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XP Loading Your Personal Settings is slow

Amd athlon / Atx
January 26, 2010 at 10:32:24
This pc is very slow during boot - it sits at Loading your personal settings for a full 60 seconds or other computers do not do this....

I have searched this and found a few solutions that state it's usually a DNS problem. I have no idea what any of that means. Could someone please explain how to check/fix this in "dummy" terminology? It may be wise to note that this computer is not mine - I am using it at my home however it will be logged on permanently at another location.

OR if there are other things to check please advise. I did look in the Event Log and there are no problems listed there.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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January 26, 2010 at 23:12:23
sox, slowness can have a number of causes and volumes have been written about it. That said, my SWAG is memory. Anything that consumes available memory is a possibility. I'd first defrag in hopes that memory is OK and the problem is simply scattered fragments of files causing slow HDD access. Sorta doubt it, but ...
Next I'd redo my start up menu to be sure a bunch of unnecessary stuff hadn't got put in there. Find a list of 'musts' @:
There're others.
Next I'd try redoing a file called '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.
It might also have to do with your AV. If it's scanning each item each time, it can be a REALLY slow process.
As you can see, a slow machine can have a number of causes and we've just scratched the surface. GOOD LUCK!
Ed in Texas.

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January 27, 2010 at 05:50:30
Ed in Texas knows of what he says . I have my PC ,WindowsXP MCE 2005 as lean as you can and still the bootup is much to slow . I have 3 GB. of DDR2 RAM , I have the freeware utiltiy CCleeaner and use it each time after I log off the internet ,prior to shutting down my PC . My startup's in MSCONFIG is down to only seven items loading and still the bootup time is much to long . I've been trying to troubleshoot this slow bootup and Iam amazed at how many people have this same problem ! I do have Norton Security Suite and now that my virus definitions have just expried Iam thinking of removing it from my system and installing one of the freeware anti-virus that are available online ,Iam not even sure that I need any becasue my ISP has anti virus protection so as long as I do not download any unknown emails to outlook express and just view them on my ISP mail service . I also have Windsows Defender installed . Iam a little nervous about uninstalling Norton ,I have read stories of it ripping the guts out of your system when uninstalled, I can only restate what Ed in Texas said about installing CCleaner a very nice freeware utility ! Good Luck,

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