XP speed to a crawl

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  1. Willi W

    Willi W Auditioning

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    When I installed XP Pro I was drilled how fast it would boot
    Now, a few month down the road, I can go for a coffee when I have to restart
    I don't have to many apps installed and I use only a few regular. I also defragmented the drives - still very, very, very slow to boot
    Any ideas what to do?
     
  2. nolesrule

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    Did you do a complete system level defrag? You need a third-party defrag tool to do it because it defrags at boot.

    Took almost a day on my computer, but that's because it's a slow machine. Was certainly worth it when it finished.
     
  3. Mike LS

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    If you reformatted when you installed XP, and it was only a few months ago, I can't imagine that you'd really have a fragmentation issue.......
     
  4. Jesse Leonard

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    If it is only happening on boot, then it is having problems loading a driver or starting a service. You don't happen to have a Compaq USB keyboard, do you?
     
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    What's the story with Compaq USB keyboards and XP? My wife has a Compaq with XP and it frequently freezes when booting up.
     
  6. Willi W

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    I installed on a newly formatted hard drive.
    What 3rd party defrag program do you recommend?
    I use no Compaq USB keyboard, I am still PS/2
    The boot process is fine until it hit's the desktop. When the desktop appears is when it slows down. I have a few things like ZoneAlarm, McAfee, PowerStrip, that get loaded but they where there from the beginning on and then everything went fast. Now it can take up to 2 or 3 minutes from the time the desktop appears until everything has loaded.
    If it wasn't such a drag to re-install everything I would do it in a sec
     
  7. Paul E. Fox II

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    Willi,
    Check out www.tweakxp.com for a couple of tips on how you could possibly speed up your system. I've managed to find a few hints on keeping processes from starting AUTOMATICALLY on that site and you may be in the same boat.
    Hope this helps.
     
  8. Charles J P

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    DisKeeper is about the best 3rd party defrager and it does allow you to defrag your boot sector, which is not possible in the OS-included defrag software.
     
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    That's what I use.
     
  10. Kris Coffin

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    What kind of Internet connection do you have? Broadband? DSL? Have they changed in the recent past from one to the other? I have had the same issue since I made the switch from cable modem to DSL. WinXP automatically tries to contact the net when it starts up, with a cable modem, no issue, it is always on the second the system starts. But with DSL, you are not on until you start the dial-up, so you have to wait for the network check to time out, this can lead to what seems like a system hang for a minute or two.

    KC
     
  11. Willi W

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    Got cable [​IMG]
    Thx to all for the info!
     
  12. Wayne Bundrick

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    Look into the bootvis program by Microsoft to trace the boot sequence and optimize it.
     
  13. Chuck C

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    Maybe it has to do with programs in the startup....


    run msconfig

    start ---> Run... ---> type msconfig, press enter (OK)

    select the startup tab and uncheck ALL OF EM
     
  14. Robert_Gaither

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    Might also recommend to get a copy of ad-aware and see if any spyware loading up might slow it down, my neighbor's computer had about 60+ spyware and it slowed it down tremendously until they were removed.
     
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    Try disabling the antivirus program, so that it will not run on bootup. Antivirus software absolutely kills PC performance, and might be contributing to your boot problem.

    I second running adaware to get rid of other nasties!
     

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