Takes 30 minutes to boot Windows xp?

January 13, 2011 at 09:15:30
Specs: Windows XP, p4 512
It is a Dell 8200 wint XP HOME. Works good after boots but takes 30 minutes or so to boot Windows up to use. I have deleed everything out of the startup in msconfig.

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#1
January 13, 2011 at 09:59:06
I would try emptying your prefetch folder. Should be located at c:windows\prefetch and is usually hidden so you'll have to unhide system files and folders. If this does not do it I would try starting in safe mode to see if it boots faster. If it does then the problem should be software relaited, something installed recently, anti virus program configurations, or corrupted drivers maybe.

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#2
January 13, 2011 at 11:09:01
It does boot quickly to the Safe mode. I will try deleting everything in the prefetch folder. I will also try to remove some recently added programs.

I have another computer that boots a little slow and runs real slow. I did all the updates and cleaned it up but still is slow. It does have Norton 360 on it and I am thinking it is dragging the system down. It only has 512mb RAM as well.


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#3
January 13, 2011 at 11:27:47
Could be the system is overheating or too many apps loading at startup. It could also be infected. Of course, if you run bloatware such as Norton, a slow PC is to be expected.

http://www.microsoft.com/security_e...


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#4
January 13, 2011 at 12:41:57
I would check to see what programs are loading at start up. If you have any scanning utilities set to run at boot they could take that long or longer.

The fact that the computer boots fast when booting to safe mode indicates either a program or a driver for hardware that doesn't get loaded in safe mode.


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#5
January 13, 2011 at 13:45:04
Since it boots well in safe mode I am leaning towards Norton. Like OtheHill stated if it is set to scan your system at startup it can take a while. You have not said that it runs slow so I am assuming it does not. If this is the case then I do not beleive it is a matter of too many programs running at startup unless most of them only run at startup otherwise they would slow the system down. I am thinking Norton or any other program that scans your system at startup or maybe one or more corrupted device drivers. I would think though that you would get some sort of message that says something to the effct of " windows could not load "whatever" if the problem persists see your admin." if it was a device driver problem.

Is norton the only anti virus program you have? Having more than one running can cause this and other problems. If only Norton check you options or settings or preferences, I forget how Norton words it, to see what of Norton is set to run at startup.

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#6
January 13, 2011 at 14:47:44
DO NOT modify the contents of the Prefetch folder. Let Windows handle it exclusively. You're actually making more work for the OS and effectively slowing it down.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/...
http://blog.tune-up.com/myth-buster...
http://www.edbott.com/weblog/2005/0...

Norton products are resource hogs so I recommend a lighter product like Avira Antivir Personal (free).

You will definitely notice a speed increase by upgrading to 1024 MB of RAM. I suggest even 2048 MB (2 GB) if your motherboard can handle it.

I just checked the Dell specs for your model and it does support up to 2 GB of RAM, although you'll need to use 4x512 MB RDRAM (PC800) modules. Unfortunately, RDRAM is so old that it's rare and very expensive. Newegg.com doesn't even carry it. There are sellers on Amazon.com that sell 1 GB for $63.
http://www.amazon.com/Dimension-PC8...

I'm betting you also have spyware on your computer, so download Malwarebytes' Anti-malware, update all available definitions, and run a full scan. This free product is used by professionals in the field of malware removal, and it's easy to use for most everyone.


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#7
January 14, 2011 at 05:21:36
Thank you all for your help or input. On the computer that takes 30 minutes to bring Windows up I see a PCI driver error in yellow in device manager. Plus I will delete the prefetch contents and see if that helps. And uninstall some recent kids programs loaded on it and see it that helps.
On the computer that runs slow I found Ad-aware running and since they have Norton 360 got rid of ad-aware. Plus I unchecked some of Nortons programs then ran Norton in the silent mode and it is much faster now. As a note, after using Norton for 15 years since 2008 when Norton crashed my system I now use Trend Anti-virus on my own computer and like it very much.
Both systems are short on RAM I think even XP Home needs 1 GB and we are at 512 or so.

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#8
January 14, 2011 at 05:34:48
Ad-aware and Norton do not necessarily conflict. However, Ad-aware is obsolete. Try using Ccleaner Slim instead. Get it at the link below. Lose Norton as was suggested.

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

Malwarebytes is also an excellent program.


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#9
January 14, 2011 at 10:50:28
I have gone so far as to delete the prefetch folder with no ill effects at all. When the system is rebooted it recreates the folder only now it is empty. Prefetch is supposed to make it easier to load the programs the system uses at startup. Over a long period of time though this folder gets filled with things that are not needed during startup. It should not need to be cleaned out often just say once every two to three months. You can limit the size of this file but it seems to be more efficient when windows handles it until it gets cluttered full of junk, in my opinion. Setting limits on it in my experience does not really help others experiences may be different. To be honest I delete mine everytime I defrag. Does it need to be done? Probably not but in more than ten years it has not caused me a problem.

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#10
January 14, 2011 at 11:12:47
What's all this stuff about Prefetch? Prefetch files are not even looked at unless their names start with the name of a specific and existing exe file, with which they are associated. It is therefore pointless deleting them. It might not do much harm (just slowing the start of some programs) but it certainly will do no good. Windows does not allow them to exceed 132 in number anyhow and regularly reduces them to just the newest 32. A few old files that are completely ignored can have no bearing on any computer problem. It's just an urban legend.

When you start in safe mode you use minimal drivers, therefore if the machine then starts faster it is most likely a driver issue. The first thing you should do is sort out the PCI driver error in device manager. It wouldn't hurt to uninstall it from Device Manager and reboot. If it still shows then you take it from there.

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#11
January 23, 2011 at 07:50:25
Computer still takes 20+ minutes to load up Windows XP. I deleted the prefetch and this did not help. HOWEVER, I found a yllowed PCI driver problem in the device manager. Since all other devices were ok I delelted that PCI item. The computer then booted fast, BUT I could not get on the Inernet DSL, even though the network NIC was ok and had no driver issue. The drive is for a Realtec NIC but I am not sure this was the original Dell NIC as I tried to reload the original Dell NIC drivers and they were different. On re-boot the PCI port was found and came back with a driver error but DSL now worked again. What is the solution? A new NIC? Move the NIC to another PCI slot? Thanks, Steve

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#12
January 23, 2011 at 08:24:41
That yellow sign was probably indicating that a driver needed to be updated, not deleted. I'm not sure which driver, driver version you had at the time. But perhaps if you have your original paperwork, it will say exactly what driver it was. Then, you can search for that driver. Moving the PCI card to a different PCI slot will not affect the performance as it needs the driver to function. (in other words, the car can sit on either side of the driveway, but without the key (the driver) I can't do anything with it).

http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/...


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#13
January 23, 2011 at 15:40:06
Go to the link below and enter the service tag number off your Dell computer to find the drivers for that computer.

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...

The second link below is for a Dimension 8200. Better to use the service tag though.

http://support.dell.com/support/dow...


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