slow computer startup

Acer / Extensa e261
September 16, 2010 at 13:24:05
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 1.8 GHz / 447 MB
please help me solve why my computer takes around 10 minutes to finish the start process.

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September 16, 2010 at 13:45:57
I can only guess that you have a bunch of garbage programs loading at startup, plus you need more RAM. Try running MSCONFIG to check the startup list:

How to use MSCONFIG in Windows XP

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September 16, 2010 at 23:59:07
johnnyjap, Slowness is one of the more common complaints heard and it can have a number of causes. I'll enumerate a few of the more common and we'll hope that hits you.

Cable access? The number of folks trying to access the net at once can slow things down. Get up in the middle of the night and see if it's faster. If so, learn to love it (the slowness), it's them not you.

Speed depends on memory and a lot of machines are right on the borderline when it comes to meeting required minimums so any added 'memory hog' has an adverse effect. Add memory?
Sorta along those same lines is your startup menu. Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could exist without their masterpiece so they put it in the startup menu. That usually only causes slow booting, but ... Take a look at what you have running in the background and be sure there aren't extras.

An overzealous firewall reading each item over and over can significantly slow things. Kinda along those same lines are temporary files. Search for *.tmp,*.chk,~*.*, .chk (c/p so there’re no errors) You should only have 1 file containing your currently active files. Delete any others found (tip: select all and delete. It’ll tell you which is active and can’t be deleted.).

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 (daily).
There're others, but those are some of the more common. Suggested further reading: http://speedupslowcomputer-shelly.b...
As stated, too many items starting is a good guess. Find a list of things you MUST have in your startup menu @:
As you can see, there're two separate critters involved here, starting up and running. Pick the one that applies (possible it's both?).
Ed in Texas.

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September 17, 2010 at 08:07:06
Hi Ed,
Thanks for your suggestions and I tried them but nothing changed.
It still takes about 2 1/2 minutes to load the desktop items from the time
the welcome screen appears.
This also occurred after disabling all the start up objects and using the CCleaner.


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September 17, 2010 at 09:53:00

You need to upgrade your RAM.
Have you installed Service Pack 3 or not yet?

CCleaner and disabling the start-up programs should help a lot but if you still have the same problem, there must be some other reasons. Sometimes, you have to format to get rid of this. Sometimes, the way we use our PCs could make them slow. It depends and case to case but I guess it's either your OS, it could be your RAM or both.

I have 2GB RAM and P4 Intel CPU but my XP SP3 takes more time to load than my Linux Ubuntu on the same machine. Vista, oh boy, it needs years!

By the way, try Defragment too.

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October 5, 2010 at 11:19:49

It looks like there has been a lot of great suggestions already. If you have done all these and are still having problems you need to check your ram. Make sure you have enough and test it you can do that in your bios most likely. I would also download a core temperature sensing program like SpeedFan or Core Temp. If your chip is running hotter than 60C you need to check that your fans are running and use some canned air to blow out all the dust in your tower. Airflow is very important and can slow your computer drastically.

Hope this helps
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