Slow start-up

July 28, 2008 at 11:03:46
Specs: Win XP, 2 GB
I currently have a problem when booting up my Dell Dimension 9100 PC with Windows XP. My programs do start up ok and quickly with only selected programs needed at start up. However, the problem I am having occurs when I try to open internet explorer or another program after start up, it will take up to 2 minutes to open a program with no hard drive activity during this period. I have used Win Clean which is a program to clean up the registry and other clutter hoping that this would help, however but it hasnt. My PC is does run smoothly however it is only at start up that I have delays opening a program. Any suggestions to cure this problem will be helpful. Thanks.

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July 28, 2008 at 11:07:08
Try a System Restore to before this started.

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July 28, 2008 at 11:40:20
I've done that already and the problem still occurs.

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July 28, 2008 at 12:34:30
do not do system restore, i dont trust it at all.

Go to start>Run>MSCONFIG

under the start up tab a large majority of services you dont need directly at startup.

deselect those you deem unnesicary such as nero, windows live messenger, steam, office groove, skype etc etc etc.

also give ccleaner a shot, i have not tried your program but ccleaner has done me wonders.

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July 28, 2008 at 12:55:37
JTM718, if the System Restore didn't help (which I think is kinda odd). That probably eliminates a Registry problem and any software that might have been installed. It's a good idea to reverse the System Restore back to the original, if you haven't already done it.

If you have any external devices connected (USB, firewire, ethernet, etc), you could try disconnecting them to see if it makes any difference.

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July 28, 2008 at 14:11:30
I'm wondering if it has to do with the ethernet cable connected to my Linksys router because when I disconnect the cable from my router all of my programs start up quickly. It seems to get slow once connected to my cable modem. Can it be that my router or ISP is causing the slow down when I start up?

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July 28, 2008 at 16:30:40
It sounds like the system might be looking for a device on the LAN. Do you have any mapped drives that are no longer available?

You might have to go to the Networking forum for help. I'm not all that knowledgeable in that area. But maybe someone who is will pop in here.

You could power your router/modem off and on to see if that helps.

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July 29, 2008 at 00:50:29
change settings on your IE7 to load this as default page:


then see if it loads any faster.
or just try firefox ?

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July 29, 2008 at 06:45:52
Is it possible you have an AV program trying to update or scan when you first start your computer?

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July 30, 2008 at 00:06:52
Or a virus trying to send/receive data?

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