how do I Optimize very slow XP start up

March 20, 2011 at 06:57:49
Specs: Windows XP, 3100 processor
the start up is getting longer and longerhow do I correct this

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#1
March 20, 2011 at 07:21:39
Start Run msconfig then click startup tab, untick what you don't want. You will need antivirus running at the very least.

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#2
March 20, 2011 at 08:04:02
You can use MSCONFIG as stated above.

http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msc...

You can also install CCleaner-Slim, fire it up, click TOOLS, then STARTUP - all the startup programs will be listed & you'll have the option to either disable or delete.

You should use CCleaner-Slim regulary anyway:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...


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#3
March 20, 2011 at 08:26:25
Hi,

There are many ways to speed up your boot sequence.

One way is to reduce the timeout that runs a pause before contunuing the boot. Go to Run and type "msconfig" (no quotes). Under the "Boot" tab, there should be a field called "timeout" with a number in it - the number of seconds of the timeout. I suggest setting it to ~5.

Another way is to defragment your drive. It doesn't always make a big difference, but it helps. Go to Start -> All programs -> Accesories -> System Tools -> Disk Defragmenter and follow the instructions.

These are two of many ways to make things faster, and reply if they don't work.


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#4
March 20, 2011 at 09:16:27
The timeout in boot.ini only matters if you are running a dual boot. It is the time you wait for it to default to the default operating system if you do not make a choice. If you only have one operating system it makes no difference reducing this. It is a common misconception or myth.

Please come back and let us know how you got on.


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#5
March 22, 2011 at 11:51:21
Tread carefully with optimizer programs. Over the years there have been countless instances of them messing up the computer.

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#6
March 23, 2011 at 02:14:23
ashe123j, I'm pretty much inclined to agree with the previous post suggesting you have a bloated start menu. Lots of software writers seem to think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the start menu. Edit? Windows has certain files that MUST be present in order for it to work. Individual proggies may require others.
Find a list of 'musts' @:
http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startu...
or
http://www.castlecops.com/startup_c...
or
http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
or
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/sta...

Another 'maybe'? A common ailment is a file called 'index.dat'. It gets read every time and can take quite a while if it’s too bloated. It's like a log file and keeps a record of every site you visit on the web. Empty, it's 32K, but it can grow HUGE. It's a protected file and can't be deleted by normal methods. CCleaner (free @: http://www.ccleaner.com/) can get rid of it when it’s ticked (not to worry, it gets rebuilt EMPTY on the next boot.). May not be your deal at all, but won’t cause any harm to try.
HTH
Ed in Texas


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