Long Windows XP Splash Time...

November 11, 2009 at 06:25:58
Specs: Windows XP SP2, 3.G
Hello Everyone,

For some reason my desktop takes a long time to boot up, it’s only when it hits the Windows XP Splash. The splash can take from 1 to 1.5 minutes alone. Once the splash is done, the programs load fast. I’m stumped!

Here are some of the things I’ve done;

AVG virusscan, Malwarebytes scan, Spybot scan, Super AntiSpyware scan. Nothing Detected!

Added more ram, currently it’s at 3GB.

I changed the System Configuration Utility Start Up and Services to only start and load the bare essentials. I left anything listed from Microsoft alone.
The Start up selection is currently at selective start up and the Boot.INI tab has /NOGUIBOOT checked off.

I went into BIOS and checked the Boot Sequence to ensure that it’s booting from the Hard Drive and not the CD Rom Drive. I also checked to make sure there weren’t any discs in the drives; I know sometimes this can slow up the boot process.

I changed the Startup and Recovery Settings by unchecking "Time to Display list of Operating Systems and Time to display recovery options when needed.

Performed a Scan disk and disc Defrag.

Im currently running XP SP2.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


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November 11, 2009 at 08:39:04
Boot into Windows, press Ctrl-Alt Del to bring up Task Manager. Look at the lower left...how many processes are listed?

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November 11, 2009 at 10:54:23
If the windows splash screen stays for a long time, the reason might be the \windows\prefetch folder.
Windows stores small files to this folder, to optimize the boot process, but forgets to delete old programs, that you might have uninstalled long time ago.
You can empty the folder \windows\prefetch and reboot the system.

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November 11, 2009 at 15:48:58

Currently there are 37 processes running. I also noticed a couple of duplicate processes running like iexplore and svchost.exe. Dont know if that means anything.


I emptied \windows\prefetch folder and rebooted as instructed, unfortunately there was no difference.

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November 11, 2009 at 17:51:26
37 processes is quite a lot.
Are there 37 processes running directly after reboot?
I guess there may run some things like jusched, that starts automatically to search for updates.
May other installed programs does start autoupdate process or quickstart processes.

You might also take a look at the desktop.
It's alway a bad idea to download programs or whatever and store them on the desktop, because alls these things must be loaded and maybe checked for viruses on startup.

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November 12, 2009 at 01:33:22

What do you mean by, "May other installed programs does start autoupdate process or quickstart processes."

My deskop is completely clean with the exception of the trash bin.

Has anyone else encountered this problem?

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November 12, 2009 at 08:15:14
Use msconfig.exe, go to the Systemstart tab and see, what is getting started automatically.

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November 12, 2009 at 12:24:40
I unchecked about 75% of the items that start up. Currently there are only 7 which are the bare essentials.

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November 12, 2009 at 13:20:13
The fact that deleting prefetch files made no difference was predictable. It's a well known myth that is posted all over the web, based on a misinderstanding of how XP Prefetch works. These files are pruned back automatically to just the latest ones every few days anyhow.


some other bloke...

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November 12, 2009 at 14:01:07

The problem is, if your installed system is lets say 2 years old, the prefetch folder holds old entries, that may no longer exist on the system.
So what happens?
During startup, the system searches for these non existing progams, and that takes time.

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November 12, 2009 at 14:50:06
Watch the folder when it gets above 128. Within a few days you will see the sudden reducion (oldest first). It goes down to 32 but will collect new ones on booting resulting in a new total around the lower 40's.

The system doesn't search for non-existent programs. When each existing program is started it simply looks for a matching prefetch file in order start them more quickly. All the rest are simply ignored (see my previous link).

If you empty the prefetch "folder", this means the file layout.ini is also deleted. You might be lucky but several folk have found that it doesn't come back so all programs start slowly from then on.

If you didn't go along with the advice on that link I gave you, try this one:
Even MS have confirmed this if you google around.

Anyhow, nuf said, believe what you wish but I'm sticking to the fact that it is a pointless thing to do.

some other bloke...

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November 12, 2009 at 15:32:35
Moving on:

Multiple svchosts task are normal and so are iexplore.exe entries if you are using IE8.

As it is the Windows splash that is taking time this pretty well excludes BIOS and points to the loading of Windows itself. Most other programs start up when you reach the desktop.

It sounds as if Windows has got screwed up. If it happened recently you could use System Restore, otherwise you might have to go for bigger guns.

There is a possibility that installing SP3 could happen to sort things out. I wouldn't stake too much money on it but it does change the way Windows works internally in some ways so the present bugs might vanish in the process.

some other bloke...

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November 12, 2009 at 16:01:09
If at all possible I want to avoid having to install SP3, I had it installed and had an adverse reaction, my PC in turn also got incredibly slow.

The Current Programs running on start up according to the System Configuration Utility are;

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C'mon guys i know im not the only one who has experienced this problem.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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November 12, 2009 at 17:52:20
Have you already checked the event viewer for errors?

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November 24, 2009 at 03:18:39

Everything seems fine in the event viewer.

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November 24, 2009 at 07:50:16
Is there any USB device connected to the computer, e.g. USB Hub, harddrive or whatever?
USB Hubs can slow down the computer, not only during startup. Some USB harddrives needs a real long time to spin up and initialize to the OS.

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November 25, 2009 at 10:50:33
Yes i have a Western Digital external harddrive. However ive had it for over a year and only started having the problem for about a month now.

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