speed up computer startup

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November 24, 2010 at 19:40:57
Specs: win xp pro, 956mhz - 512m ram
laptop takes forever to start. the window's sign with the scrolling bar at the bottom sometimes takes several minutes to stop. i only have 2-3 small programs loading at startup, got rid of the unnecessary ones using msconfig.
anyone know why it takes so long to startup? thanks

vandal67


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#1
November 25, 2010 at 01:36:39
vandal67, first thing I'd do is make sure there's no nasty causing it (virus, worm/trojan, etc.?). 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. WARNING! FYI, a full scan on mine takes over an hour.) can do the job and you can get it free @:
http://www.superantispyware.com/
among other places. They have a Vista compatible version if needed. Dunno about Windows 7 or later.
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.
Once you're sure you have a clean machine, 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...
make sure there're no xtras in your startup menu.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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November 25, 2010 at 09:05:37
thanks ed, actually it's my friend's computer, and he has superantispyware installed. i will follow your instructions and let u know the results.

vandal67


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#3
November 26, 2010 at 12:34:18
did as instructed. did not find any viruses

vandal67


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#4
November 27, 2010 at 01:27:39
vandal6, did you take a look at the startup menu in the control panel to be sure no extras are there? Lots of software writers think there's no possible way we could live without their masterpiece, so they put it there needed or not. Too many can REALLY slow things down.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.


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#5
December 9, 2010 at 19:06:45
thanks to all. conclusion: computer very old, slowly dying.

vandal67


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#6
December 10, 2010 at 02:08:03
You could try disabling all the unneeded services that are running in the background. Black Vipers website has a list of the required services, giving a guideline to which ones can safely be disabled. You'd be surprised just how much of a performance boost you can get by getting rid of these resource hogs.

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