The loooooong wait.

Microsoft Windows xp professional editio...
October 22, 2009 at 09:08:21
Specs: Windows XP
I have a Dell which has Windows XP. There was an older installation of XP that no longer works and I installed Vista but the hard drive with Vista on it isn't even in that computer anymore.

When I start up, some smaller programs work right away (administrative tools, for example) but iTunes and Explorer take about five or six minutes to start up.

I click on the Icon and see the hourglass but then several minutes go by before they start.

Also, when I am starting up, it asks me which windows I want to use, even though the other two don't even really exist anymore.

What can I do to get rid of these "phantom" Windows and also find out what is delaying Explorer and iTunes?

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October 22, 2009 at 09:33:30
have you run chkdsk /f?
when was the last time you defragged?
how much ram in the system?

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October 22, 2009 at 09:42:00
Thanks. I'm not sure what chkdsk is. Where would I find it?

I don't recall exactly how much RAM but it's a lot, probably the max (I used to do 3D animation on this computer) and there is tons of free hard drive space, but I'll check again. Defragmented when I removed all the old software.

thanks for the feedback.

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