Slow Boot Speed when network connections load

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January 15, 2010 at 17:03:15
Specs: Windows XP
When I boot my computer, the first 2 programs in teh tray boot pretty quickly (MacAfee & Power) then it takes an additional minute before the Local Area Connection and Network Connections Load. It makes the startup take VERY long. I have Service Pack 3 and I thought this was supposed to remedy this. Any advice on stuff I can try to improve the startup speed?

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January 16, 2010 at 02:34:57
ThaRide, several things come into play here. My first thought is firewall. If it's set so it scans each item as it loads, it can take quite a while. Modify?
My next thought is the start up menu itself. Many software writers store their masterpiece there when it doesn't have to be. Streamline?
Find a list of 'must haves' @:
If that doesn't do it, try compacting 'index.dat'. 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 @: 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. I run it often.
At the same time, you can set CCleaner to delete your 'temp' files just in case something else isn't already. That should cover MOST possible ills. If not, post back.
Ed in Texas.

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January 16, 2010 at 05:57:05
I am experiencing a similar issue on my new laptop. Tried most of the tweaks but cant seem to improve the boot. I wonder whether it cannot get any better. Are there any programs that help improve boot times and has anyone used them? (Apologies if I am interrupting the thread)

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January 16, 2010 at 14:45:39

Thanks for taking teh time to respond. I checked msconfig to see what was booting up at startup and there was Apoint, 3 McAfee files, 3 Network printer files, mcescomm & WMPNSCFG. I disabled all but the Apoint & McAfee stuff in various configurations including all of them but the Apoint & McAfee and it didnt help. I regularly use CCleaner and also use Smart Defrag. I have noticed that there are services running when I look in msconfig. Could one of them be teh culprit?

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January 17, 2010 at 00:06:48
ThaRide, sorta grasping at straws here, possible you have a nasty (I'm thinking worm/trojan) at work? Be aware that a virus and a Trojan are similar, but not the same. Many times, an AV detects one it can't clean, other times, it gets missed entirely.
If you need to clean one, Superantispyware (info only. I’m not paid for recommendation) can do the job and you can get it free @:
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed Dunno about Windows 7..
If it turns out that you need to use it, be sure to update Superantispyware prior to running and disable 'restore' (restart after cleaning) so the nasty doesn't get put back. They just released a new update recently and it changes all the time. Things are in a constant state of flux.
The restore thing is critical. May not be your deal at all, but won't hurt anything to try.
Ed in Texas.

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January 19, 2010 at 02:24:07
Installed it. Used it. It found only a few Adware files, and it didnt help boot speed so I removed it. I have been using MCAfee, why would this program do a better job at finding/removing virusus because a few days after I removed it, it seemed as though I was hit by a virus that I had to remove.

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January 19, 2010 at 20:30:46
Slow problem is a common event for Windows user. It's not all related with hardware, registry, viruses or spyware!

"No matter how fast or shiny computers might be when they're new, they all seem to get slower over time." Microsoft claimed that on their technical forum(Windows 7 forum).

In fact, Windows built-in a lot of services and startup item start with system. So if you want a faster computer, you need to disable some of them first.

I saw an article before. It descripe how to make your windows faster.
-------> How to Speed Up Computer

If you still don't know how to disable services safety, Click here to fix Windows SLow by professional tools.

Any problems? Welcome to discuss with me! Enjoy it !

Keron Chew
------- A Computer Technication.

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