defraged and checked for bugs, removed all surplus stuff and other chcks that are advised.
have had no evidence of virus, scanned and all that jazz. the fan is not working any harder than usual.
Thnks for ur time

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December 6, 2010 at 08:30:19
I am wondering how old the computer is.

Not that age is a true factor but there was a rash of bad capacitors a few years ago. If the caps are bulging or leaking the system will begin to fail.

You may want to look up and see if your system is listed as one that has had this problem.

If you do decide to do a clean install....be sure to get a free program to back up all your drivers first...put them on cd or floppy. Also copy and past all you registration and serial numbers to a text file.....floppy or cd....

Also " siw a free program will work" compare and right down the key to reinstall.
Depending on how the os was installed the system may be using a key different than the one on the coa sticker.

The reason I mentioned caps is, I have a system that took 36 hours to format a 40
gig hard drive and 15 hours to install xp. It takes 18 minutes to boot up. Once it boots it still runs ok...but all I use it for is to test sata, ide and scsi drives.

It has two bad caps.....and will one day fail completely..... LOL!

If not the caps I would look at the power supply, hd and memory should a clean install not correct the problem.

Post back with an update.....

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December 6, 2010 at 08:41:28
thanks, for the ideas will let u know how i go.
its only 11months old,but the tech guys wont help as they say its out of warranty, poopy people.
sat looking at black screen now, its all so frustrating. it says that windows is still there but wont run the programs and have no internet on it now ahhhhhh

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December 6, 2010 at 10:23:29
Well the Universal answer is (tongue in cheek) is It's a hardware or software problem. LOL!

I would at this point "looking at black screen now" remove the hard drive and see if will at least post (start up) if no joy remove the cdrom.....still no joy??? Find a good computer repair shop and get a quote.

More damage can be done to Netbooks and laptops trying to repair them than the original problem. Tiny, delicate compact parts.

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December 6, 2010 at 13:56:57
I'd make a live usb and see if it seems slow. Might even make a live usb of some diag OS like ultimate boot cd and run some tests.

Why did it take me over a year to phone in a problem to ATT?

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December 11, 2010 at 15:15:36
thanks or all ur help guys, i took the last bit of advice and its now in the shop so will up date u with what they did when (if) i get it back working

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